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Satellite dishes relaying al-Jazeera to different satellites
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Gulf of Secrets: The Evolution of Gulf State Intelligence Services

24 Apr 2015 Security Watch

Why have the Gulf States both professionalized their intelligence services and expanded their capabilities? As Austin Long sees it, three strategic shifts forced the states to act – the rising securitization of terrorism, the fear of US disengagement from the region, and the growing influence of Iran. More on «Gulf of Secrets: The Evolution of Gulf State Intelligence Services»


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Waging Electoral Warfare

Apr 2015 Security Watch

In a world of multiple forms of conflict, is there such a thing as electoral warfare? Marco Montanari believes so. Today, he outlines the concept behind this type of ‘combat’, to include its historical development and organizing principles. More on «Waging Electoral Warfare»


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A Greek Canary in the European Goldmine

23 Apr 2015 Security Watch

Fiscal turmoil has enfeebled the Greek state and empowered dubious actors such as Golden Dawn. Today, John Rapley worries that Northern Europe could be next. Inefficient governments and the increasingly uneven services they provide are starting to appear, as illustrated by Great Britain. More on «A Greek Canary in the European Goldmine»