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    ISIL Revenues: Grow or Die

    Like other extreme predatory groups, the so-called Islamic State’s revenue streams are largely unsustainable, writes Frank Gunter. That’s why mounting a coordinated attack on the sources of its finances is so important – it will blunt the threats posed by this pernicious group. More

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    Sanctions Emerge as the Indispensable Tool of American Statecraft

    Have sanctions become a more potent tool of American statecraft over the past two decades? F. Joseph Dresen believes so. What hasn’t changed, however, is the need to ensure that this tool 1) supports the pursuit of realistic goals, 2) has some degree of international support, and 3) is applied with an exit strategy firmly in mind. More

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    Federica Mogherini’s First Seven Months in Office

    Federica Mogherini has been the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for seven months now. Today, Tine Brøgger and Johanne Saltnes evaluate her performance to date, particularly her efforts to balance Brussels’ involvement in foreign affairs with its member-states’ foreign policy priorities. More

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    The Politics of Disarmament and Rearmament in Afghanistan

    Why have a series of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programs failed to make Afghanistan more secure? Deedee Derksen argues that these programs have been distorted by external and local power dynamics, short-term expediencies and other problems. More

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    Ethical Leadership: A Conversation with Chuck Hagel

    In this audio presentation, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel draws on his experiences in business and politics to talk about the current challenges facing the United States. The status of the US military and Washington’s engagement with the rest of the world are among the issues Hagel discusses. More

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    Institute for the Study of War (ISW)

    Our featured partner this week is the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), which is located in Washington, DC. More


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Project Atom

In this video, three prominent experts discuss their contributions to “Project Atom,” a CSIS report that speculates on the nuclear strategy the US should adopt for the years between 2025 and 2050. More on «Project Atom»


Blood Money
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7 Jul 2015 Security Watch

ISIL Revenues: Grow or Die

Like other extreme predatory groups, the so-called Islamic State’s revenue streams are largely unsustainable, writes Frank Gunter. That’s why mounting a coordinated attack on the sources of its finances is so important – it will blunt the threats posed by this pernicious group. More on «ISIL Revenues: Grow or Die»


Summit at Schloss Elmau, courtesy of Number 10
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7 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Sanctions Emerge as the Indispensable Tool of American Statecraft

Have sanctions become a more potent tool of American statecraft over the past two decades? F. Joseph Dresen believes so. What hasn’t changed, however, is the need to ensure that this tool 1) supports the pursuit of realistic goals, 2) has some degree of international support, and 3) is applied with an exit strategy firmly in mind. More on «Sanctions Emerge as the Indispensable Tool of American Statecraft»


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7 Jul 2015ISN Blog

Federica Mogherini’s First Seven Months in Office

Federica Mogherini has been the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for seven months now. Today, Tine Brøgger and Johanne Saltnes evaluate her performance to date, particularly her efforts to balance Brussels’ involvement in foreign affairs with its member-states’ foreign policy priorities. More on «Federica Mogherini’s First Seven Months in Office»


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May 2015 Publications

The Politics of Disarmament and Rearmament in Afghanistan

Why have a series of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programs failed to make Afghanistan more secure? Deedee Derksen argues that these programs have been distorted by external and local power dynamics, short-term expediencies and other problems. More on «The Politics of Disarmament and Rearmament in Afghanistan»


Chuck Hagel
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18 Jun 2015 Audio

Ethical Leadership: A Conversation with Chuck Hagel

In this audio presentation, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel draws on his experiences in business and politics to talk about the current challenges facing the United States. The status of the US military and Washington’s engagement with the rest of the world are among the issues Hagel discusses. More on «Ethical Leadership: A Conversation with Chuck Hagel»


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The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit and public policy-centered organization that enhances our understanding of military affairs through reliable research, in-depth analysis and innovative education efforts. In the specific case of the US, the institute is committed to improving the nation's ability to execute military operations and respond to emerging threats. More on «Institute for the Study of War (ISW)»