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    Transhumanism and War

    Should military establishments increasingly rely on biotechnology to enhance their soldier’s ability to fight? Nayef Al-Rodhan has his doubts. Future ‘human enhancements’ will have far-reaching geopolitical consequences, raise considerable ethical problems, and disrupt military organizations in troubling ways. More

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    US-Russian Cooperation on Syria: The Fear Factor

    Unlike some commentators, James Larocco wasn’t surprised that Syria was the main focus of Vladimir Putin’s recent discussions with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Despite their differences over Ukraine, Moscow and Washington are united in their fear of an extremist takeover in Damascus. More

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    Refugee Crisis Tests Limits of Southeast Asian Cooperation

    What’s standing in the way of a coordinated ASEAN response to Southeast Asia’s growing refugee crisis? James Bowen thinks there are two problems – 1) the organization’s limited commitment to human rights, both officially and historically, and 2) its traditional policy of non-interference in member states’ domestic affairs. More

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    Strengthening Rule of Law Responses to Counter Violent Extremism

    How can civil society help boost the rule of law to combat terrorism and violent extremism in South Asia? Today, our partners at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) provide twelve recommendations for those who want to make popular organizations more effective in this part of the world. More

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    Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians 1789-2009

    Today’s audio presentation focuses on Fatma Muge Gocek’s new book. As its title suggests, it examines 1) how genocides are disavowed by certain societies, and 2) how Turkey's mistreatment of Armenians and other minorities has been reinterpreted, obscured and denied over time. More

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    Oxford Research Group (ORG)

    Our featured partner this week is the Oxford Research Group (ORG), which is located in London, England. More


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Economic Weapons for Political and Social Change: Targeting Conflicts

In this video, four experts analyze the use of sanctions and divestment strategies in order to reduce conflict. They particularly focus on how these tools are being used in Africa, against Russia (in the wake of its annexation of Crimea), and by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel. More on «Economic Weapons for Political and Social Change: Targeting Conflicts»

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27 May 2015 Security Watch

Transhumanism and War

Should military establishments increasingly rely on biotechnology to enhance their soldier’s ability to fight? Nayef Al-Rodhan has his doubts. Future ‘human enhancements’ will have far-reaching geopolitical consequences, raise considerable ethical problems, and disrupt military organizations in troubling ways. More on «Transhumanism and War»


Secretary Kerry Meets With Russian President Putin, courtesy of U.S. Department of State
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27 May 2015 Security Watch

US-Russian Cooperation on Syria: The Fear Factor

Unlike some commentators, James Larocco wasn’t surprised that Syria was the main focus of Vladimir Putin’s recent discussions with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Despite their differences over Ukraine, Moscow and Washington are united in their fear of an extremist takeover in Damascus. More on «US-Russian Cooperation on Syria: The Fear Factor»


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27 May 2015ISN Blog

Refugee Crisis Tests Limits of Southeast Asian Cooperation

What’s standing in the way of a coordinated ASEAN response to Southeast Asia’s growing refugee crisis? James Bowen thinks there are two problems – 1) the organization’s limited commitment to human rights, both officially and historically, and 2) its traditional policy of non-interference in member states’ domestic affairs. More on «Refugee Crisis Tests Limits of Southeast Asian Cooperation»


Afghan police women qualify on tactical weapons course
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May 2015 Publications

Strengthening Rule of Law Responses to Counter Violent Extremism

How can civil society help boost the rule of law to combat terrorism and violent extremism in South Asia? Today, our partners at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) provide twelve recommendations for those who want to make popular organizations more effective in this part of the world. More on «Strengthening Rule of Law Responses to Counter Violent Extremism»


Armenians marched by Turkish soldiers, courtesy of Project SAVE
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11 May 2015 Audio

Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians 1789-2009

Today’s audio presentation focuses on Fatma Muge Gocek’s new book. As its title suggests, it examines 1) how genocides are disavowed by certain societies, and 2) how Turkey's mistreatment of Armenians and other minorities has been reinterpreted, obscured and denied over time. More on «Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians 1789-2009»


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Oxford Research Group (ORG)

The Oxford Research Group (ORG) is an independent think tank that focuses on sustainable approaches to security and the curtailing of global violence. More on «Oxford Research Group (ORG)»