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    It's Time to Simplify Defense Acquisitions

    Like many others, Dan Ward thinks that an overhaul of the United States’ defense acquisition process is long overdue. Without needed reforms, he worries the country’s legislators, defense officials and military leaders will continue to add new layers of complexity to an already overburdened system. More

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    Stress Tests for Kazakhstan

    How can Kazakhstan maintain friendly ties with Russia and yet continue to build its own national identity? The International Crisis Group thinks that Astana should take a more ‘recognizable’ role in trying to resolve the Ukraine crisis, pursue a balanced foreign policy and perform several other steps. More

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    Exploiting Minerals, Exploiting Communities

    The siphoning off of Africa’s natural resources has a long history. Today, Sebastian Gatimu outlines the extent of the present-day phenomenon and the steps African states should take in order to ensure that resource extraction benefits their own economic development. More

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    Energy as a Tool of Hybrid Warfare

    If NATO is serious about countering hybrid threats, should it add energy to the equation? Michael Rühle and Julijus Grubliauskas believe so. As they see it, Ukraine’s troubles have confirmed that energy is a far more important factor in hybrid warfare than is commonly thought. 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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28 May 2015 Security Watch

It's Time to Simplify Defense Acquisitions

Like many others, Dan Ward thinks that an overhaul of the United States’ defense acquisition process is long overdue. Without needed reforms, he worries the country’s legislators, defense officials and military leaders will continue to add new layers of complexity to an already overburdened system. More on «It's Time to Simplify Defense Acquisitions»


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28 May 2015 Security Watch

Stress Tests for Kazakhstan

How can Kazakhstan maintain friendly ties with Russia and yet continue to build its own national identity? The International Crisis Group thinks that Astana should take a more ‘recognizable’ role in trying to resolve the Ukraine crisis, pursue a balanced foreign policy and perform several other steps. More on «Stress Tests for Kazakhstan»


Wolframite in Congo
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28 May 2015ISN Blog

Exploiting Minerals, Exploiting Communities

The siphoning off of Africa’s natural resources has a long history. Today, Sebastian Gatimu outlines the extent of the present-day phenomenon and the steps African states should take in order to ensure that resource extraction benefits their own economic development. More on «Exploiting Minerals, Exploiting Communities»


Map of the major russian gas pipelines to Europe
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Apr 2015 Publications

Energy as a Tool of Hybrid Warfare

If NATO is serious about countering hybrid threats, should it add energy to the equation? Michael Rühle and Julijus Grubliauskas believe so. As they see it, Ukraine’s troubles have confirmed that energy is a far more important factor in hybrid warfare than is commonly thought. More on «Energy as a Tool of Hybrid Warfare»


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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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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)»