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Piracy and Maritime Security


What causes maritime piracy and why does it occur where it does? While it is true that piracy thrives under conditions of economic deprivation, state failure and general disorder, as in the case of Somalia, there are also instances when it depends on a degree of security and informal governance that truly anarchic circumstances cannot provide. More on «$mainObject.getPropertyValue("ICOMMON_TITLE" )»

F18 taking off the USS Harry Truman, courtesy of US Navy/wikimedia commons
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Air Power vs. Sea Power?


With the appetite for future land wars at a low ebb, proponents of air and sea power have an opportunity they really haven’t had since the late 1990s – i.e., to promote their respective ‘brands’ as the most effective instrument of a state’s military and geopolitical power. But is there really a debate to be had over which ‘brand’ is most useful, especially given that one of the most formidable instruments of state power – the aircraft carrier– effectively blends them together? More on «$mainObject.getPropertyValue("ICOMMON_TITLE" )»

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Strategic Trends 2014


This week we feature the 2014 edition of CSS’ popular “Strategic Trends” series. After highlighting the volume’s general conclusions, we will then feature individual chapters on 1) the problems Russia’s foreign policy poses for the West, 2) the EU’s eroding influence in its southern neighborhood, 3) the ‘Talibanization’ of radical Islamists in other parts of the world, 4) the gradual erosion of the US-led global security architecture, and 5) the evolving nature of US foreign policy. More on «$mainObject.getPropertyValue("ICOMMON_TITLE" )»