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Defending the Island: Kurdistan’s Dunkirk and the Fate of a Free Middle East

1 Sep 2014 Security Watch

What are the West’s principal security objectives in the Middle East? For David Danelo, the two-part answer is simple – destroy the Islamic State, which poses an “irreconcilable threat to humanity,” and sustain a stable Kurdistan, which is critical to accomplishing the first objective. More on «Defending the Island: Kurdistan’s Dunkirk and the Fate of a Free Middle East»


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Patriarch Kirill’s Game over Ukraine

1 Sep 2014 Security Watch

How has Vladimir Putin’s bellicose foreign policy affected the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine? Rather badly, says Katarzyna Jarzyńska. The church’s prestige and influence has nosedived, which means that Moscow has lost one of its most powerful ideological tools to control its near-abroad. More on «Patriarch Kirill’s Game over Ukraine »


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Is the World Falling Apart?

29 Aug 2014 Security Watch

Is the level of turmoil engulfing the world today both unprecedented and unique? In today’s question and answer session, Thomas Carothers and others look at the globe’s geopolitical hotspots in order to determine whether our world is indeed falling apart. More on «Is the World Falling Apart? »