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Norwegian Leopard II tank of the Telemark Battalion
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The Decline of Armoured Assets in Western Europe

2 Jul 2015 Security Watch

What risks are Europe’s leading military powers taking by substantially cutting their armored forces? Marco Giulio Barone worries that the decision could hamper future defense coordination and create severe vulnerabilities for the security of the entire continent. More on «The Decline of Armoured Assets in Western Europe»


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Venezuela, Military Generals, and the Cartel of the Suns

2 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Venezuela’s Cartel de Los Soles presents a different kind of challenge than its counterparts in Colombia and Mexico, says Brenda Fiegel. It’s a drug trafficking organization that’s run by high-ranking government officials rather than criminals, which makes it almost impossible to dismantle. More on «Venezuela, Military Generals, and the Cartel of the Suns »


Al Baghdadi speaks at Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul on July 4 2014
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Ignore Them at Your Peril: The (Missing?) Strategic Narrative of ISIS

1 Jul 2015 Security Watch

The West needs to focus less on the so-called Islamic State’s repulsive acts of violence and more on the consistency of its strategic narrative, argues Kacper Rękawek. By doing so, it will create more balanced and effective strategies to counter the influence of this pernicious group. More on «Ignore Them at Your Peril: The (Missing?) Strategic Narrative of ISIS»


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North Korea: Beyond the Six-Party Talks

1 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Is it time to pursue new forms of engagement with North Korea? Our partners at Crisis Group believe so. Introducing non-governmental organizations into the mix, for example, might help spur the Hermit Kingdom towards more constructive exchanges with its neighbors and the West. More on «North Korea: Beyond the Six-Party Talks»