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Sri Lankan Army Soldiers, courtesy of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade /flickr
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The Forever War? Military Control in Sri Lanka's North

15 Apr 2014 Security Watch

Is the Sri Lankan government finally bowing to international pressure and demilitarizing its most restive and northern province? Not according to the ICG. Colombo’s claim that its security forces are gradually being relieved of their ‘regional reconstruction’ duties is a mere fiction. More on «The Forever War? Military Control in Sri Lanka's North»


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Not a New Cold War: Great Game II

14 Apr 2014 Security Watch

Are Russia and the West about to revisit the ritualized competition of the Cold War? Not according to Mark Galeotti. A more useful analogy is the Great Game, that freewheeling 19th century struggle between Great Britain and Russia over Central Asia. More on «Not a New Cold War: Great Game II»


French and Royal Marines, courtesy of UK Ministry of Defence /flickr
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Are the UK and France on the Same Page?

11 Apr 2014 Security Watch

Do London and Paris remain in sync since signing the Lancaster House defense and security treaties of 2010? When it comes to closer cooperation between their armed forces, the answer is yes, says Benoît Gomis. But that hasn't stopped the agreements from being buffeted about by domestic politics. More on «Are the UK and France on the Same Page?»