An Overview of Civilian Control of the Military

Introduction Civilian control of the military is a doctrine in military and political science that places ultimate responsibility for a country’s strategic decision-making in the hands of the civilian political leadership, rather than professional military officers. Civilian control is often seen as a prerequisite feature of a stable liberal democracy. Use of the term in… Read More


What is the Anti-Secession Law (2005)?

Introduction The Anti-Secession Law (Chinese: 《反分裂国家法》) is a law of the People’s Republic of China, passed by the 3rd Session of the 10th National People’s Congress. It was ratified on 14 March 2005, and went into effect immediately. President Hu Jintao promulgated the law with Presidential Decree No. 34. Although the law, at ten articles,… Read More

What is the RAND Corporation?

Introduction RAND Corporation (“research and development”) is an American non-profit global policy think tank created in 1948 by Douglas Aircraft Company to offer research and analysis to the United States Armed Forces. It is financed by the US government and private endowment, corporations, universities and private individuals. The company has grown to assist other governments,… Read More

It Works the Same Way in Any Country…

Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a… Read More

Crisis & Waste…

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Rahm Emanuel (1959 to Present), speaking as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Israel Emanuel is an American politician who served as: a member of the United States House of Representatives from Chicago between 2003 and 2009; the 23rd White House Chief of Staff from… Read More

Oh no you won’t!

“Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!” Nikita Khrushchev (1894 to 1971) Nikita Khrushchev, in full Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, was the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1953-64) and premier of the Soviet Union (1958-64) whose policy of de-Stalinisation had widespread repercussions throughout… Read More