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Pro-Morsi Protesters and Muslim Brotherhood Militias, courtesy of Moud Barthez /flickr
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Religious Polarization in Middle Eastern Politics

17 Apr 2014 Security Watch

International media coverage of the Middle East continues to underplay two worrying trends, writes Patrick Balbierz. Muslims have become deeply polarized and rifts between religious and secular political parties are threatening the region at a crucial point in its transformation. More on «Religious Polarization in Middle Eastern Politics»


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Why Don't Europeans Use NATO and the EU?

16 Apr 2014 Security Watch

Indeed, why are European states increasingly giving short shrift to NATO and EU-driven defense cooperation? The answer is simple, argues Bence Németh – they aren’t satisfied with the possibilities these two organizations now offer. More on «Why Don't Europeans Use NATO and the EU?»


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The Forever War? Military Control in Sri Lanka's North

15 Apr 2014 Security Watch

Is the Sri Lankan government finally bowing to international pressure and demilitarizing its most restive and northern province? Not according to the ICG. Colombo’s claim that its security forces are gradually being relieved of their ‘regional reconstruction’ duties is a mere fiction. More on «The Forever War? Military Control in Sri Lanka's North»