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Putting Numbers on Capabilities: Defence Inflation vs. Cost Escalation

4 Aug 2015 Security Watch

Do Europe’s defense planners need to develop a deeper understanding of the problems posed by spiraling equipment costs? Katharina Wolf believes so. While loose terms such as ‘defense inflation’ and ‘cost escalation’ are used to describe outlays in the defense sector, they don’t measure the same things or lead to the same conclusions. More on «Putting Numbers on Capabilities: Defence Inflation vs. Cost Escalation»


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Eritrea – Paths Out of Isolation

4 Aug 2015 Security Watch

Annette Weber thinks that Eritrea should be reintegrated into Africa’s regional structures, especially those that focus on conflict mediation and economic development. Such a move, she argues, will help build trust and neutralize Eritrean narratives that stress Ethiopian aggression and international conspiracies. More on «Eritrea – Paths Out of Isolation»


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The New Containment: Changing America's Approach to Middle East Security

3 Aug 2015 Security Watch

Bilal Y Saab believes the United States can best protect the recent Iranian nuclear deal by developing a more comprehensive security strategy for the Middle East. Not only should this strategy be creative and cost-effective, it must also bring regional stakeholders into a new cooperative security system. More on «The New Containment: Changing America's Approach to Middle East Security »


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The First Steps of the Eurasian Economic Union: Disputes, Initiatives and Results

3 Aug 2015 Security Watch

How much progress has the Eurasian Economic Union made in its first six months of existence? Not much, says Kateryna Bogulavska. Efforts to form important common markets have been put on hold, political relations between member-states are strained, and everyone’s trying to protect their national markets. More on «The First Steps of the Eurasian Economic Union: Disputes, Initiatives and Results»