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The 'Return' of Nuclear Weapons

18 Dec 2014 Security Watch

It takes something like Ukraine’s troubles to refocus public and political attention on nuclear weapons, writes Nikolai Sokov. Unfortunately, instead of provoking calls for their elimination, he thinks that conflicts of this type make owning nuclear weapons seem more attractive. More on «The 'Return' of Nuclear Weapons»


Jordan–Saudi Arabia Borde, courtesy of Jason Jones
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The Saudi Thermidor

18 Dec 2014 Security Watch

Has Saudi Arabia developed a convincing counter-narrative to the messages coming out of Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood and the so-called Islamic State? Frederic Wehrey doesn’t think so. He also worries the Kingdom’s ‘reactive’ foreign policy could incur high costs at home and throughout the Middle East. More on «The Saudi Thermidor»


HMS Repulse in the 1920s
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Look to the Brits for the Keys to a Successful Offset Strategy

17 Dec 2014 Security Watch

What can the US learn from the way Great Britain managed its relative global decline? The answer, according to Steven Wills, is that by undertaking a similarly aggressive self-assessment of its strategic goals and capabilities, Washington will discover that it can still protect its global interests. More on «Look to the Brits for the Keys to a Successful Offset Strategy»