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    Gulf of Secrets: The Evolution of Gulf State Intelligence Services

    Why have the Gulf States both professionalized their intelligence services and expanded their capabilities? As Austin Long sees it, three strategic shifts forced the states to act – the rising securitization of terrorism, the fear of US disengagement from the region, and the growing influence of Iran. More

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    Waging Electoral Warfare

    In a world of multiple forms of conflict, is there such a thing as electoral warfare? Marco Montanari believes so. Today, he outlines the concept behind this type of ‘combat’, to include its historical development and organizing principles. More

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    The Politics of Oil in Today’s Middle East

    The ISN’s most recent Evening Talk featured the US National Defense University’s Gawdat Bahgat. Here are his observations on the economic and geopolitical dimensions of declining oil prices, the status of the ‘oil for security’ bargain between Western and Middle Eastern states, and much more. More

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    A Russian View on Landpower

    Despite having watched the United States shift from one counterinsurgency operation to another over the last two decades, Russia will continue to privilege strong conventional land forces over others. According to Aleksandr Rogovoy and Keir Giles, here are the reasons why. More

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    Patents for Power: Intellectual Property and Military Innovation

    How does domestic and international intellectual property law affect the creation and diffusion of military technology? Find out in this audio presentation with the University of Kentucky's Robert Farley. More

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    Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP)

    Our featured partner this week is the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP), which is located in Washington, DC. More


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Is the American Century Over?

In this video, Joseph Nye discusses his new book, “Is the American Century Over?” After dismissing the predictions of the US’ global demise, Nye goes on to explain what Washington needs to do if it hopes to retain its pivotal role in an increasingly multilateral world. More on «Is the American Century Over?»

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24 Apr 2015 Security Watch

Gulf of Secrets: The Evolution of Gulf State Intelligence Services

Why have the Gulf States both professionalized their intelligence services and expanded their capabilities? As Austin Long sees it, three strategic shifts forced the states to act – the rising securitization of terrorism, the fear of US disengagement from the region, and the growing influence of Iran. More on «Gulf of Secrets: The Evolution of Gulf State Intelligence Services»


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Apr 2015 Security Watch

Waging Electoral Warfare

In a world of multiple forms of conflict, is there such a thing as electoral warfare? Marco Montanari believes so. Today, he outlines the concept behind this type of ‘combat’, to include its historical development and organizing principles. More on «Waging Electoral Warfare»


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24 Apr 2015ISN Blog

The Politics of Oil in Today’s Middle East

The ISN’s most recent Evening Talk featured the US National Defense University’s Gawdat Bahgat. Here are his observations on the economic and geopolitical dimensions of declining oil prices, the status of the ‘oil for security’ bargain between Western and Middle Eastern states, and much more. More on «The Politics of Oil in Today’s Middle East»


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Apr 2015 Publications

A Russian View on Landpower

Despite having watched the United States shift from one counterinsurgency operation to another over the last two decades, Russia will continue to privilege strong conventional land forces over others. According to Aleksandr Rogovoy and Keir Giles, here are the reasons why. More on «A Russian View on Landpower»


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26 Mar 2015 Audio

Patents for Power: Intellectual Property and Military Innovation

How does domestic and international intellectual property law affect the creation and diffusion of military technology? Find out in this audio presentation with the University of Kentucky's Robert Farley. More on «Patents for Power: Intellectual Property and Military Innovation»


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Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP)

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) investigates the links between the environment, health and demography, and then analyzes how they interact with a variety of development, human insecurity, and foreign policy concerns. More on «Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP)»