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Understanding the Indications and Warning Efforts of US Ballistic Missile Defense

30 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Thomas Hensley and others think that the threat posed by North Korea should spur the US to improve its ballistic missile defenses. By synchronizing their indications and warning systems more effectively, the country’s strategic commands would enhance their intelligence collection capabilities, their situational awareness, etc. More on «Understanding the Indications and Warning Efforts of US Ballistic Missile Defense»


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The UAE and China’s Thriving Partnership

30 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Will the UAE-China partnership get even stronger over the coming years? Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat has no doubts. While Beijing now views the Emirates as an important geostrategic hub, the UAE hopes that closer economic and political ties will bolster its bargaining position with the United States. More on «The UAE and China’s Thriving Partnership»


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Averting Crisis in the Spratlys: Towards a Regional Naval Forum

29 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Why should the multiple claimants of the Spratly Islands establish a Regional Naval Forum? Ba Hamzah believes that this mechanism will not only enhance communications and mutual confidence between naval commanders, it might also complement a code of conduct for this disputed territory. More on «Averting Crisis in the Spratlys: Towards a Regional Naval Forum »


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Modi's More Muscular Foreign Policy?

29 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Sumit Ganguly believes that Narendra Modi’s new approach to dealing with Pakistan has three distinct elements – 1) working with India’s other neighbors to put pressure on its rival; 2) responding vigorously to Pakistani ‘provocations’ along their disputed border, and 3) improving trade and commercial ties. See the analysis here. More on «Modi's More Muscular Foreign Policy?»