America is nearing a nuclear deal with Iran, leaving traditional allies like Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States nervous about US commitment to their interests. Saudi Arabian columnist and former fighter pilot Turad Al-Amri offers the Saudi perspective, with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States looking to superpowers China and Russia to balance the equation. Produced by Joseph Braude.
In the face of sequester budget cuts, the American military is shrinking significantly. Normally associated with peacetime adjustments, downsizing during wartime is unheard of. For some officials, such as Acting Deputy Secretary Christine Fox, this is cause for concern.
Since World War Two, Japan has been the centerpiece of American security in the Pacific. About 50,000 US troops and 85 facilities are based here…along with the US Seventh Fleet. But in recent decades, the Japanese have worried about the strength of that US commitment to the defense of Japan.President Obama’s recent Asia tour and his so-called “pivot” to Asia was meant to assuage Japan.
As a member of NATO, Estonia knows it has the full force of the 28 nations behind it should Russia threaten its borders. Recent movements by NATO forces are reiterating that message to Moscow.