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Japan's Changing Security Policies: Much Ado About (Almost) Nothing

1 Aug 2014 Security Watch

If Japan re-interprets Article Nine of its Constitution, will it then pursue more forceful foreign and security policies? Not according to Axel Berkofsky. Domestic politics and Tokyo's long-standing partnership with the West will prevent it from jettisoning its traditional emphasis on self-defense. More on «Japan's Changing Security Policies: Much Ado About (Almost) Nothing»


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Refocusing U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East

1 Aug 2014 Security Watch

Should the US retreat from its high profile role in the Middle East? Not according to Josef Braml. Staying engaged will 1) aid the US’ quest for energy independence, 2) facilitate its relations with a troubled Saudi Arabia, and 3) possibly improve its ties with Iran, at the expense of China. More on «Refocusing U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East»


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Exporting Surveillance: A New International Security Issue

31 Jul 2014 Security Watch

Network surveillance systems and intrusion software were recently added to the list of conventional and dual-use technologies that are controlled under the Wassenaar Arrangement. For Tim Maurer and Robert Morgus, however, this is just the first step in regulating the growing export trade in surveillance technology. More on «Exporting Surveillance: A New International Security Issue»