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The Juncker Commission and Europe’s Defence Industry

1 Oct 2014 Security Watch

How might J C Juncker’s shake up of the European Commission’s internal market and industry portfolios impact Europe’s defense-industrial policies? Daniel Fiott thinks it might help resolve a still open question – where does the continent’s defense sector fit in with the Commission’s vision of ‘being bigger and more ambitious on big things’? More on «The Juncker Commission and Europe’s Defence Industry»


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The Egyptian State and the Religious Sphere

1 Oct 2014 Security Watch

Should the Egyptian government exclude the country’s religious movements from participating in domestic politics? Not at all, says Georges Fahmi. Involving them in public life will help curb violence and extremism, as well as enhance the stability of this already fragile state. More on «The Egyptian State and the Religious Sphere»


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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»