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DRC Soldiers marching, courtesy of Day Donaldson
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Merging Competing Militaries after Civil Wars

27 Jan 2015 Security Watch

Merging competing armed groups into a unified national army has become an important tick box item for ending civil wars. Today, Roy Licklider considers which military integration strategies have been most successful, whether they’ve helped prevent renewed civil strife and much more. More on «Merging Competing Militaries after Civil Wars»


Congolese National Police, courtesy of  MONUSCO Photos
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10 Wars to Watch in 2015

27 Jan 2015 Security Watch

What conflicts have made the International Crisis Group’s list of 10 wars to watch for in 2015? And further, why does our partner organization think that increased global fragmentation might help resolve some of these struggles? Find out here. More on «10 Wars to Watch in 2015»


US LCS 3 at Sea Trials, courtesy of Naval Surface Warriors
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The LCS and SSC Survivability Dilemma

26 Jan 2015 Security Watch

Is the United States’ littoral combatant ship (LCS) and follow-on small surface combatant (SSC) more survivable than larger combat vessels? Not according to Steven Wills. That’s because these vessels’ ‘operational profiles’ are defined more by weight limitations than anything else. More on «The LCS and SSC Survivability Dilemma»