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Former USSR: Proposed New Military Component of a Political Union

(June 11, 2009) It was reported that on June14, 2009, the heads of state of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, former Soviet republics that had formed a military-political alliance in 2002 named the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), intend to sign an agreement on the creation of the Collective Rapid-Response Force, an […]

Taiwan: First Quadrennial Defense Review Submitted to Legislature

(Mar. 27, 2009) On March 13, 2009, the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China (on Taiwan, the ROC) submitted the Quadrennial Defense Review to the Legislative Yuan in written form; it was reportedly the first such document of its kind for Taiwan. The United States is the only other country to have […]

European Union: European Court of Justice Declares Illegal a Secret List of Items Prohibited Aboard Aircraft

(Mar. 23, 2009) The European Commission has a list of standard items that airline passengers may not carry in their hand-held luggage inside an aircraft. The list, based on a regulation adopted in 2002 on aviation safety, includes items such as knives, scissors, blackjacks, baseball clubs, and other items. On March 11, 2009, the European […]

Macau: National Security Bill Passed

(Mar. 10, 2009) On February 25, 2009, the legislature of the Macao Special Administrative Region of China passed the National Security Bill; it was promulgated March 2 and effective the next day. It covers acts of sedition, secession, subversion, and treason against the central government of the People's Republic of China (PRC). The Region has […]

United Kingdom: Chagos Islanders Prohibited from Returning Home amid Diego Garcia Security Concerns

(Oct. 24, 2008) The House of Lords, the highest court in the United Kingdom, has overturned a ruling that permitted islanders removed from the Chagos Islands (now known as the British Indian Ocean Territory) in the 1960s to return home. The Islanders were removed as part of an agreement between the UK and the United […]

Azerbaijan: Peacekeeping Contingent in Afghanistan Will Be Doubled

(Sept. 29, 2008) On September 18, 2008, the Security and Defense Committee of the Parliament of Azerbaijan unanimously approved amendments to the Law on Participation in Peacekeeping Operations in Afghanistan, which were introduced in the legislature by the Azerbaijani President Ilhom Aliyev. The goal of the proposed bill is to double the Azerbaijani contingent in […]

Taiwan: National Defense Law Amended to Specify Overall Review

(Sept. 8, 2008) On August 6, 2008, article 31 of Taiwan's Natonal Defense Law was amended to specify that the Ministry of National Defense will publicly submit to the Legislative Yuan a “Four-Year-Period Overall Review of National Defense” within ten months after every presidential inauguration. The amendment constitutes a new paragraph 4 in article 31. […]

Romania: Law on NATO Human Intelligence Center

(July 2, 2008) On June 25, 2008, Romania's two parliamentary chambers approved a draft law establishing a NATO intelligence center. The bill, which was passed unanimously, paves the way for a center for human intelligence, which is the gathering of information through personal contacts. The move was encouraged by the President of Romania, Traian Basescu; […]

Ecuador: Coalition to Propose a Ban on the Presence of Foreign Forces in Ecuador

(Feb. 2, 2008) The "No Bases" Coalition of Ecuador ("La Coalición No Bases Ecuador") will propose before the Constituent Assembly that the draft Carta Magna (constitution) forbid the establishment of foreign military bases on Ecuadorian territory. The conference was held by the "No Bases: International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases". The coalition […]

Nepal: Term of U.N. Mission Extended

(Dec. 2, 2007) The Cabinet of the interim government of Nepal agreed on November 20, 2007, to extend the term of the U.N. mission in Nepal by six months. The government must formally notify U.N. headquarters at least one month before the expiry of the term, which began on January 23, 2007, in order to […]