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    The Hazards of Going to War for Profit

    Has the growing reliance on private military and security companies (PMSCs) been a good thing? Not according to James Pattison. Among other sins, PMSCs are ineffectively regulated, dubiously selected, potentially unreliable, and an ideal way for policymakers to circumvent constitutional or parliamentary constraints. More

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    Nationalism under Pressure: Islamic State, Iraq and Kurdistan

    Has the Iraqi Kurds’ sense of national identity been strengthened by the emergence of the so-called Islamic State? Not necessarily, says Erlend Paasche. If anything, mounting socio-economic and political tensions inside northern Iraq have been tearing at Kurdish nationalism for the last decade. More

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    The Bildt-Sikorski Effect

    Carl Bildt and Radoslaw Sikorski are no longer the Foreign Ministers of Sweden and Poland. Daniel Fiott thinks that’s bad news for the EU. At a time when Europe is facing a crisis on its eastern flank, Brussels can ill afford to lose two of its most experienced statesmen. More

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    China’s Evolving Stance on Afghanistan

    Is China’s growing involvement in Afghanistan’s politics and security a positive development? Not only does Justina Szczudlik-Tatar think so, she also reminds us that the West has been cajoling Beijing to become more involved in the country’s future for quite some time now. More

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    Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC)

    This week's featured partner is the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), which is is a decentralized think tank with several chapters. It is, however, incorporated as a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization in the US State of Maryland. More


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Dancing with a Wounded Bear: Russia and the West

In this video, Barnard College's Kimberly Marten explores the reasons behind Vladimir Putin's current foreign policy and how the latter might impact the US, Europe, Canada and Ukraine. More on «Dancing with a Wounded Bear: Russia and the West »

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24 Oct 2014 Security Watch

The Hazards of Going to War for Profit

Has the growing reliance on private military and security companies (PMSCs) been a good thing? Not according to James Pattison. Among other sins, PMSCs are ineffectively regulated, dubiously selected, potentially unreliable, and an ideal way for policymakers to circumvent constitutional or parliamentary constraints. More on «The Hazards of Going to War for Profit »


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24 Oct 2014 Security Watch

Nationalism under Pressure: Islamic State, Iraq and Kurdistan

Has the Iraqi Kurds’ sense of national identity been strengthened by the emergence of the so-called Islamic State? Not necessarily, says Erlend Paasche. If anything, mounting socio-economic and political tensions inside northern Iraq have been tearing at Kurdish nationalism for the last decade. More on «Nationalism under Pressure: Islamic State, Iraq and Kurdistan »


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24 Oct 2014ISN Blog

The Bildt-Sikorski Effect

Carl Bildt and Radoslaw Sikorski are no longer the Foreign Ministers of Sweden and Poland. Daniel Fiott thinks that’s bad news for the EU. At a time when Europe is facing a crisis on its eastern flank, Brussels can ill afford to lose two of its most experienced statesmen. More on «The Bildt-Sikorski Effect »


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Oct 2014 Publications

China’s Evolving Stance on Afghanistan

Is China’s growing involvement in Afghanistan’s politics and security a positive development? Not only does Justina Szczudlik-Tatar think so, she also reminds us that the West has been cajoling Beijing to become more involved in the country’s future for quite some time now. More on «China’s Evolving Stance on Afghanistan»


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Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC)

The Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) is a nonpartisan think tank that dedicates itself to building a global community of professionals, academics, and forward thinkers who focus on the maritime domain. More on «Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC)»