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    Planning for a Post-Islamic State Middle East

    Georgois Barzukas has no doubts. The way the so-called Islamic State’s (IS) ersatz Caliphate is fought, defeated and ultimately replaced will determine the nature and extent of the conflicts that follow. Indeed, local stakeholders in Turkey, Syria and Iraq are already jostling for position in a post-IS Middle East. More

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    Doing “the Most Difficult Job in the World”: The UN Secretary-General and Future

    The UN Secretary-General’s post and the politics surrounding it receive little analysis. What, exactly, does the role entail? Who will succeed Ban Ki-moon? Will the selection process be fair, or should the 10 reforms advocated by the “1 for 7 Billion” campaign first be enacted? Today, Emma Dwight delves into these questions and others. More

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    Is New Narrative on Fighting Extremism a Fantasy?

    Is the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) concept a viable one or will it simply repeat the mistakes of the larger “war on terror,” including allocating resources to outcomes with little chance of success, emboldening misguided policymakers, curbing personal freedoms, and more? Here’s what James Bowen thinks. More

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    Seven Areas to Watch in the FY17 Defense Budget

    In today’s publication, Katherine Blakely highlights what to look for as the US crafts its FY2017 defense budget. Of particular interest are 1) where the Pentagon will find $22 billion in military cuts; 2) the investments in future technologies; and 3) the debilitating costs of overseas contingency operations. More

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    The Killing Compartments: The Mentality of Mass Murder

    In recent times, scholars have largely agreed that it's context, not ideology, which causes ordinary people to commit genocide. Dutch sociologist Abram de Swann begs to differ. In today’s podcast, he argues we should reject this “situationist paradigm” and put more weight on the life histories of those who perform mass murder. More

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    Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS)

    This week's featured partner is the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), which is located at the National University of Singapore. More


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Britain and the EU: A View from the European Parliament

In today’s video, Martin Schulz, who is the President of the European Parliament, argues that the EU, despite its present troubles, remains the answer to global problems and needs “fixing rather than ditching.” More on «Britain and the EU: A View from the European Parliament»


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11 Feb 2016 Security Watch

Planning for a Post-Islamic State Middle East

Georgois Barzukas has no doubts. The way the so-called Islamic State’s (IS) ersatz Caliphate is fought, defeated and ultimately replaced will determine the nature and extent of the conflicts that follow. Indeed, local stakeholders in Turkey, Syria and Iraq are already jostling for position in a post-IS Middle East. More on «Planning for a Post-Islamic State Middle East»


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11 Feb 2016 Security Watch

Doing “the Most Difficult Job in the World”: The UN Secretary-General in the Past, Present and Future

The UN Secretary-General’s post and the politics surrounding it receive little analysis. What, exactly, does the role entail? Who will succeed Ban Ki-moon? Will the selection process be fair, or should the 10 reforms advocated by the “1 for 7 Billion” campaign first be enacted? Today, Emma Dwight delves into these questions and others. More on «Doing “the Most Difficult Job in the World”: The UN Secretary-General in the Past, Present and Future »


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11 Feb 2016ISN Blog

Is New Narrative on Fighting Extremism a Fantasy?

Is the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) concept a viable one or will it simply repeat the mistakes of the larger “war on terror,” including allocating resources to outcomes with little chance of success, emboldening misguided policymakers, curbing personal freedoms, and more? Here’s what James Bowen thinks. More on «Is New Narrative on Fighting Extremism a Fantasy?»


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Feb 2016 Publications

Seven Areas to Watch in the FY17 Defense Budget

In today’s publication, Katherine Blakely highlights what to look for as the US crafts its FY2017 defense budget. Of particular interest are 1) where the Pentagon will find $22 billion in military cuts; 2) the investments in future technologies; and 3) the debilitating costs of overseas contingency operations. More on «Seven Areas to Watch in the FY17 Defense Budget»


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11 Jan 2016 Audio

The Killing Compartments: The Mentality of Mass Murder

In recent times, scholars have largely agreed that it's context, not ideology, which causes ordinary people to commit genocide. Dutch sociologist Abram de Swann begs to differ. In today’s podcast, he argues we should reject this “situationist paradigm” and put more weight on the life histories of those who perform mass murder. More on «The Killing Compartments: The Mentality of Mass Murder»


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Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS)

The Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) is an autonomous research institute that is part of the National University of Singapore. Its primary aim is to generate knowledge and insights about contemporary South Asia and to disseminate its research in a way that is useful to policymakers, business communities, academia and civil society.

Learn more about ISAS in this ISN interview with Professor Tan Tai Yong, the Institute's Director.

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