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Republic of Korea K1 battle tank drives off an amphibious ship
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The Korean Quandary: Defence Reform

2 Sep 2014 Security Watch

What should the US make of South Korea’s latest military procurement decisions? According to Paul Pryce, Washington might worry that Seoul will field smaller forces, become a less reliable ally and increasingly fall under the influence of China. More on «The Korean Quandary: Defence Reform»


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Land and Conflict in Brazil

2 Sep 2014 Security Watch

Does concentrated land ownership lead to rural conflict and insurgency? Although inequality may seem like a recipe for unrest, Michael Albertus reminds us that there is an important variable to consider – the ability of large landowners to organize themselves and then suppress discontent. More on «Land and Conflict in Brazil»


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Defending the Island: Kurdistan’s Dunkirk and the Fate of a Free Middle East

1 Sep 2014 Security Watch

What are the West’s principal security objectives in the Middle East? For David Danelo, the two-part answer is simple – destroy the Islamic State, which poses an “irreconcilable threat to humanity,” and sustain a stable Kurdistan, which is critical to accomplishing the first objective. More on «Defending the Island: Kurdistan’s Dunkirk and the Fate of a Free Middle East»