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Computer Screen with a war game played by Naval War College students during the 2013 Inter-American War Game
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Waffles or Pancakes? Operational– versus Tactical-Level Wargaming

27 Aug 2015 Security Watch

Wargaming at the operational and tactical levels looks the same and has many of the same characteristics, observes Dale Eikmeier, but there are important and subtle differences. Today, he highlights 13 of them in order to avoid a common gamer error – trying to apply tactical-level principles to operational-level problems. More on «Waffles or Pancakes? Operational– versus Tactical-Level Wargaming»


The Grande Mosquée de la Riviéra in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
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Is Côte d’Ivoire Facing Religious Radicalism?

27 Aug 2015 Security Watch

William Assanvo believes so. Given its mixture of Christian Pentecostal movements, competing branches of Islam, a Lebanese diaspora with well-established ties to Hezbollah, and a host of political, military, socio-economic and identity problems, all is not well in this African nation. More on «Is Côte d’Ivoire Facing Religious Radicalism?»


French Mistral shortly after launching in Brest
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Saudi Arabia and Egypt Covet New Assault Ships

26 Aug 2015 Security Watch

Given that its deal with Russia fell through, what should France do with its Mistral assault ships? One possible option, according to Stratfor, is to sell them to the above countries. They apparently hope to create a joint Arab intervention force that will be able to project military power from sea to shore. More on «Saudi Arabia and Egypt Covet New Assault Ships»


US and China Clash
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Is Global Power Shifting from Washington to Beijing?

26 Aug 2015 Security Watch

The answer, according to the five analysts featured in this text, is mostly no. The US may have lost its ‘unipolar moment’, but that’s not the same thing as losing its outsized power. However, even though China suffers from a host of structural problems, we may soon live in a bipolar world that pits this Asian power, along with India, against the West. More on «Is Global Power Shifting from Washington to Beijing?»