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Does Canada Need Submarines?

23 Jul 2014 Security Watch

Michael Byers is absolutely convinced – under no circumstances should the Canadian military invest billions of dollars in a next-generation submarine. If anything, Ottawa should decommission the four Victoria-class submarines it has and replace them with new offshore patrol vessels. More on «Does Canada Need Submarines?»


Succesful Explosion of First Atom Bomb in China
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Gabrielle Hecht on Nuclear Ontologies, De-provincializing the Cold War, and Postcolonial Technopolitics

23 Jul 2014 Security Watch

As a researcher, Gabrielle Hecht studies the unexpected ways in which the world’s ‘nuclear condition’ affects its politics. In this Theory Talk, she further explores what it means for a nation ‘to be nuclear’, why we must ‘de-provincialize’ our analyses of the Cold War, and why it’s important to study technopolitics beyond the OECD level. More on «Gabrielle Hecht on Nuclear Ontologies, De-provincializing the Cold War, and Postcolonial Technopolitics»


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Should the West Work with Assad?

22 Jul 2014 Security Watch

According to Frederick Hof, there are two sides to the controversial “let’s do business with Assad” argument. The first imagines that the Syrian president has won his war, at least in part. The second assumes that the threat posed by ISIS is monstrous enough to warrant working with the Assad regime. More on «Should the West Work with Assad?»