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The Chinese Navy destroyer Qingdao transits through the Pearl Harbor channel
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Modernizing the Chinese Navy’s Surface Fleet

26 May 2015 Security Watch

We’re not paying enough attention to the rapid modernization of the Chinese Navy’s surface fleet, says Shahryar Pasandideh. With 54 new surface combatants commissioned since 2004 and approximately 15 others soon to come on line, the lesson is obvious – ignoring this breakneck production schedule is both unreasonable and unwise. More on «Modernizing the Chinese Navy’s Surface Fleet»


Khieu Samphan during a Trial Chamber, courtesy of Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
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UN Credibility on Trial in Cambodia

26 May 2015 Security Watch

Should the UN take a stronger stand against the political interference being directed at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia? John Ciorciari believes so. Failure to support this special court will risk the credibility of similar initiatives around the globe. More on «UN Credibility on Trial in Cambodia »


Demobilization of Burundian Military, courtesy of United Nations Photo
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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»