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    A Primer on the American Way of War in the 20th & 21st Centuries

    What explains the US military’s predilection for limited strike operations beginning in the 1950s? Diane Maye points to an institutional bias which has also negatively impacted the armed forces’ ability to conduct counterinsurgency and stability operations. More

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    What Now for Burundi? Five Key Risks

    Burundi is teetering on the brink of renewed internal conflict. Today, Stephen Graham and Anthony Morland consider what a return to the dark days of the 1993-2005 civil war could mean for this fragile central African state and its equally volatile neighbors. More

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    The Challenge of Arctic Cooperation

    What will determine the scope and shape of future Arctic cooperation? Victor Larin thinks that it will largely depend on 1) the issues that the Arctic states choose to emphasize, and 2) the specific approaches they pick to address them. More

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    Planning Ahead: A Blueprint to Negotiate and Implement a Weapon-of-Mass-Destruction-Free Zone in the Middle East

    While the idea of a WMD-free Middle East is decades old, little thought has actually been given to achieving it. Today, Chen Kane clarifies the legal, technical, and institutional hurdles that must be cleared in order to make such a zone a reality. More

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    Can Fracking Survive? The Impact of Low Oil Prices and Prospects for International Expansion

    How are lower prices impacting the fracking boom in the United States? Also, are they slowing the spread of fracking methods and practices across the globe? The answers to these and other questions can be found in today’s audio presentation with Terry Engelder. 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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The New UK Government and Implications for Defence and Security

In this video, RUSI's Michael Clarke and Malcolm Chalmers assess what the UK's recent election results might mean for the country's foreign, security and defense policies. They also discuss the growing importance of identity politics within the UK and how it might influence the country's role in the world. More on «The New UK Government and Implications for Defence and Security»

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25 May 2015 Security Watch

We Know How to Strike, But Can We Achieve Victory? A Primer on the American Way of War in the 20th & 21st Centuries

What explains the US military’s predilection for limited strike operations beginning in the 1950s? Diane Maye points to an institutional bias which has also negatively impacted the armed forces’ ability to conduct counterinsurgency and stability operations. More on «We Know How to Strike, But Can We Achieve Victory? A Primer on the American Way of War in the 20th & 21st Centuries»


Demobilization of Burundian Military, courtesy of United Nations Photo
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25 May 2015 Security Watch

What Now for Burundi? Five Key Risks

Burundi is teetering on the brink of renewed internal conflict. Today, Stephen Graham and Anthony Morland consider what a return to the dark days of the 1993-2005 civil war could mean for this fragile central African state and its equally volatile neighbors. More on «What Now for Burundi? Five Key Risks»


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25 May 2015ISN Blog

The Challenge of Arctic Cooperation

What will determine the scope and shape of future Arctic cooperation? Victor Larin thinks that it will largely depend on 1) the issues that the Arctic states choose to emphasize, and 2) the specific approaches they pick to address them. More on «The Challenge of Arctic Cooperation»


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Apr 2015 Publications

Planning Ahead: A Blueprint to Negotiate and Implement a Weapon-of-Mass-Destruction-Free Zone in the Middle East

While the idea of a WMD-free Middle East is decades old, little thought has actually been given to achieving it. Today, Chen Kane clarifies the legal, technical, and institutional hurdles that must be cleared in order to make such a zone a reality. More on «Planning Ahead: A Blueprint to Negotiate and Implement a Weapon-of-Mass-Destruction-Free Zone in the Middle East»


Fracking the Bakken Formation in North Dakota, courtesy of Joshua Doubek
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11 May 2015 Audio

Can Fracking Survive? The Impact of Low Oil Prices and Prospects for International Expansion

How are lower prices impacting the fracking boom in the United States? Also, are they slowing the spread of fracking methods and practices across the globe? The answers to these and other questions can be found in today’s audio presentation with Terry Engelder. More on «Can Fracking Survive? The Impact of Low Oil Prices and Prospects for International Expansion»


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Oxford Research Group (ORG)

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)»