All Security Watch stories
17 Apr 2014
Religious Polarization in Middle Eastern Politics
International media coverage of the Middle East continues to underplay two worrying trends, writes Patrick Balbierz. Muslims have become deeply polarized and rifts between religious and secular political parties are threatening the region at a crucial point in its transformation. More on «Religious Polarization in Middle Eastern Politics»
16 Apr 2014
Why Don't Europeans Use NATO and the EU?
Indeed, why are European states increasingly giving short shrift to NATO and EU-driven defense cooperation? The answer is simple, argues Bence Németh – they aren’t satisfied with the possibilities these two organizations now offer. More on «Why Don't Europeans Use NATO and the EU?»
15 Apr 2014
The Forever War? Military Control in Sri Lanka's North
Is the Sri Lankan government finally bowing to international pressure and demilitarizing its most restive and northern province? Not according to the ICG. Colombo’s claim that its security forces are gradually being relieved of their ‘regional reconstruction’ duties is a mere fiction. More on «The Forever War? Military Control in Sri Lanka's North»
14 Apr 2014
Not a New Cold War: Great Game II
Are Russia and the West about to revisit the ritualized competition of the Cold War? Not according to Mark Galeotti. A more useful analogy is the Great Game, that freewheeling 19th century struggle between Great Britain and Russia over Central Asia. More on «Not a New Cold War: Great Game II»
11 Apr 2014
Are the UK and France on the Same Page?
Do London and Paris remain in sync since signing the Lancaster House defense and security treaties of 2010? When it comes to closer cooperation between their armed forces, the answer is yes, says Benoît Gomis. But that hasn't stopped the agreements from being buffeted about by domestic politics. More on «Are the UK and France on the Same Page?»
10 Apr 2014
China's Ambitious African Railways Plan: Reviving Imperial Dreams?
China is committed to rehabilitating the railway infrastructure in some of the most fragile parts of Africa. In doing so, Beijing is reviving the most ambitious projects ever conceived by the continent’s former colonial masters, or so thinks Loro Horta. More on «China's Ambitious African Railways Plan: Reviving Imperial Dreams?»
9 Apr 2014
The Caucasus Emirate: From Anti-Colonialist Roots to Salafi-Jihad
Islamist militants in the North Caucasus previously struggled to free themselves from Moscow’s yoke, but that narrow focus no longer applies. According to Derek Henry Flood, establishing a Salafist emirate is now the core objective for most of the region’s extremists. More on «The Caucasus Emirate: From Anti-Colonialist Roots to Salafi-Jihad»
8 Apr 2014
"Mongolian Foreign Relations Surge Indicates New Activist Agenda for 2014"
Mongolia used 2013 to burnish its foreign policy credentials, particularly when it came to promoting security cooperation across Northeast Asia. So what should we expect for the rest of 2014? Even greater activism in Asia and beyond, says Alicia Campi. More on «"Mongolian Foreign Relations Surge Indicates New Activist Agenda for 2014"»
7 Apr 2014
US Releases New Arms Transfer Policy
The United States’ new arms transfer policy appears to be working at cross-purposes, argues Rachel Stohl. Washington will perform transfers that safeguard its national security, but it’s also prepared to reject requests that might destabilize the broader international order. More on «US Releases New Arms Transfer Policy»
4 Apr 2014
Exporting Security? Questioning Colombian Military Engagement in West Africa
Colombia’s expertise in fighting insurgencies and drug traffickers could be easily exported to West Africa, right? Wrong, says, Mabel González Bustelo. Exporting militarized approaches to any ‘war on drugs’ will most likely lead to failure, as it has in Latin America. More on « Exporting Security? Questioning Colombian Military Engagement in West Africa»