After the resignation of Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s national security advisor, there seems to have been a tone change in the president’s team. There appears to be a greater readiness to admit that fixing the US–Russia relationship will be much more difficult than initially envisaged.
The Philippines' brash president, Rodrigo Duterte, is making overtures to China at the expense of a long-lasting alliance with the US. It remains to be seen whether Beijing will reciprocate given its own conflicts with Manila over fishing rights and freedom of navigation.
The US Department of Defense has given the go-ahead to the next stage in its Columbia-class submarine programme, signalling continuity in what is one of the US military’s most expensive procurement projects.
US President-elect Donald Trump’s preference for retired and serving generals for leading positions in his administration is controversial and has stimulated a renewed debate about the nature of the civil–military relationship.
With the possible creation of a European version of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP), SWIFT’s past experience with the TFTP provides valuable lessons for successful public–private security cooperation.