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    The Strange Death of the Counter-insurgency Era

    What lessons can we learn from the counter-insurgency era that spanned the recent interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq? As M L R Smith and D M Jones see it, COIN was more of a narrative than an empirical concept, it concealed ideologically-tainted modernization projects that worked at cross purposes with actual needs, and more. More

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    Vulnerable Frontier: Militarized Competition in Outer Space

    The CSS’ Michael Haas thinks that the specter of space conflict will become increasingly prominent in global politics. That’s partly due to the growing number of states that now have the technological wherewithal to field kinetic anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons. More

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    China’s Domino Tactics Boost Infrastructure Bank

    Why should the decision by the EU to join China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) worry the United States? The answer, according to John Sinclair, is that it represents another step in Beijing’s bid to become a bona-fide superpower that’s capable of challenging the Western-led global order. More

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    A Bridge over the Mediterranean: The French-Egyptian Arms Deal

    Yiftah Shapir and Yoel Guzansky think that the recent arms deal signed by France and Egypt is significant for at least two reasons – it strengthens Paris’ foothold in the Middle East’s defense market and it lessens Cairo’s reliance on US defense exports. More

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    Identity Construction and National Security

    It’s widely thought that democracies tend not to use military force against each other. In this audio presentation, Jarrod Hayes revisits this hypothesis and considers how ‘democratic identity’ affects the ability of political leaders to define other states as threats or not. More

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    European Policy Centre (EPC)

    Our featured partner this week is the European Policy Centre (EPC), which is located in Brussels, Belgium. More


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Confucius: And the World He Created

In this video, author and journalist Michael Schuman discusses his book, "Confucius: And the World He Created," which reviews the sage's life and the impact his ideas and teachings continue to have on the economic and socio-political practices of China and other East Asian states. More on «Confucius: And the World He Created»

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2 Apr 2015 Articles

The Strange Death of the Counter-insurgency Era

What lessons can we learn from the counter-insurgency era that spanned the recent interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq? As M L R Smith and D M Jones see it, COIN was more of a narrative than an empirical concept, it concealed ideologically-tainted modernization projects that worked at cross purposes with actual needs, and more. More on «The Strange Death of the Counter-insurgency Era»


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2 Apr 2015 Security Watch

Vulnerable Frontier: Militarized Competition in Outer Space

The CSS’ Michael Haas thinks that the specter of space conflict will become increasingly prominent in global politics. That’s partly due to the growing number of states that now have the technological wherewithal to field kinetic anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons. More on «Vulnerable Frontier: Militarized Competition in Outer Space»


South African President Jacob Zuma and the President of the People
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2 Apr 2015ISN Blog

China’s Domino Tactics Boost Infrastructure Bank

Why should the decision by the EU to join China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) worry the United States? The answer, according to John Sinclair, is that it represents another step in Beijing’s bid to become a bona-fide superpower that’s capable of challenging the Western-led global order. More on «China’s Domino Tactics Boost Infrastructure Bank»


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12 Mar 2015 Publications

A Bridge over the Mediterranean: The French-Egyptian Arms Deal

Yiftah Shapir and Yoel Guzansky think that the recent arms deal signed by France and Egypt is significant for at least two reasons – it strengthens Paris’ foothold in the Middle East’s defense market and it lessens Cairo’s reliance on US defense exports. More on «A Bridge over the Mediterranean: The French-Egyptian Arms Deal»


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3 Mar 2015 Audio

Identity Construction and National Security

It’s widely thought that democracies tend not to use military force against each other. In this audio presentation, Jarrod Hayes revisits this hypothesis and considers how ‘democratic identity’ affects the ability of political leaders to define other states as threats or not. More on «Identity Construction and National Security»


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The European Policy Centre (EPC) is an independent, nonprofit think tank that stages balanced discussions on European integration and global policy developments, particularly within its extended partner network. More on «European Policy Centre (EPC)»