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US Secretary of State John Kerry and Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi Address Reporters
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A Fateful Triangle: the United States, Iran, and Saudi Arabia in Yemen

29 May 2015 Security Watch

What have been the main consequences of the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels? Asbed Kotchikian thinks they include 1) the return of AQAP to its former strongholds; 2) an obvious uptick in Saudi-Iranian tensions; and 3) the addition of yet another layer of complexity to the US’ relations with Tehran. More on «A Fateful Triangle: the United States, Iran, and Saudi Arabia in Yemen»


Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution, cortesy of Pasu Au Yeung

Are There Cultural Obstacles to Democratisation?

29 May 2015 Security Watch

Culture is a neglected but important determinant of democratic transformations, or so argue Yuriy Gorodnichenko and Gèrard Roland. Their research suggests that states with ‘individualist’ cultures tend to democratize far earlier than those based on hierarchy and order. More on «Are There Cultural Obstacles to Democratisation? »


New MRAP vehicles in Afghanistan
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It's Time to Simplify Defense Acquisitions

28 May 2015 Security Watch

Like many others, Dan Ward thinks that an overhaul of the United States’ defense acquisition process is long overdue. Without needed reforms, he worries the country’s legislators, defense officials and military leaders will continue to add new layers of complexity to an already overburdened system. More on «It's Time to Simplify Defense Acquisitions»