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Algerian Su30 flies over Oum El Bouaghi Air Base
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Algeria’s Army: On Jihadist Alert

31 Mar 2015 Security Watch

In the 1990s, the Algerian Army relied on the “Three C’s” (conflict, containment and conciliation) to suppress local terrorism. Florence Gaub believes the Army is about to use an updated version of this approach against today’s jihadist threat, but with a new tactic thrown in – cooperation with partners. More on «Algeria’s Army: On Jihadist Alert»


Vladimir Putin during the EU-Russia Summit, May 2007, courtesy of Bohan Shen_沈伯韩/Flickr
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Putin’s Russia: Exploiting the Weaknesses of Liberal Europe

31 Mar 2015 Security Watch

Jonas Grätz thinks that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine poses a threefold challenge to liberal Europe. To start with, Moscow has already sabotaged the EU’s peaceful attempts to transform its neighborhood. It has the added options, however, of exploiting Brussels’ ‘weak’ economic policies and a growing disinterest in the European project. More on «Putin’s Russia: Exploiting the Weaknesses of Liberal Europe»


Two F22 Raptors and a B2 Spirit bomber fly over the Pacific Ocean
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Airpower-R-US: The Old, New Way of Doing Business?

30 Mar 2015 Security Watch

According to John Kuehn, there’s nothing new about the US’ decision to provide lethal air support to the Syrian and Iraqi forces fighting the so-called Islamic State. In fact, this American practice has its roots as far back as World War II. More on «Airpower-R-US: The Old, New Way of Doing Business?»