The U.S. needs a strategic partner in the Persian Gulf. Only Saudi Arabia has been capable of being this partner since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, but the kingdom is also interesting from an economic perspective.
The Strait of Hormuz at the exit point of the Persian Gulf is becoming a key location for the world [Read more]
In 1978, when the People's Republic of China and the United States were negotiating the opening of official diplomatic relations, set for January of the following year, the issue of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan was left up in the air as a matter to be dealt with once relations had been established. Thirty-six years later, [Read more]
'The US should not be sending the wrong signals to Taiwanese independence forces.'
Just as with oil sales, arms sales play a dominant role in the political orientations of the Middle East’s major powers. These sales greatly influence their respective positions in this region of the world and help explain some of the current realignments.
From 1965 to 1989, arms purchases were made within the [Read more]