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    To Build a Network

    Al-Qaeda’s evolution into a flatter and more autonomous organization reinforces a point John Arquilla made over a decade ago – it takes a network to fight a network. Since then, America’s efforts to build effective security networks have been rather clumsy, with the exception of the US military. More

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    Brazil’s Police Struggle to Pacify Gang-Run Slums

    Have pacification programs helped Brazil’s police forces turn a corner in their battle against gang-run favelas? Ioan Grillo believes they’ve made a difference. But given the gangs’ deep roots in their communities, pacification must be twined with another program – winning local hearts and minds. More

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    Killing of al-Shabaab Leader Throws Future of Militant Group into Question

    What impact will the recent killing of al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane have on the Somalia-based extremist group? Gabrielle Reid believes the new leadership will launch a fresh round of terrorist attacks across the region, but gauging their long-term plans remains a problem. More

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    Charting the Course: Directions for the New NATO Secretary General

    What tests await incoming NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg? Beyond confronting a resurgent Russia, attempting to manage a violent Middle East and ensuring Arctic security, Jacob Stokes and others believe that the Alliance needs to construct a transatlantic agenda that will finally match resources with rhetoric. More

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    NATO Defense College (NDC)

    Our featured partner this week is the NATO Defense College (NDC), which is located in Rome, Italy. More


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Gaza and Beyond: The Arab-Israeli Arena in the Wake of the Hamas War

In this video, Lafer International Fellow Ehud Yaari discusses the military and political strategy Hamas will most probably adopt in the wake of the July-August 2014 Gaza conflict. The video also features Robert Satloff, the Washington Institute's Executive Director, who provides a broad overview of the major developments in the Arab world. More on «Gaza and Beyond: The Arab-Israeli Arena in the Wake of the Hamas War»

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30 Sep 2014 Security Watch

To Build a Network

Al-Qaeda’s evolution into a flatter and more autonomous organization reinforces a point John Arquilla made over a decade ago – it takes a network to fight a network. Since then, America’s efforts to build effective security networks have been rather clumsy, with the exception of the US military. More on «To Build a Network»


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30 Sep 2014 Security Watch

Brazil’s Police Struggle to Pacify Gang-Run Slums

Have pacification programs helped Brazil’s police forces turn a corner in their battle against gang-run favelas? Ioan Grillo believes they’ve made a difference. But given the gangs’ deep roots in their communities, pacification must be twined with another program – winning local hearts and minds. More on «Brazil’s Police Struggle to Pacify Gang-Run Slums»


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30 Sep 2014ISN Blog

Killing of al-Shabaab Leader Throws Future of Militant Group into Question

What impact will the recent killing of al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane have on the Somalia-based extremist group? Gabrielle Reid believes the new leadership will launch a fresh round of terrorist attacks across the region, but gauging their long-term plans remains a problem. More on «Killing of al-Shabaab Leader Throws Future of Militant Group into Question »


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Sep 2014 Publications

Charting the Course: Directions for the New NATO Secretary General

What tests await incoming NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg? Beyond confronting a resurgent Russia, attempting to manage a violent Middle East and ensuring Arctic security, Jacob Stokes and others believe that the Alliance needs to construct a transatlantic agenda that will finally match resources with rhetoric. More on «Charting the Course: Directions for the New NATO Secretary General»


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NATO Defense College (NDC)

The three-part charter of the NATO Defense College (NDC) is to 1) enhance the effectiveness and cohesion of the NATO Alliance, 2) foster strategic-level thinking on political and military matters, and 3) function as a major center of security-centere... More on «NATO Defense College (NDC)»