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    Retrenchment Chic: The Dangers of Offshore Balancing

    Should America pursue a minimalist foreign policy that’s often described as offshore balancing? Not according to Hal Brands. Wanting to retrench the US’ force posture and alliance commitments is based on questionable ‘less-is-more’ logic. After all, how does reduced engagement magically lead to greater security and influence? More

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    Tension Highlights North Korea’s Limitations

    According to Shim Jae Hoon, North Korea’s recent and ‘blood-curdling’ threats against Seoul underscore the country’s weaknesses. Indeed, shifting global ties have made Pyongyang’s all-to-familiar strong-arm tactics increasingly puerile, ineffective and hollow. More

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    Russia’s Dual Assault on the Non-Proliferation Regime

    Is the Ukraine crisis just about lofty European values, unresolved humanitarian ills, or abstract international law? As Andreas Umland sees it, Russia’s meddling in Ukraine is also an attack on the world’s nuclear nonproliferation regime. And what’s worse, the West and China are indirectly complicit in the assault. More

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    Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, Vol 17, No 7

    This issue of the CACI-SRSP is loaded with articles and field reports that focus on planned China-Pakistan trade routes, the ideological splits between insurgents in Dagestan, the political and economic turmoil bedeviling Georgia, China’s possible influence in the South Caucus region, and other interesting items. More

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    Ethan Zuckerman on the Ethics of the Internet

    In this podcast, Ethan Zuckerman elaborates on the roles digital technologies and media currently play in globalization, and how they can potentially connect the world in more ethical and inclusive ways. More

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    Small Arms Survey

    This week's featured partner is the Small Arms Survey, which is located in Geneva, Switzerland. More


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The Ramifications of Water Scarcity in Central Asia

In today's video, Stratfor's Lauren Goodrich and Rebecca Keller discuss how water scarcity, when mixed with other factors, could lead to conflict and unrest in Central Asia. More on «The Ramifications of Water Scarcity in Central Asia»


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2 Sep 2015 Security Watch

Retrenchment Chic: The Dangers of Offshore Balancing

Should America pursue a minimalist foreign policy that’s often described as offshore balancing? Not according to Hal Brands. Wanting to retrench the US’ force posture and alliance commitments is based on questionable ‘less-is-more’ logic. After all, how does reduced engagement magically lead to greater security and influence? More on «Retrenchment Chic: The Dangers of Offshore Balancing»


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2 Sep 2015 Security Watch

Tension Highlights North Korea’s Limitations

According to Shim Jae Hoon, North Korea’s recent and ‘blood-curdling’ threats against Seoul underscore the country’s weaknesses. Indeed, shifting global ties have made Pyongyang’s all-to-familiar strong-arm tactics increasingly puerile, ineffective and hollow. More on «Tension Highlights North Korea’s Limitations »


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2 Sep 2015ISN Blog

Russia’s Dual Assault on the Non-Proliferation Regime

Is the Ukraine crisis just about lofty European values, unresolved humanitarian ills, or abstract international law? As Andreas Umland sees it, Russia’s meddling in Ukraine is also an attack on the world’s nuclear nonproliferation regime. And what’s worse, the West and China are indirectly complicit in the assault. More on «Russia’s Dual Assault on the Non-Proliferation Regime»


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15 Apr 2015 Publications

Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, Vol 17, No 7

This issue of the CACI-SRSP is loaded with articles and field reports that focus on planned China-Pakistan trade routes, the ideological splits between insurgents in Dagestan, the political and economic turmoil bedeviling Georgia, China’s possible influence in the South Caucus region, and other interesting items. More on «Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, Vol 17, No 7»


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3 Jun 2015 Audio

Ethan Zuckerman on the Ethics of the Internet

In this podcast, Ethan Zuckerman elaborates on the roles digital technologies and media currently play in globalization, and how they can potentially connect the world in more ethical and inclusive ways. More on «Ethan Zuckerman on the Ethics of the Internet»


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The Small Arms Survey is an independent research project located at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. It 1) serves as a source of public information on all aspects of small arms production, sales and trafficking on the international level, and 2) traces the relationship between these types of arms and organized violence. More on «Small Arms Survey»