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A Pakistani Honor Guard prepares for the arrival of US Defense Secretary Gates
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Pakistan: Ending the Semblance of Civil-Military Cordiality?

24 Nov 2014 Security Watch

Have Pakistan’s civilian politicians finally reined in the influence of the country’s armed forces? Far from it, says Siegfried Wolf. If anything, Islamabad’s most recent political turmoil confirms that civil-military relations remain trapped in old patterns, even if the possibilities of a coup have been reduced. More on «Pakistan: Ending the Semblance of Civil-Military Cordiality?»


Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping at China-Russia summit in Moscow, 2013.
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WWII Celebration Plans by Putin and Xi to Score Points

24 Nov 2014 Security Watch

Why are China and Russia jointly planning to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II? Stein Tønnesson thinks that Beijing and Moscow want to use the celebrations in order to strain US-Japan relations and to warn Tokyo against continued historical revisionism. More on «WWII Celebration Plans by Putin and Xi to Score Points »


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What Is Asia? A Security Debate between Alfred Mahan and Barry Buzan

21 Nov 2014 Security Watch

Is Asia best understood as a single, unified strategic space or a cluster of distinct regional security complexes? Sunil Dasgupta argues that while the latter view remains more accurate at present, Chinese and American security policies are making ‘one Asia’ a burgeoning reality. More on «What Is Asia? A Security Debate between Alfred Mahan and Barry Buzan»