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The Case for Tactical Nuclear Weapons

25 Nov 2014 Security Watch

Are tactical nuclear weapons outdated relics of the Cold War? Should they be phased out of the US' and NATO’s arsenals? On the contrary, says John Klein. As he sees it, the deterrence value of these weapons remains as powerful as ever. More on «The Case for Tactical Nuclear Weapons»


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Turkey and the PKK: Saving the Peace Process

25 Nov 2014 Security Watch

What steps do the Turkish government and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) need to take in order to save their troubled peace process? According to our partners at the ICG, their desired end states need to be more precise, they need to adopt a more urgent timeline and more. More on «Turkey and the PKK: Saving the Peace Process»


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Pakistan: Ending the Semblance of Civil-Military Cordiality?

24 Nov 2014 Security Watch

Have Pakistan’s civilian politicians finally reined in the influence of the country’s armed forces? Far from it, says Siegfried Wolf. If anything, Islamabad’s most recent political turmoil confirms that civil-military relations remain trapped in old patterns, even if the possibilities of a coup have been reduced. More on «Pakistan: Ending the Semblance of Civil-Military Cordiality?»