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A German Army Leopard II tank lays down a cover of white smoke during exercise
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European Defence: About Neighbours and Distant Friends

20 Apr 2015 Security Watch

Geography and history are two reasons why NATO and the EU haven't truly cooperated on defense. As Dick Zandee sees it, the only way to surmount this problem is to cluster familiar and reliable partners into smaller working groups. More on «European Defence: About Neighbours and Distant Friends»


Nigerian Refined Crude, courtesy of  Stakeholder Democracy
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Oil-rich Delta Poses First Big Test for Nigeria's New Leader

20 Apr 2015 Security Watch

How will Muhammadu Buhar’s new government deal with Nigeria’s troubled and oil-rich Delta region? Obinna Anyadike believes that the handling of lucrative pipeline protection and maritime surveillance contracts will soon provide the president-elect with an initial test. More on «Oil-rich Delta Poses First Big Test for Nigeria's New Leader»


Emirati F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft fly in formation over Southwest Asia
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The U.S. Realignment of the Persian Gulf Regional Security Complex

17 Apr 2015 Security Watch

Maintaining a permanent US presence in the Persian Gulf isn’t just about influencing the region’s security dynamics, writes William Allen. It’s also an essential feature of Washington’s pivot towards Asia and its attempts to keep China’s muscle flexing in check. More on «The U.S. Realignment of the Persian Gulf Regional Security Complex»