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The Philippines' South China Sea Memorial: Sailing into the Wind

24 Apr 2014 Security Watch

The Philippines has put its disputed territorial claims before an arbitration tribunal in The Hague. According to Gregory Polin, Manila’s arguments against China’s ‘nine-dash line’ and rival claims are entirely justified. It’s now up to the tribunal to weigh in and convince Beijing of these ‘facts’. More on «The Philippines' South China Sea Memorial: Sailing into the Wind»


NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during a speech, courtesy of NATO/nato.int

NATO on Edge

24 Apr 2014 Security Watch

How can NATO transform itself into a global security alliance and yet respond to the local challenges posed by a resurgent Russia? In anticipation of the Alliance Summit scheduled for next September, Richard Weitz outlines the steps Brussels needs to take if it wants to be ‘dual capable’. More on «NATO on Edge»


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Ethnic Somalis Under Pressure in Kenyan Capital

23 Apr 2014 Security Watch

Kenya claims that its crackdown on its Somali community is in response to a series of explosions that have rocked Nairobi. IRIN reports, however, that local community leaders have a different explanation for what’s happening. They see it as yet another heavy-handed measure that unfairly targets ethnic Somalis. More on «Ethnic Somalis Under Pressure in Kenyan Capital»