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    De-radicalization Programs and Counter-terrorism: A Promising Agenda?

    Europe’s de-radicalization programs are being increasingly securitized at the highest policy levels. Although Daniel Kohler thinks that this trend is “understandable and overdue,” he also worries that it may undermine some of the programs’ counterterrorism functions. More

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    EU Sanctions in Context: Three Types

    EU sanctions are typically imposed in conjunction with other outside measures. According to Thomas Biersteker and Clara Portela, that makes them vulnerable to the charge they’re illegitimate, particularly by the likes of the Human Rights Council. More

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    The Seven Deadly Sins of the Human Terrain System: An Insider’s Perspective

    What explains the apparent failure of the United States’ Human Terrain System (HTS) program in Afghanistan and Iraq? Ryan Evans digs into his own experiences with HTS to identify its flawed recruitment processes, a broken leadership and organizational culture, and other obvious problems. More

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    What it Takes to Win: Succeeding in 21st Century Battle Network Competitions

    Battle Network Competitions (BNCs) are by no means a new phenomenon. In today’s publication, John Stillion and Bryan Clark provide a detailed quantitative analysis of two long-running BNCs in the air and sea, and outline how their findings can be applied to future battle networks. More

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    The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse

    In today’s audio presentation, Aubrey Hruby and Jake Bright synopsize their new book. As the above title suggests, the text predicts a more globally-connected Africa that will wield significant economic, cultural, and political power in the future. More

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    Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

    Our featured partner this week is the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), which is located in Oslo, Norway. More


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Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11

In this video, former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert Jordan discusses his memoir, “Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11.” Among other things, he describes how the Kingdom's leaders reacted to the 9/11 attacks and how the country has changed in their wake. More on «Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11»


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31 Jul 2015 Security Watch

De-radicalization Programs and Counter-terrorism: A Promising Agenda?

Europe’s de-radicalization programs are being increasingly securitized at the highest policy levels. Although Daniel Kohler thinks that this trend is “understandable and overdue,” he also worries that it may undermine some of the programs’ counterterrorism functions. More on «De-radicalization Programs and Counter-terrorism: A Promising Agenda?»


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31 Jul 2015 Security Watch

EU Sanctions in Context: Three Types

EU sanctions are typically imposed in conjunction with other outside measures. According to Thomas Biersteker and Clara Portela, that makes them vulnerable to the charge they’re illegitimate, particularly by the likes of the Human Rights Council. More on «EU Sanctions in Context: Three Types»


Displaced Afghan Families Earn Diploma, Skills for Income
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31 Jul 2015ISN Blog

The Seven Deadly Sins of the Human Terrain System: An Insider’s Perspective

What explains the apparent failure of the United States’ Human Terrain System (HTS) program in Afghanistan and Iraq? Ryan Evans digs into his own experiences with HTS to identify its flawed recruitment processes, a broken leadership and organizational culture, and other obvious problems. More on «The Seven Deadly Sins of the Human Terrain System: An Insider’s Perspective»


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2015 Publications

What it Takes to Win: Succeeding in 21st Century Battle Network Competitions

Battle Network Competitions (BNCs) are by no means a new phenomenon. In today’s publication, John Stillion and Bryan Clark provide a detailed quantitative analysis of two long-running BNCs in the air and sea, and outline how their findings can be applied to future battle networks. More on «What it Takes to Win: Succeeding in 21st Century Battle Network Competitions»


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14 Jul 2015 Audio

The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse

In today’s audio presentation, Aubrey Hruby and Jake Bright synopsize their new book. As the above title suggests, the text predicts a more globally-connected Africa that will wield significant economic, cultural, and political power in the future. More on «The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse»


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Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) is an independent research center and information hub that focuses on international political and economic issues, especially those that intersect with Norway's foreign policy. More on «Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)»