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No Easy Solutions for Ending India’s Bodo Conflict

27 Feb 2015 Security Watch

Why does the State of Assam in India continue to experience outbursts of Bodo separatist violence? Anshuman Behera’s answer points to New Delhi’s decision to privilege military force over meaningful dialogue with the region’s militant groups. More on «No Easy Solutions for Ending India’s Bodo Conflict»


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Do-it-Yourself Islam? Views on the Religious Credibility of the Islamic State

27 Feb 2015 Security Watch

The so-called Islamic State’s radical interpretation of Islam enjoys little support among leading Sunni and Salafist preachers, observe Erwin van Veen and Iba Abdo. At the same time, you shouldn’t expect these religious leaders to help stem the tide of disaffected Muslims making their way to IS strongholds in Iraq and Syria. More on «Do-it-Yourself Islam? Views on the Religious Credibility of the Islamic State»


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China's Anti-Access Challenge and America's Air-Sea Battle Response

26 Feb 2015 Security Watch

China’s A2/AD capabilities and the United States’ corresponding Air-Sea Battle concept are powerfully interrelated. Today, Eirik Torsvoll traces their evolution and how they are about to define the security dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region for years to come. More on «China's Anti-Access Challenge and America's Air-Sea Battle Response»