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Portrait of a Libyan rebel commander
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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? »


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What can Iraq’s Fight over the Mosul Dam Tell Us about Water Security?

29 Aug 2014 Security Watch

Does the ongoing struggle between ISIS, the Iraqi government and Kurdish fighters qualify as a ‘water war’? Not exactly, argue Cameron Harrington and Schuyler Null. Water remains a key security variable in the region, but calling clashes over resources such as the Mosul Dam a water war is misleading. More on «What can Iraq’s Fight over the Mosul Dam Tell Us about Water Security?»


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Swiss Foreign Fighters Active in Syria

28 Aug 2014 Security Watch

To what extent are Swiss-based jihadists active in Syria? Proportionately speaking, Daniel Glaus and Lorenzo Vidino’s analysis finds that a large number of citizens or residents have joined the fight. It’s also a problem that the authorities might be powerless to stop. More on «Swiss Foreign Fighters Active in Syria»