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INF Inspection of Pershing  Missiles , courtesy of Jose Lopez
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A Looming Crisis of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty: Sources and Consequences

31 Aug 2015 Security Watch

Did Russia violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty (INF) by recently testing a new ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM)? Yury Fedorov believes so. He also thinks it spells bad news for the INF, the strategic rim stretching from the Baltic to the Black Seas, and NATO’s nuclear planning. More on «A Looming Crisis of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty: Sources and Consequences»


Civil Unrest, courtesy of  Daniel X. O'Neil
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How Do Non-Democratic Regimes Claim Legitimacy?

31 Aug 2015 Security Watch

Christian von Soest and Julia Grauvogel believe we need a better sense of how authoritarian regimes manipulate the concept of legitimacy to secure their rule. One option is to use the Regime Legitimation Expert Survey (RLES) and then apply it to the non-democratic regimes that existed in the post-Soviet space from 1991-2010. More on «How Do Non-Democratic Regimes Claim Legitimacy? »


The Grande Mosquée de la Riviéra in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
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Is Côte d’Ivoire Facing Religious Radicalism?

27 Aug 2015 Security Watch

William Assanvo believes so. Given its mixture of Christian Pentecostal movements, competing branches of Islam, a Lebanese diaspora with well-established ties to Hezbollah, and a host of political, military, socio-economic and identity problems, all is not well in this African nation. More on «Is Côte d’Ivoire Facing Religious Radicalism?»


French Mistral shortly after launching in Brest
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Saudi Arabia and Egypt Covet New Assault Ships

26 Aug 2015 Security Watch

Given that its deal with Russia fell through, what should France do with its Mistral assault ships? One possible option, according to Stratfor, is to sell them to the above countries. They apparently hope to create a joint Arab intervention force that will be able to project military power from sea to shore. More on «Saudi Arabia and Egypt Covet New Assault Ships»