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    Why China won't budge on N Korea

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 07/11/2017

    » Over the next few days, Donald Trump will be visiting the leaders of Japan, South Korea and China, and the same topic will dominate all three conversations: North Korea. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in will be looking for reassurance that the United States will protect them from North Korea's nuclear weapons, but in Beijing Mr Trump will be the supplicant.

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    If Trump tries to 'solve' N Korea, his bluff might be called

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 05/04/2017

    » Never mind the legalities of the situation. Never mind morality either. Just answer the pragmatic question: Is it ever a good idea to start a nuclear war? Because that's the notion that Donald Trump is actually playing with.

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    Adult supervision a tricky business at the White House

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 12/10/2017

    » Here's the scenario. Late one evening Donald Trump is watching Fox News and a report comes on that North Korea is planning to launch a missile that can reach the United States. (Kim Jong-un's regime has said it is going to do that one of these days -- but only as a test flight landing in the ocean somewhere, not as an attack.)

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    A tale of two bombs -- in Manchester and Bangkok

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 26/05/2017

    » There were two bombs on Monday. The one in Britain killed at least 22 people and injured 120 as they came out of a concert at Manchester Arena. It was carried out by a suicide bomber named Salman Abedi and claimed by the Islamic State (IS). The other was in Thailand, and injured 22 people at a military-linked hospital in Bangkok; nobody has claimed responsibility yet. But what happened afterwards was very different.

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    Another way of looking at the horrors of Hiroshima

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 26/05/2016

    » Today's Hiroshima doesn't give the TV journalists a lot to work with. It's a bustling, mid-sized Japanese city with only few reminders of its destruction by an atomic bomb in 1945. There's the skeletal dome of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall (which was right under the blast), and discreet plaques on various buildings saying that such-and-such a middle school, with 600 students, used to be on this site, and that's all.

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    Reunification of Syria under Assad

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 04/01/2017

    » So far the end-game in Syria has played out in an entirely predictable way. All of Aleppo is back in the Syrian government's hands, that decisive victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian backers has been followed by a ceasefire, and the Russians are now organising a peace conference in Astana, Kazakhstan for later this month.

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    Face-off looms over South China Sea

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 07/07/2016

    » Next Tuesday, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will issue its ruling on China's claim to practically all of the South China Sea. And already the main military contenders are moving more forces into the region.

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    Cameroon's war on anglophones is self-defeating

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 06/11/2019

    » Sometimes Donald Trump gets it right. In February he cut off US military aid to the central African country of Cameroon because of its appalling human rights record (and didn't even offer to restore it if the Cameroon government dug up dirt on his political opponents at home). Last Friday he acted again, dropping Cameroon from a pact that promotes trade between sub-Saharan African countries and the US.

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    The democratisation of airpower

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 25/09/2019

    » Big shifts in the military balance happen quietly over many years, and then leap suddenly into focus when the shooting starts.

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    Treachery reigns supreme in the Middle East

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 17/08/2019

    » Things have got so complicated in the Middle East that the players are no longer just stabbing each other in the back. They are stabbing each other in the chest, in the groin, behind the left ear -- anywhere that comes to hand. Friends and allies one day are targets and enemies the next.

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