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NATO’s Strategic Adaptation: Germany Is the Backbone for the Alliance’s Military Reorganisation

1 Apr 2015 Security Watch

There are three reasons why Germany’s role in reinforcing and reorganizing NATO’s defense capabilities remains crucial, writes Claudia Major. Perhaps the most prominent of the three is Berlin’s decision to launch the Framework Nations Concept in 2013. More on «NATO’s Strategic Adaptation: Germany Is the Backbone for the Alliance’s Military Reorganisation»


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Resurgent Radicalism

1 Apr 2015 Security Watch

What explains the resurgence of radical Islamism in Europe, the Middle East and beyond? Prem Mahadevan’s four-part answer cites the now-familiar ‘lone wolf’ phenomenon, the so-called Islamic State’s alternative to al Qaida’s belief in ‘borderless jihad’, and more. More on «Resurgent Radicalism»


Algerian Su30 flies over Oum El Bouaghi Air Base
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Algeria’s Army: On Jihadist Alert

31 Mar 2015 Security Watch

In the 1990s, the Algerian Army relied on the “Three C’s” (conflict, containment and conciliation) to suppress local terrorism. Florence Gaub believes the Army is about to use an updated version of this approach against today’s jihadist threat, but with a new tactic thrown in – cooperation with partners. More on «Algeria’s Army: On Jihadist Alert»