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ISIL Revenues: Grow or Die

7 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Like other extreme predatory groups, the so-called Islamic State’s revenue streams are largely unsustainable, writes Frank Gunter. That’s why mounting a coordinated attack on the sources of its finances is so important – it will blunt the threats posed by this pernicious group. More on «ISIL Revenues: Grow or Die»


Summit at Schloss Elmau, courtesy of Number 10
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Sanctions Emerge as the Indispensable Tool of American Statecraft

7 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Have sanctions become a more potent tool of American statecraft over the past two decades? F. Joseph Dresen believes so. What hasn’t changed is the need to ensure that they 1) support the pursuit of realistic goals, 2) have a degree of international support, and 3) are applied with an exit strategy firmly in mind. More on «Sanctions Emerge as the Indispensable Tool of American Statecraft»


Nuclear explosion viewed through a periscope, courtesy of US Navy/wikimedia commons
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An Unnoticed Crisis: The End of History for Nuclear Arms Control?

6 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Is the nuclear arms control regime that has existed since 1963 about to collapse? Alexei Arbatov thinks so. Indeed, the only thing that can prevent its unraveling is a new-found determination by politicians and experts to fix the regime’s strategic and technical problems. More on «An Unnoticed Crisis: The End of History for Nuclear Arms Control?»


The Putin Paradox
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Reading Russia Is Never Easy

6 Jul 2015 Security Watch

While understanding Russia may not be easy, the country’s Europaversteher (understanding of Europe) is dubious at best. Dennis Machsane partly attributes this problem to the country’s political culture and the unwillingness of Russian foreign policy analysts to criticize the Putin regime. More on «Reading Russia Is Never Easy »