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Peter Apps

Column: Chinese, local drones reflect changing Middle East

07 Mar 2019

LONDON Ever since 9/11, drones have been amongst the most visible, and often controversial, signs of American power in the Middle East and beyond. But as regional powers look to chart their own course, a new generation of cheaper unmanned aerial vehicles - Chinese or locally built, with far fewer restrictions on their use - are taking to the skies.

COLUMN-Korea talks failure caps worrying week for world peace: Peter Apps

01 Mar 2019

March 1 With Russian nuclear threats, India and Pakistan on the brink of all-out war and now U.S.-North Korea talks breaking down in Vietnam, it has been a messy week for diplomacy. Great powers seem ever more willing to embrace the drama of confrontation over meaningful communication – and even when they try, it seems increasingly hard to bring them to a deal.

Commentary: Are China, Russia winning the AI arms race?

16 Jan 2019

In October 31 Chinese teenagers reported to the Beijing Institute of Technology, one of the country’s premier military research establishments. Selected from more than 5000 applicants, Chinese authorities hope they will design a new generation of artificial intelligent weapons systems that could range from microscopic robots to computer worms, submarines, drones and tanks.

Column: Are China, Russia winning the AI arms race?

16 Jan 2019

In October, 31 Chinese teenagers reported to the Beijing Institute of Technology, one of the country’s premier military research establishments. Selected from more than 5000 applicants, Chinese authorities hope they will design a new generation of artificial intelligent weapons systems that could range from microscopic robots to computer worms, submarines, drones and tanks.

Commentary: Will China go to war over Taiwan?

08 Jan 2019

In the first week of 2019, as China grabbed headlines for landing a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, a New Year’s Day editorial in the nation’s official military newspaper told its readers that “war preparations” should be a top priority for the year. The following day, President Xi Jinping offered a forceful reminder of what Beijing considers its most likely focus of conflict to be: Taiwan.

Column: The biggest security threats in 2019

01 Jan 2019

With an ongoing trade war between the United States and China, Russian military posturing in Eastern Europe at its greatest since the Cold War and the most unpredictable U.S. administration in living memory, 2019 may offer no shortage of strategic surprises.

Commentary: The biggest security threats in 2019

01 Jan 2019

With an ongoing trade war between the United States and China, Russian military posturing in Eastern Europe at its greatest since the Cold War and the most unpredictable U.S. administration in living memory, 2019 may offer no shortage of strategic surprises.

Commentary: Mattis exit makes the world more volatile

22 Dec 2018

For Washington’s national security community and overseas allies, the departure of U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is a nasty surprise. President Donald Trump started 2018 with a triumvirate of respected current and former generals seen as central to restraining his wilder foreign policy instincts. Now that constraint will soon be gone, leaving U.S. international relations hugely less predictable.

Column: Five moments that defined 2018

18 Dec 2018

From the rapprochement between North and South Korea at the Winter Olympics in January to December’s frantic news agenda, 2018 has had no shortage of surprises. Below are my key picks for the defining moments of the year.

Commentary: Five moments that defined 2018

17 Dec 2018

From the rapprochement between North and South Korea at the Winter Olympics in January to December’s frantic news agenda, 2018 has had no shortage of surprises. Below are my key picks for the defining moments of the year.

World News

Wall Street lifted by tech stocks; Boeing drags on Dow

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq extended last week's gains on Monday, lifted by technology and financial stocks, as investors waited for the Federal Reserve's policy meeting later this week for further clues on the pace of interest rate hikes.