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Why Don't Europeans Use NATO and the EU?

16 Apr 2014 Security Watch

Indeed, why are European states increasingly giving short shrift to NATO and EU-driven defense cooperation? The answer is simple, argues Bence Németh – they aren’t satisfied with the possibilities these two organizations now offer. More on «Why Don't Europeans Use NATO and the EU?»


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The Forever War? Military Control in Sri Lanka's North

15 Apr 2014 Security Watch

Is the Sri Lankan government finally bowing to international pressure and demilitarizing its most restive and northern province? Not according to the ICG. Colombo’s claim that its security forces are gradually being relieved of their ‘regional reconstruction’ duties is a mere fiction. More on «The Forever War? Military Control in Sri Lanka's North»


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Not a New Cold War: Great Game II

14 Apr 2014 Security Watch

Are Russia and the West about to revisit the ritualized competition of the Cold War? Not according to Mark Galeotti. A more useful analogy is the Great Game, that freewheeling 19th century struggle between Great Britain and Russia over Central Asia. More on «Not a New Cold War: Great Game II»