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A Pakistani Honor Guard prepares for the arrival of US Defense Secretary Gates
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Whither Pakistan?

19 Dec 2014 Security Watch

How can Pakistan free itself from six decades of violence and instability? According to Samir Tata, Islamabad must accomplish three tasks if it wants a ‘reset’ to happen – 1) reshape its relations with its neighbors, 2) modernize its military capabilities, and 3) encourage political reforms and economic development. More on «Whither Pakistan?»


Belarus Victory Day, courtesy of  Val Astraverkhau
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Revisiting Belarus: The Reality beyond the Rhetoric

19 Dec 2014 Security Watch

Western policy towards Belarus should be principled and yet capable of adapting to changing ‘facts on the ground’. This is especially true of the EU, writes Balázs Jarábik, which should focus on those sectors where Minsk has signaled its determination to modernize and reform. More on «Revisiting Belarus: The Reality beyond the Rhetoric »


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The 'Return' of Nuclear Weapons

18 Dec 2014 Security Watch

It takes something like Ukraine’s troubles to refocus public and political attention on nuclear weapons, writes Nikolai Sokov. Unfortunately, instead of provoking calls for their elimination, he thinks that conflicts of this type make owning nuclear weapons seem more attractive. More on «The 'Return' of Nuclear Weapons»