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20 Aug 2013
Dangerous Deadlock in Djibouti
Djibouti's recent election was generally seen to be free, fair and open. This judgment, however, has not prevented the opposition from contesting the final outcome, which leads Redie Bereketeab to worry about political instability in an Islamic country that plays host to Western military bases. More on «Dangerous Deadlock in Djibouti»
19 Aug 2013
Prospects for the Delivery of Russian S-300 Systems to Syria: A Real or Virtual Threat?
The delivery of Russian S-300 missiles to Syria will undoubtedly complicate any plans the US and Israel might have to intervene in the conflict. But is Moscow serious? Marcin Andrzej Piotrowski has his doubts. He believes that the proposed transfer is part of a broader Russian disinformation campaign. More on «Prospects for the Delivery of Russian S-300 Systems to Syria: A Real or Virtual Threat? »
16 Aug 2013
Land of Gold
The humanitarian situation in Darfur has recently taken a dramatic turn for the worse. While inter-tribal rivalries are likely to be blamed for the upsurge in violence, Hagar Taha detects the influence of two other factors – the discovery of gold reserves and, yes, the Sudanese government. More on «Land of Gold»
15 Aug 2013
What Future for French Military Interventions?
France traditionally regards military interventions as an essential feature of its strategic posture. Aline Leboeuf warns, however, that stringent budget cuts, doctrinal disagreements and a lack of strategic hindsight may result in the country losing its status as a frontline military power. More on «What Future for French Military Interventions?»
14 Aug 2013
Network-Centric Warfare in Asia
The militaries of the Asia-Pacific region continue to invest heavily in strategic communications systems. According to Gordon Arthur, this all points to one thing – they are getting serious about enhancing their Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) capabilities. More on «Network-Centric Warfare in Asia»
13 Aug 2013
The Great Anatolian Project: Is Water Management a Panacea or Crisis Multiplier for Turkey's Kurds?
Turkey's Southeastern Anatolia Project is scheduled for completion by 2015. Ilektra Tsakalidou predicts that the project will negatively impact Turkey's Kurdish community, especially when it comes to economic development and property rights. More on «The Great Anatolian Project: Is Water Management a Panacea or Crisis Multiplier for Turkey's Kurds?»
12 Aug 2013
The Russian Army - The Priority for Putin's Third Term
Not only has Russia recently conducted its largest unscheduled military exercises since 1991, it has also announced a 63% increase in its defense spending. The message is quite clear, says Andrzej Wilk – rejuvenating the Russian Army is a top political priority for Moscow. More on «The Russian Army - The Priority for Putin's Third Term»
9 Aug 2013
Male War, Male Peace
Women continue to be woefully under-represented in the male-dominated spheres of peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction. But things are gradually changing, writes Marcos Mèndez, thanks to the work of NGOs, the United Nations and the governments of previously war-torn states. More on «Male War, Male Peace»
8 Aug 2013
O Brotherhood, Where Art Thou?
The recent ouster of Mohamed Morsi has cast Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood back into its familiar opposition role. According to the CSS’s Lorenzo Vidino, this fits into a broader regional trend of the Brotherhood failing to deliver on its promises after coming into power. More on «O Brotherhood, Where Art Thou?»
7 Aug 2013
Timor-Leste: A Fragile Peace
The international community may be overly optimistic about the long-term prospects for security and stability in Timor-Leste, warns Loro Horta. A growing gap between rich and poor and a bloated and corrupt bureaucracy are some of the problems that could push the country back towards state failure. More on «Timor-Leste: A Fragile Peace»