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The Islamic State and Turkey's 'Precious Loneliness'

21 Apr 2015 Security Watch

Why has Turkey refused to join the US-led campaign against the so-called Islamic State? Bill Park points to the West’s inability to support the Syrian ‘moderates’ battling the Assad regime. It’s a failure that has played into the hands of the jihadists, or so Turkey’s frustrated leaders believe. More on «The Islamic State and Turkey's 'Precious Loneliness'»


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Mongolia's Choices Matter

21 Apr 2015 Security Watch

Neil Thompson believes that Mongolia, which is resource-rich and relatively democratic, is set to become the bellwether state for 21st century Eurasian politics. That’s because the way Ulan Bator is balancing its ties with Russia and China could provide a model for other Central Asian states to follow. More on «Mongolia's Choices Matter»


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European Defence: About Neighbours and Distant Friends

20 Apr 2015 Security Watch

Geography and history are two reasons why NATO and the EU haven't truly cooperated on defense. As Dick Zandee sees it, the only way to surmount this problem is to cluster familiar and reliable partners into smaller working groups. More on «European Defence: About Neighbours and Distant Friends»