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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»


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An Inhumane Trade: Partnering against Human Trafficking

5 Mar 2015 Security Watch

Should the private sector play a larger role in fighting human trafficking? Shannon Dick believes so. Not only will its involvement help avoid ‘siloed’ policy responses, it will also encourage a more entrepreneurial approach to identifying and mitigating the worldwide threats posed by traffickers. More on «An Inhumane Trade: Partnering against Human Trafficking»


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Seven Problems with John Kerry's Iranian Nuclear Clock

4 Mar 2015 Security Watch

The US Secretary of State is convinced that the nuclear agreement being hammered out by the P5+1 nations and Iran will extend the latter’s ‘breakout time’ to at least a year. Gary Gambill isn’t so sure. He thinks there are multiple what-ifs that may render Secretary Kerry’s prediction meaningless. More on «Seven Problems with John Kerry's Iranian Nuclear Clock»