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    Defense Spending 2014: the EU Picture

    Despite pledges to the contrary, many EU states continue to slash their defense budgets. That’s bad news, says Katharina Wolf, especially for those who worry that Europe is becoming increasingly weaker and susceptible to ‘miscalculation and aggression’. More

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    Learning the Lessons of Ebola

    What lessons should the international community learn from its handling of West Africa’s recent Ebola crisis? Levi Maxey and Brian Finlay think that there is a growing need to 1) “think horizontally” across the health-security divide, and 2) anticipate more participants in complex global health emergencies. More

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    Mediation Perspectives: Professionalizing Mediation through Negotiation Simulations

    Using simulations to train mediators is sometimes criticized for being superficial, stereotyping conflict actors, and adversely shaping real-world negotiations. For Simon Mason, however, these criticisms miss the mark. Simulation training is indeed useful provided it’s designed and run professionally. More

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    Thucydides Was Right: Defining the Future Threat

    Can Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War help the US better understand its current and future security environment? Colin Gray believes so. That’s partly due to the strategic and political similarities between Thucydides’ world and the contemporary international system. More

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    New Oil and American Security

    Does oil play a less important role in geopolitics and US national security than is commonly believed? Find out this audio presentation with the University of Texas’ Eugene Gholz. More

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    Chatham House

    Our featured partner this week is Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), which is located in London, England. More


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The Economics of Conflict: Ukraine in Focus

In this video, three senior practitioners discuss Ukraine’s economic troubles and what the international community can do to help Kiev enact needed structural reforms. More on «The Economics of Conflict: Ukraine in Focus»

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22 May 2015 Security Watch

Defense Spending 2014: the EU Picture

Despite pledges to the contrary, many EU states continue to slash their defense budgets. That’s bad news, says Katharina Wolf, especially for those who worry that Europe is becoming increasingly weaker and susceptible to ‘miscalculation and aggression’. More on «Defense Spending 2014: the EU Picture»


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22 May 2015 Security Watch

Learning the Lessons of Ebola: Why the Spread of Disease is About More Than Just Health

What lessons should the international community learn from its handling of West Africa’s recent Ebola crisis? Levi Maxey and Brian Finlay think that there is a growing need to 1) “think horizontally” across the health-security divide, and 2) anticipate more participants in complex global health emergencies. More on «Learning the Lessons of Ebola: Why the Spread of Disease is About More Than Just Health»


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22 May 2015ISN Blog

Mediation Perspectives: Professionalizing Mediation through Negotiation Simulations

Using simulations to train mediators is sometimes criticized for being superficial, stereotyping conflict actors, and adversely shaping real-world negotiations. For Simon Mason, however, these criticisms miss the mark. Simulation training is indeed useful provided it’s designed and run professionally. More on «Mediation Perspectives: Professionalizing Mediation through Negotiation Simulations»


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Apr 2015 Publications

Thucydides Was Right: Defining the Future Threat

Can Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War help the US better understand its current and future security environment? Colin Gray believes so. That’s partly due to the strategic and political similarities between Thucydides’ world and the contemporary international system. More on «Thucydides Was Right: Defining the Future Threat»


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1 May 2015 Audio

New Oil and American Security

Does oil play a less important role in geopolitics and US national security than is commonly believed? Find out this audio presentation with the University of Texas’ Eugene Gholz. More on «New Oil and American Security»


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Chatham House (i.e., the Royal Institute of International Affairs) is an independent, international affairs-centered think tank and membership organization. More on «Chatham House»