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Women living in the shadow of gun violence
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Intervention in Intrastate War: The Military Planning Problem

22 Oct 2014 Security Watch

Why do the attempts to apply classic counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine to today’s intrastate conflicts seem so forced and misguided? The answer, according to William Gregory, is that the doctrine still concentrates too much on war and not enough on politics. More on «Intervention in Intrastate War: The Military Planning Problem»


Barbed Minaret, courtesy of  Michele Benericetti
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Bringing Back the Palestinian Refugee Question

22 Oct 2014 Security Watch

Our partners at the International Crisis Group think that it’s high time for the Palestinian Authority to resolve its differences with its refugee communities. Not only are such divisions a recipe for further strife and unrest, but they also undermine the credibility of the two-state solution. More on «Bringing Back the Palestinian Refugee Question»


Russian Naval Infantrymen during an exercise in Vladivostok
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Russia Demonstrates Its Strength in the East

21 Oct 2014 Security Watch

What lessons should Asian nations learn from Russia’s recent “East 14” military exercises? According to Anna Maria Dyner, the exercises did demonstrate the growing combat readiness of the Russian military, but they also exposed obvious gaps in the country’s forward defense capabilities. More on «Russia Demonstrates Its Strength in the East»