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Illustration showing a pile of bodies and the flag of the Free Syrian Army
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Should the West Work with Assad?

22 Jul 2014 Security Watch

According to Frederick Hof, there are two sides to the controversial “let’s do business with Assad” argument. The first imagines that the Syrian president has won his war, at least in part. The second assumes that the threat posed by ISIS is monstrous enough to warrant working with the Assad regime. More on «Should the West Work with Assad?»


Friendship Statue in Kiev
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The Ukraine Crisis and the Resumption of Great-Power Rivalry

22 Jul 2014 Security Watch

As Dmitri Trenin sees it, the Ukraine crisis has rekindled a rivalry between the US and Russia that’s already comparable to the 19th century’s Great Game. He also warns that Moscow is trying to offset its increasingly hostile relations with the West by improving its economic and military ties with China. More on «The Ukraine Crisis and the Resumption of Great-Power Rivalry»


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What Threat does Argentina Currently Pose to the Falklands?

21 Jul 2014 Security Watch

Is Argentina militarily strong enough to assault the Falkland Islands anytime soon? Neil Thompson doesn’t think so. But that doesn’t mean that Buenos Aires can’t launch an aggressive ‘lawfare’ campaign to undermine the United Kingdom’s sovereignty over the Islands. More on «What Threat does Argentina Currently Pose to the Falklands?»