Not an F-35, But Still Deadly: Don’t Laugh at Iran’s Jet Fighters

Much like China’s ability to produce aircraft carriers or India’s ability to detonate nuclear weapons, the United States has seen time and again what happens when an opponent is underestimated.

by Task and Purpose (The National Interest)

Iran has touted its allegedly homegrown ‘Kowsar’ jet fighter, finally unveiled to the public on Tuesday, as a new contender in the arena of air-to-air combat.… Read Full Article

China’s desire for close Iran ties unchanged, Xi says ahead of Saudi prince’s visit

FILE PHOTO – Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the “Message to Compatriots in Taiwan” at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Mark Schiefelbein/Pool

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s desire to develop close ties with Iran will remain unchanged, regardless of the international situation, President Xi Jinping told the speaker of Iran’s parliament, ahead of Thursday’s visit to Beijing by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince.… Read Full Article

Why authoritarian rulers are worried

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140604230420-tiananmen-june-4-gall-8-horizontal-large-galleryChinese Paramilitary police officers stand guard near Tiananmen Square on June 4, 2014 in Beijing, China.

Editor’s Note: Tyler Roylance is a senior editor at Freedom House, a non-government research and advocacy organization dedicated to “the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world.” The views expressed are his own

Story highlights:

  • Tyler Roylance: Authoritarian regimes rely on economic development, aggressive nationalism
  • Democracies have demonstrated ability to endure, adapt, recover, writer says

(CNN)Falling oil prices, pitiless civil wars, and the rapidly growing number of refugees have put much of the world in crisis mode, but authoritarian states are being hit especially hard.

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