The Pax Americana now being defunct, regional initiatives are coming alive in and around the Red Sea and Levant. I refer to the juncture of Europe, Asia, and Africa as the “Great Crossroads,” where sooner or later everyone will make a transit or have an interest. No one’s national security is untouched by what’s going on there. America’s trade and alliances depend heavily on whether the maritime precincts of the Great Crossroads are a quiescent “free space,” through which everyone can pass without let or hindrance by a regional power – or if they become a space over which a regional power holds a veto. Every new development there has implications for US security.
And the new developments just keep on coming. Between 7 and 14 October, Continue reading “Peace in our time: Militaries, state visits flood the Great Crossroads”