If North Korea's "Christmas gift" turns out to be a nuclear or long-range missile test, Harry Kazianis says "get ready for maximum pressure 2.0: More sanctions, more nasty tweets and threats of nuclear war."
NATO leaders recently said they are "further strengthening our ability to deter and defend with an appropriate mix of nuclear, conventional, and missile defense capabilities."
The United States has more aircraft than Russia and China combined, making up a quarter of the world's military air fleet.
Iran has vowed to defy "hegemonic powers" trying to limit its naval capabilities and has sought to court major Eastern powers amid tensions with the West.
"Secretary Pompeo seemed to say that extension of the New START could be a step backward in terms of strategic stability," expert Lynn Rusten said. "That is, of course, completely wrong."
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he wants to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) "as soon as possible, before the end of this year, without any preconditions."
North Korea is running out of patience with President Donald Trump as supreme leader Kim Jong Un's year-end deadline rapidly approaches with no set meeting date, much less a deal.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson denied her country held over 1,000,000 Uighurs in detention camps, instead criticizing the U.S. for "killing, expelling and persecuting" Native Americans.
U.S. military and intelligence personnel told Newsweek that Iran and its allies have been increasingly conducting reconnaissance and gathering intelligence near U.S. positions, raising major concerns.
The U.S. and Iran have a decades-long history of legal dispute, with both countries largely ignoring one another's domestic rulings.
The Iraqi military said several rockets landed inside Ayn al-Asad Base, where U.S. troops have been deployed to both fight ISIS and deter Iran.
Iran has sought to improve troubled relations with Arab states, while boosting military ties with Russia and China, both of which oppose a U.S.-led campaign to isolate the Islamic Republic.
A new international gas pipeline and bridge between Russia and China are hoped not only to boost bilateral trade, but also to transform the economic outlook of the East amid tensions with the West.
Iran and Israel have escalated their conflict in Syria, but they're both looking to Russia to prevent an all-out war.
In the 70 years since its founding, the U.S.-led NATO military alliance has steadily expanded into Eastern Europe, bringing with it new weapons viewed as provocative by Russia.
"No matter what tricks the U.S. vessels and aircraft may play, the Chinese military is determined and has the ability to safeguard the national sovereignty and security and maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea," said Senior Colonel Li Huamin.
"If the enemy intends to invade, attack or even infringe on our country's skyline, which is one of our red lines," Iran's army air defense commander warned, "we can deal with it."
Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the completion of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia's successor and now wants a Wikipedia-style resource. But the Kremlin promises Moscow won't block the original.
While China and Saudi Arabia seek to "enhance the mutual trust and friendly relations" between their armed forces, a U.N. arms embargo on Iran is set to expire next October.
"This is just an escalation of tensions," a senior Russian diplomat warned of U.S. plans to maintain up to 3,000 troops in Saudi Arabia.
The United States has broken off talks with both North Korea and South Korea ahead of schedule, a hard-ball tactic with mixed results among friends and foes alike.
The State Department told Newsweek that a new Turkish attack "would further undermine regional stability," while Russia said such a move "may raise tensions in Syria's north."
Russia is arms dealing with the likes of Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates in a region in which Moscow was increasingly being seen as the top diplomatic power.
As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed parachute landings, a foreign ministry adviser warned the U.S. that "we are no longer interested in such talks that bring nothing to us."
Iranian Information and Communications Technology Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi confirmed that Iran's Supreme National Security Council ordered internet service to be suspended amid unrest.
North Korea's official news agency said South Korea "will have to face horrible war disasters after getting entangled in the world's hottest issues the U.S. interfere in."
President Donald Trump has consistently argued in favor of ending Middle East wars, while holding on to foreign oil assets— feeding into longstanding criticism about the intention of U.S. intervention.
"They said he had committed suicide in jail. However, he was killed because he knew a lot of vital secrets connected with very important people in the British and American regimes," Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said.