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The Strange Death of the Counter-insurgency Era

2 Apr 2015 Security Watch

What lessons can we learn from the counter-insurgency era that spanned the recent interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq? As M L R Smith and D M Jones see it, COIN was more of a narrative than an empirical concept, it concealed ideologically-tainted modernization projects that worked at cross purposes with actual needs, and more. More on «The Strange Death of the Counter-insurgency Era»


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Vulnerable Frontier: Militarized Competition in Outer Space

2 Apr 2015 Security Watch

The CSS’ Michael Haas thinks that the specter of space conflict will become increasingly prominent in global politics. That’s partly due to the growing number of states that now have the technological wherewithal to field kinetic anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons. More on «Vulnerable Frontier: Militarized Competition in Outer Space»


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NATO’s Strategic Adaptation: Germany Is the Backbone for the Alliance’s Military Reorganisation

1 Apr 2015 Security Watch

There are three reasons why Germany’s role in reinforcing and reorganizing NATO’s defense capabilities remains crucial, writes Claudia Major. Perhaps the most prominent of the three is Berlin’s decision to launch the Framework Nations Concept in 2013. More on «NATO’s Strategic Adaptation: Germany Is the Backbone for the Alliance’s Military Reorganisation»