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Russian Naval Infantrymen during an exercise in Vladivostok
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Russia Demonstrates Its Strength in the East

21 Oct 2014 Security Watch

What lessons should Asian nations learn from Russia’s recent “East 14” military exercises? According to Anna Maria Dyner, the exercises did demonstrate the growing combat readiness of the Russian military, but they also exposed obvious gaps in the country’s forward defense capabilities. More on «Russia Demonstrates Its Strength in the East»


Civilian Drones, courtesy of  Ars Electronica
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Drone-tocracy? Mapping the Proliferation of Unmanned Systems

21 Oct 2014 Security Watch

Wim Zwijnenburg believes that it’s time to curb the proliferation of military drones. The problem, however, is that today’s arms control agreements are not comprehensive enough to regulate the growing investment in unmanned systems. That’s why new and specific regulations are indeed necessary. More on «Drone-tocracy? Mapping the Proliferation of Unmanned Systems»


Tanzanian Peace Keeper Training
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The Rising Terrorist Threat in Tanzania: Domestic Islamist Militancy and Regional Threats

20 Oct 2014 Security Watch

How should the US respond to a growing number of Islamist attacks in Tanzania? Andres LeSage thinks Washington should 1) pay attention to the problem, particularly at the policy level, and 2) commit the intelligence, law enforcement, and strategic communications assets that are needed to help curb the violence. More on «The Rising Terrorist Threat in Tanzania: Domestic Islamist Militancy and Regional Threats»