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Mark Collins – South China Sea Update: Scarborough Shoal, China and Philippines

26 Sep

Further to this July post, China Loses South China Sea Arbitration–Calls Decision “political farce” a recent development: Prospect of Philippine Thaw Slows China’s Plans in South China Sea China’s …

Source: Mark Collins – South China Sea Update: Scarborough Shoal, China and Philippines

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Mark Collins – Crimea: Russia Looking for Excuse to Really Go at Ukraine?

10 Aug

This looks double plus not good–at MILNEWS.ca and keep following at twitter @milnews_ca: Deep breaths all round, folks … “FSB Russia prevented the commission of the Republic of Crimea terrori…

Source: Mark Collins – Crimea: Russia Looking for Excuse to Really Go at Ukraine?

Mark Collins – UK Internal Diplomacy Pre-Iraq Invasion 2003

3 Aug

A delightful post by erstwhile British ambassador Charles Crawford on inside bureaucratic workings (and the communications technology and procedures of that time long ago): Iraq: FCO Slapstick H/t …

Source: Mark Collins – UK Internal Diplomacy Pre-Iraq Invasion 2003

Mark Collins – China Loses South China Sea Arbitration–Calls Decision “political farce”

12 Jul

Further to this post, South China Sea: Verbal Fire from the Dragon Beijing reacts exactly as one expected; murky, quite possibly dangerous, seas ahead: Hague Court Strikes Down Beijing’s South Chin…

Source: Mark Collins – China Loses South China Sea Arbitration–Calls Decision “political farce”

Mark Collins – Chilcot Report: Iraq, Saddam and Tony and George

7 Jul

Erstwhile UK ambassador Charles Crawford writes a very interesting post on the conduct of diplomacy at the highest level between a little brother and a big brother (trying to play Athens to Rome on…

Source: Mark Collins – Chilcot Report: Iraq, Saddam and Tony and George

Mark Collins – South China Sea: Verbal Fire from the Dragon

5 Jul

Further to this post and “Comments”, South China Sea: USN Freedom of Navigation Ops vs China–Plus Vietnam China is really throwing its weight around as it awaits a likely unfavourable a…

Source: Mark Collins – South China Sea: Verbal Fire from the Dragon

Mark Collins – US Navy Carriers in South China Sea: Watch This, Dragon!

20 Jun

Further to this post and “Comments”, South China Sea: USN Freedom of Navigation Ops vs China–Plus Vietnam the USN is putting on rather a show of force in this increasingly, er, fraught …

Source: Mark Collins – US Navy Carriers in South China Sea: Watch This, Dragon!