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Troops from the 82nd Airborne Division wait at the Port-au-Prince, Haiti, airport after an early morning flight Jan. 16, 2010.
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Retrenchment Chic: The Dangers of Offshore Balancing

2 Sep 2015 Security Watch

Should America pursue a minimalist foreign policy that’s often described as offshore balancing? Not according to Hal Brands. Wanting to retrench the US’ force posture and alliance commitments is based on questionable ‘less-is-more’ logic. After all, how does reduced engagement magically lead to greater security and influence? More on «Retrenchment Chic: The Dangers of Offshore Balancing»


DPRK Flag in Pyongyang
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Tension Highlights North Korea’s Limitations

2 Sep 2015 Security Watch

According to Shim Jae Hoon, North Korea’s recent and ‘blood-curdling’ threats against Seoul underscore the country’s weaknesses. Indeed, shifting global ties have made Pyongyang’s all-to-familiar strong-arm tactics increasingly puerile, ineffective and hollow. More on «Tension Highlights North Korea’s Limitations »


Western Sahara, courtesy of  Nick Brooks
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Morocco's Counterterrorism Strategy: Implications for Western Sahara

1 Sep 2015 Security Watch

Morocco’s latest counterterrorism strategy is designed to prevent extremists who’ve been trained abroad from re-entering the country. According to Erica Vásquez, the strategy is flawed -- i.e., it's militarizing Morocco’s national security & compromising the safety of those who live in the Western Sahara. More on «Morocco's Counterterrorism Strategy: Implications for Western Sahara»


Migration in Libya, courtesy of Magharebia
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Asylum Flows to The EU: Blip or Norm?

1 Sep 2015 Security Watch

What problems are EU members now facing from asylum seekers, particularly those from Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan and the Western Balkans? What diverging paths are the asylum seekers taking to Europe? And finally, does the recent spike in migration represent ‘a new normal’? Here are Roderick Parkes’ answers to these painful questions. More on «Asylum Flows to The EU: Blip or Norm?»