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We Know How to Strike, But Can We Achieve Victory? A Primer on the American Way of War in the 20th & 21st Centuries

25 May 2015 Security Watch

What explains the US military’s predilection for limited strike operations beginning in the 1950s? Diane Maye points to an institutional bias which has also negatively impacted the armed forces’ ability to conduct counterinsurgency and stability operations. More on «We Know How to Strike, But Can We Achieve Victory? A Primer on the American Way of War in the 20th & 21st Centuries»


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What Now for Burundi? Five Key Risks

25 May 2015 Security Watch

Burundi is teetering on the brink of renewed internal conflict. Today, Stephen Graham and Anthony Morland consider what a return to the dark days of the 1993-2005 civil war could mean for this fragile central African state and its equally volatile neighbors. More on «What Now for Burundi? Five Key Risks»


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Defense Spending 2014: the EU Picture

22 May 2015 Security Watch

Despite pledges to the contrary, many EU states continue to slash their defense budgets. That’s bad news, says Katharina Wolf, especially for those who worry that Europe is becoming increasingly weaker and susceptible to ‘miscalculation and aggression’. More on «Defense Spending 2014: the EU Picture»