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The Hazards of Going to War for Profit

24 Oct 2014 Security Watch

Has the growing reliance on private military and security companies (PMSCs) been a good thing? Not according to James Pattison. Among other sins, PMSCs are ineffectively regulated, dubiously selected, potentially unreliable, and an ideal way for policymakers to circumvent constitutional or parliamentary constraints. More on «The Hazards of Going to War for Profit »


Germiyan Province , courtesy of Global Photo Archive
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Nationalism under Pressure: Islamic State, Iraq and Kurdistan

24 Oct 2014 Security Watch

Has the Iraqi Kurds’ sense of national identity been strengthened by the emergence of the so-called Islamic State? Not necessarily, says Erlend Paasche. If anything, mounting socio-economic and political tensions inside northern Iraq have been tearing at Kurdish nationalism for the last decade. More on «Nationalism under Pressure: Islamic State, Iraq and Kurdistan »


Titan missile in its silo
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New START: Russia and the United States Increase Deployed Nuclear Arsenals

23 Oct 2014 Security Watch

Since entering into the New START Treaty three and a half years ago, both Russia and the Unites States have added to their deployed nuclear weapons arsenals. As Hans Kristensen sees it, this behavior hardly sets the right tone for next year’s nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference. More on «New START: Russia and the United States Increase Deployed Nuclear Arsenals»