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Russia's Defense Industry: Breakthrough or Breakdown?

6 Mar 2015 Security Watch

Russia’s defense industry is slowly but surely pulling itself out of its post-Soviet doldrums. Today, Richard Weitz outlines 1) the domestic and foreign policy factors that have contributed to its resurgence, and 2) how the Ukraine crisis and Western sanctions might yet derail the progress that has been made. More on «Russia's Defense Industry: Breakthrough or Breakdown?»


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Not the Map You’re Looking For: Nations and Borders are Always Messy

6 Mar 2015 Security Watch

Do the Middle East’s problems have their roots in the artificial states created by European imperialists? Maybe not, says Nick Danforth, especially when you look at the history and cartography of the Balkans and Central Asia, two regions that exemplify different approaches to the problem of ‘national delimitation’. More on «Not the Map You’re Looking For: Nations and Borders are Always Messy»


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The Wolves of Zhurihe: China's OPFOR Comes of Age

5 Mar 2015 Security Watch

In last summer’s Stride 2014 exercises, China’s opposing forces brigade (OPFOR) repeatedly outperformed its regular People’s Liberation Army (PLA) counterparts. That wasn’t a fluke, says Gary Li. The unprecedentedly realistic exercises were designed to shake up a complacent PLA and refocus its attention on winning wars. More on «The Wolves of Zhurihe: China's OPFOR Comes of Age»