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Is the Concept of Terrorism Still Useful?

23 Jan 2015 Security Watch

Jarrod Hayes argues that there is nothing analytically distinctive about the tactics, perpetrators and psychology of ‘terrorism.’ As a result, he thinks scholars and policymakers should stop using the term, particularly since it tends to undermine our efforts to tackle political violence. More on «Is the Concept of Terrorism Still Useful?»


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Bringing Space Crisis Stability Down to Earth

22 Jan 2015 Security Watch

Why do the United States and China need to develop a greater understanding of each other’s space capabilities? As James Finch sees it, seemingly provocative actions by either power could exacerbate tensions and stability here on Earth. More on «Bringing Space Crisis Stability Down to Earth »


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Europe and Iran: The Nuclear Dispute and the Syrian Crisis

22 Jan 2015 Security Watch

Relations between Tehran and Brussels remain frustrated by two problems – the Syrian Civil War and Iran’s nuclear ambitions. However, given that the official goals of both sides are similar - a stable Syria and civilian nuclear power for Iran - Gawdat Bahgat remains confident that their differences can be overcome. More on «Europe and Iran: The Nuclear Dispute and the Syrian Crisis»