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    Are Nuclear Weapons Worth the Cost?

    Is it wasteful for the United States to spend $348 billion on its nuclear forces over the next decade, as the Congressional Budget Office predicts? John Klein isn’t convinced. He argues that a robust nuclear arsenal is essential for international stability and therefore worth the high cost. More

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    Life after Caesar: What Happens when the Leader Doesn’t Return

    When ‘Caesar’ suddenly exits, Alexander Baunov observes, the fate of his authoritarian regime typically depends on which bureaucratic faction first seizes the initiative. That could mean a period of reform and liberalization, or it could involve something much worse. More

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    Mediation Perspectives: Reframing the Ukraine Crisis

    Is the ongoing proxy war in Ukraine immune to a mediated solution? On the contrary, says Alex Azarov. Mediation can help address the underlying sources of the conflict and find lasting geopolitical solutions too. More

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    Recalibrating Middle Power Diplomacy

    Today, Andrew Cooper highlights the rise of an extended group of middle powers in the world that have the potential to act as both ‘receptors’ and ‘agents of change’. This is especially true of South Korea, a state that has built on and diverged from the ‘brand’ projected by traditional middle powers such as Canada. More

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    New Security Challenges in Georgia and the Caucasus

    What security threats have Georgia and its neighbors faced since the country’s 2008 war with Russia? Find out the answer to this and other questions in this podcast with the Chairman of the Georgian Parliament, David Usupashvili. More

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    James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)

    Our featured partner this week is the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), which is located in Monterey, California. More


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James Clapper on Global Intelligence Challenges

In this video, the Director of the US National Intelligence, James Clapper, focuses on the challenges facing his community and others. More specifically, he addresses the ongoing impact of violent extremism, the role of foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq, Yemen's political instability, and Russian adventurism in eastern Ukraine. More on «James Clapper on Global Intelligence Challenges»

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27 Mar 2015 Security Watch

Are Nuclear Weapons Worth the Cost?

Is it wasteful for the United States to spend $348 billion on its nuclear forces over the next decade, as the Congressional Budget Office predicts? John Klein isn’t convinced. He argues that a robust nuclear arsenal is essential for international stability and therefore worth the high cost. More on «Are Nuclear Weapons Worth the Cost?»


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27 Mar 2015 Security Watch

Life after Caesar: What Happens when the Leader Doesn’t Return

When ‘Caesar’ suddenly exits, Alexander Baunov observes, the fate of his authoritarian regime typically depends on which bureaucratic faction first seizes the initiative. That could mean a period of reform and liberalization, or it could involve something much worse. More on «Life after Caesar: What Happens when the Leader Doesn’t Return»


Poroshenko and Putin at the 70th annual D-Day Commemoration
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27 Mar 2015ISN Blog

Mediation Perspectives: Reframing the Ukraine Crisis

Is the ongoing proxy war in Ukraine immune to a mediated solution? On the contrary, says Alex Azarov. Mediation can help address the underlying sources of the conflict and find lasting geopolitical solutions too. More on «Mediation Perspectives: Reframing the Ukraine Crisis»


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Feb 2015 Publications

Recalibrating Middle Power Diplomacy

Today, Andrew Cooper highlights the rise of an extended group of middle powers in the world that have the potential to act as both ‘receptors’ and ‘agents of change’. This is especially true of South Korea, a state that has built on and diverged from the ‘brand’ projected by traditional middle powers such as Canada. More on «Recalibrating Middle Power Diplomacy »


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4 Mar 2015 Audio

New Security Challenges in Georgia and the Caucasus

What security threats have Georgia and its neighbors faced since the country’s 2008 war with Russia? Find out the answer to this and other questions in this podcast with the Chairman of the Georgian Parliament, David Usupashvili. More on «New Security Challenges in Georgia and the Caucasus»


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James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) is part of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, which is the largest NGO in the United States that focuses on combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). More on «James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)»