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Highlights Of OEWatch For April 2017

April 8, 2017

Each month the US Army’s think tank the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) publishes its open source OEWatch magazine as a free download.

The April 2017 issue of OEWatch runs 60 pages. The cover story is The Chinese Military Deploys: Gaining Ground Through Peacekeeping In The Global Arena, which is the title of the Special Essay on page 56.

The latest issue of OEWatch is divided into six sections aside form the Special Essay at the end. Russia commands the brunt of the editorial team’s attention but the sections on the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific offer abundant reading material too.

There have been minor changes to the content as well. April’s OEWatch begins with Middle East, North Africa–a fresh designation that covers the entire Arab World–and the MENA region’s active conflicts are examined. Iran does attract much scrutiny with four entries about its armed forces. On page 6 is a very interesting analysis of Turkey’s attempts to acquire the Russian S-400 theater defense system.

The Africa section opens with a scoop on events in Somaliland, where the UAE is attempting to lease out a naval base for its Yemen operations. There’s also an insightful piece about Nigeria’s railroad deal with China that’s worth billions. Latin America’s entries are divided between the usual suspects; transnational crime and the precarious truce with Colombia’s FARC.

China dominates the Asia-Pacific section with five entries devoted to its foreign affairs and technological breakthroughs. The Central Asia, Caucasus is the runt of April, with just three stories. The Russia, Ukraine section almost spans 20 pages on everything connected with Moscow’s military activities.

The Special Essay is a lengthy discussion of China’s increasing role in multinational peacekeeping efforts.

Readers should be warned, however, that for some inexplicable reason the latest issue of OEWatch has a broken download link. In previous years it sufficed to click on the hyperlinked “PDF” at the bottom of the cover, for days now readers have been greeted with a server error. Perhaps it’s best if the FMSO admin were informed of this.

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