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Western Sahara, courtesy of  Nick Brooks
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Morocco's Counterterrorism Strategy: Implications for Western Sahara

1 Sep 2015 Security Watch

Morocco’s latest counterterrorism strategy is designed to prevent extremists who’ve been trained abroad from re-entering the country. According to Erica Vásquez, the strategy is flawed -- i.e., it's militarizing Morocco’s national security & compromising the safety of those who live in the Western Sahara. More on «Morocco's Counterterrorism Strategy: Implications for Western Sahara»


Migration in Libya, courtesy of Magharebia
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Asylum Flows to The EU: Blip or Norm?

1 Sep 2015 Security Watch

What problems are EU members now facing from asylum seekers, particularly those from Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan and the Western Balkans? What diverging paths are the asylum seekers taking to Europe? And finally, does the recent spike in migration represent ‘a new normal’? Here are Roderick Parkes’ answers to these painful questions. More on «Asylum Flows to The EU: Blip or Norm?»


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A Looming Crisis of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty: Sources and Consequences

31 Aug 2015 Security Watch

Did Russia violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty (INF) by recently testing a new ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM)? Yury Fedorov believes so. He also thinks it spells bad news for the INF, the strategic rim stretching from the Baltic to the Black Seas, and NATO’s nuclear planning. More on «A Looming Crisis of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty: Sources and Consequences»


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How Do Non-Democratic Regimes Claim Legitimacy?

31 Aug 2015 Security Watch

Christian von Soest and Julia Grauvogel believe we need a better sense of how authoritarian regimes manipulate the concept of legitimacy to secure their rule. One option is to use the Regime Legitimation Expert Survey (RLES) and then apply it to the non-democratic regimes that existed in the post-Soviet space from 1991-2010. More on «How Do Non-Democratic Regimes Claim Legitimacy? »