May 20, 2015                            
Dossier: Osama bin Laden


Official administration version of bin Laden's killing again challenged


B A C K G R O U N D E R

Successor to Pentagon's 'Yoda' deemed 'too partisan, too left wing'

James H. Baker, dubbed "too left wing" by a Republican foreign policy adviser, has been tapped by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to head up the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment, replacing 93-year-old Andrew Marshall, known as the Pentagon's "Yoda."

"James H. Baker will be fired on Jan. 20, 2017 if a Republican is elected president. He's too partisan and too left wing. Frankly, Hillary Clinton may fire him too," the GOP official said, Bill Gertz reported.

Andrew Marshall

Some defense experts believe Baker is too conciliatory on China, pointing to a 2013 speech at the Naval War College in which he called for greater unrestricted engagement with Beijing.



Chokehold: Iran sends signal by seizing tanker in Strait of Hormuz
Iran's recent naval actions in the Strait of Hormuz and Yemen may be an immediate provocation to the U.S., but its grand strategy of gaining a chokehold on 22 percent of the world's oil supply could have a lasting affect on global trade. The April 28 seizure by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Navy of the Marshall Islands-flagged MV Maersk Tigris container ship spotlighted the security difficulties in the Strait of Hormuz, through which 18 percent of the world's oil is shipped.
Technology Wars
Expanding terror threat fuels debate on NSA, European surveillance


A similar debate is raging in various European capitals.



The outcome of the resulting global debate is now being shaped by new anxieties generated by ongoing terrorism.   

East Asia Report
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Inside North Korea
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Inside China
Xi Jinping's groups of economic advisers render Premier Li powerless
Focus on Terrorism
ISIL advances on the ground, loses top leader to U.S.-led air strikes
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