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To Build a Network

30 Sep 2014 Security Watch

Al-Qaeda’s evolution into a flatter and more autonomous organization reinforces a point John Arquilla made over a decade ago – it takes a network to fight a network. Since then, America’s efforts to build effective security networks have been rather clumsy, with the exception of the US military. More on «To Build a Network»


Brazil's Favelas, courtesy of RodrigoLobo.com
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Brazil’s Police Struggle to Pacify Gang-Run Slums

30 Sep 2014 Security Watch

Have pacification programs helped Brazil’s police forces turn a corner in their battle against gang-run favelas? Ioan Grillo believes they’ve made a difference. But given the gangs’ deep roots in their communities, pacification must be twined with another program – winning local hearts and minds. More on «Brazil’s Police Struggle to Pacify Gang-Run Slums»


Austrian soldiers head for cover after exiting a helicopter during exercise
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NATO’s Ability to Respond to Crisis: the New Rapid Reaction Force

29 Sep 2014 Security Watch

What capabilities should NATO’s new ‘spearhead force’ have in order to respond to crises? As Brett Friedman sees it, the force must combine ‘middleweight’ fighting ability with strategic flexibility and rapid-deployability, which means that it should be modeled on the US Marine’s Expeditionary Brigade. More on «NATO’s Ability to Respond to Crisis: the New Rapid Reaction Force»