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U.S.-Nordic Defense Industry Cooperation: Adding Value to the Transatlantic Partnership

20 Nov 2014 Security Watch

Should Europe’s Nordic countries forge a stronger defense-industrial partnership with the United States? Michael Mohr and Erik Brattberg believe so. Closer ties will strengthen Nordic-Baltic defense capabilities, boost regional energy security and enhance the overall security of the Arctic and the rest of Europe. More on «U.S.-Nordic Defense Industry Cooperation: Adding Value to the Transatlantic Partnership»


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The Drop in Oil Prices: Economic and Strategic Implications

20 Nov 2014 Security Watch

If oil prices continue to spiral downward, what will be the economic and strategic results? Not too bad, says Gawdat Bahgat. Consumers will benefit at the expense of producers and, perhaps more controversially, the ‘oil for security’ bargain crafted between Western powers and Middle Eastern suppliers will remain intact. More on «The Drop in Oil Prices: Economic and Strategic Implications»


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Privatizing Security

19 Nov 2014 Security Watch

What’s the problem with entrusting national security to private military and security companies (PMSCs)? Lou Pingeot reminds us that it’s their limited scope. They tackle the symptoms of war and insecurity, which means that higher-level problems inevitably get neglected. More on «Privatizing Security»