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Trust and Realpolitik: The OSCE in 2016

18 Jan 2016 Security Watch

As the chair of the OSCE in 2016, what should Germany do to facilitate the organization's near-term effectiveness? According to Petri Hakkarainen and Christian Nünlist, Berlin needs to focus on rebuilding internal trust and confidence; simultaneously maintain external unity within NATO and the EU; and promote inclusive Track 2 diplomacy. More on «Trust and Realpolitik: The OSCE in 2016»


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The Syrian Civil War and its Consequences for Hezbollah

18 Jan 2016 Security Watch

According to Benedetta Berti, Hezbollah’s participation in the Syrian Civil War has been “highly consequential” for the group. Its involvement has redefined its relations with traditional allies; partially altered its strategic calculus with old foes; and pushed it towards what may turn out to be a debilitating future. More on «The Syrian Civil War and its Consequences for Hezbollah»


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The Rise of Buddhist-Muslim Conflict in Asia and Possibilities for Transformation

15 Jan 2016 Security Watch

Things aren’t going well for Muslim minorities in Buddhist societies. Indeed, laws restricting religious conversion, missionary activities, and interfaith marriage are proliferating. To avoid imminent violence and future radicalization, Iselin Frydenlund thinks it’s high time to pursue “religious peacebuilding.” More on «The Rise of Buddhist-Muslim Conflict in Asia and Possibilities for Transformation»


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The Seven Deadly Sins of Russia Analysis

15 Jan 2016 Security Watch

Because the policymakers and experts who deal with Russia work in a high tempo environment, it’s possible to learn lessons that are not true. Today, Michael Kofman explores seven of them, including the belief that the Russian state is too brittle to sustain aggressive foreign involvements or military operations for very long. More on «The Seven Deadly Sins of Russia Analysis»