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Averting Crisis in the Spratlys: Towards a Regional Naval Forum

29 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Why should the multiple claimants of the Spratly Islands establish a Regional Naval Forum? Ba Hamzah believes that this mechanism will not only enhance communications and mutual confidence between naval commanders, it might also complement a code of conduct for this disputed territory. More on «Averting Crisis in the Spratlys: Towards a Regional Naval Forum »


Prime Minister Modi and President Obama
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Modi's More Muscular Foreign Policy?

29 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Sumit Ganguly believes that Narendra Modi’s new approach to dealing with Pakistan has three distinct elements – 1) working with India’s other neighbors to put pressure on its rival; 2) responding vigorously to Pakistani ‘provocations’ along their disputed border, and 3) improving trade and commercial ties. See the analysis here. More on «Modi's More Muscular Foreign Policy?»


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The Successes and Failures of Pakistan’s Operation Zarb-e-Azb

28 Jul 2015 Security Watch

According to official reports, Pakistan’s ongoing military campaign against Islamist insurgents in North Waziristan has been a great success. Farhan Zahid isn’t so sure. He’s concerned that Islamabad’s failure to coordinate its activities with Kabul has merely created new militant safe havens in Afghanistan. More on «The Successes and Failures of Pakistan’s Operation Zarb-e-Azb»


Riga, Latvia - Riflemen Monument at the Museum of Occupation
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The Baltic Factor

28 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Why should the Baltic States play a more prominent role in the European Union’s engagement with the former Soviet space? David Erkomaishvili thinks they’re uniquely qualified to counter Moscow’s increasingly negative propaganda about the ‘mistreatment’ of Russian-speaking minorities. More on «The Baltic Factor»