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Egypt's Growing Militant Threat

5 Aug 2015 Security Watch

It remains to be seen whether Egypt’s militants can match the successes of the so-called Islamic State, writes Muhammad Mansour. That’s partly due to the Egyptian Army, which remains one of the strongest and most resilient defense forces in the Middle East. More on «Egypt's Growing Militant Threat»


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The New Atlanticism or a Wider Atlantic?

5 Aug 2015 Security Watch

Is the traditional dominance of the Atlantic region by the US and Western Europe starting to erode? Johanna Mendelson Forman believes so. What’s emerging in its place is a ‘wider Atlantic’ that accounts for the growing influence of Latin America, the Caribbean and other areas. More on «The New Atlanticism or a Wider Atlantic? »


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Putting Numbers on Capabilities: Defence Inflation vs. Cost Escalation

4 Aug 2015 Security Watch

Do Europe’s defense planners need to develop a deeper understanding of the problems posed by spiraling equipment costs? Katharina Wolf believes so. While loose terms such as ‘defense inflation’ and ‘cost escalation’ are used to describe outlays in the defense sector, they don’t measure the same things or lead to the same conclusions. More on «Putting Numbers on Capabilities: Defence Inflation vs. Cost Escalation»


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Eritrea – Paths Out of Isolation

4 Aug 2015 Security Watch

Annette Weber thinks that Eritrea should be reintegrated into Africa’s regional structures, especially those that focus on conflict mediation and economic development. Such a move, she argues, will help build trust and neutralize Eritrean narratives that stress Ethiopian aggression and international conspiracies. More on «Eritrea – Paths Out of Isolation»