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USS Blue Ridge Sailors conduct port visit in China
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Can Cooler Heads Prevail in U.S.-China Military Relations?

3 Jul 2015 Security Watch

According to Spencer Bakich, it’s time for the United States to review its military strategy towards China, particularly when it comes to the Air-Sea Battle Concept. The latter template, after all, may not help keep the two countries’ disagreements below the threshold of war. More on «Can Cooler Heads Prevail in U.S.-China Military Relations?»


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Will Equals Way: Unconventional Gas in Russia

3 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Why is Russia determined to develop its unconventional gas industry? Zuzanna Nowak and Sonia Boczek cite Moscow’s desire to maintain its strong position among global gas producers and to improve its relations with energy-hungry states such as Japan. More on «Will Equals Way: Unconventional Gas in Russia»


Norwegian Leopard II tank of the Telemark Battalion
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The Decline of Armoured Assets in Western Europe

2 Jul 2015 Security Watch

What risks are Europe’s leading military powers taking by substantially cutting their armored forces? Marco Giulio Barone worries that the decision could hamper future defense coordination and create severe vulnerabilities for the security of the entire continent. More on «The Decline of Armoured Assets in Western Europe»


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Venezuela, Military Generals, and the Cartel of the Suns

2 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Venezuela’s Cartel de Los Soles presents a different kind of challenge than its counterparts in Colombia and Mexico, says Brenda Fiegel. It’s a drug trafficking organization that’s run by high-ranking government officials rather than criminals, which makes it almost impossible to dismantle. More on «Venezuela, Military Generals, and the Cartel of the Suns »