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Two F22 Raptors and a B2 Spirit bomber fly over the Pacific Ocean
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Airpower-R-US: The Old, New Way of Doing Business?

30 Mar 2015 Security Watch

According to John Kuehn, there’s nothing new about the US’ decision to provide lethal air support to the Syrian and Iraqi forces fighting the so-called Islamic State. In fact, this American practice has its roots as far back as World War II. More on «Airpower-R-US: The Old, New Way of Doing Business?»


Explosion in Syria, courtesy of  Jordi Bernabeu Farrús
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The Middle East’s Thirty Years’ War?

30 Mar 2015 Security Watch

Is the Middle East on the verge of falling into a catastrophic regional conflict? The CSS’ Martin Zapfe thinks so. As he sees it, there’s more than just the stability of the region at stake – the very concept of the nation-state is at risk in the Arab world. More on «The Middle East’s Thirty Years’ War?»


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Are Nuclear Weapons Worth the Cost?

27 Mar 2015 Security Watch

Is it wasteful for the United States to spend $348 billion on its nuclear forces over the next decade, as the Congressional Budget Office predicts? John Klein isn’t convinced. He argues that a robust nuclear arsenal is essential for international stability and therefore worth the high cost. More on «Are Nuclear Weapons Worth the Cost?»