This week, our hard power-centered Security Watch (SW) series focuses on why South Korea needs to deploy THAAD missile defense systems; why the US and India are thinking of co-developing the latter’s next-generation aircraft carrier; what connects the Cold War and the current sanctions regime against Russia; what are the necessary components of a hybrid European security policy; and whether war is really on the decline or not. Then, in our second, more wide-ranging SW series, we look at how the EU plans to blunt the seaborne smuggling of migrants; how Algeria plans to exploit its shale gas reserves; what are the strategic implications of the P5+1’s nuclear deal with Iran; how religion impacts negotiated settlements; and what are the security implications of new mapping technologies.

 

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The Utility of Chemical Weapons

In this video, Stratfor's Ben Sheen and Paul Floyd discuss the history and disputed effectiveness of chemical weapons since their large-scale introduction in World War I. More on «The Utility of Chemical Weapons»

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5 May 2015 Security Watch

Making Waves: Aiding India's Next-Generation Aircraft Carrier

If the US and India co-develop the latter’s next-generation aircraft carrier, what goal must they accomplish? According to Ashley Tellis, Washington and New Delhi must deliver an end product that increases the Indian Navy’s strategic leverage over its Chinese rival. More on «Making Waves: Aiding India's Next-Generation Aircraft Carrier»


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5 May 2015 Security Watch

Algeria's Shale Gas Experiment

Algeria hopes that by exploiting its shale reserves it will be able to offset its declining oil revenues and energy production. Carole Nakhle warns, however, that all too familiar institutional obstacles might stand in the way of this income-generating scheme. More on «Algeria's Shale Gas Experiment»


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5 May 2015ISN Blog

Is China Planning To Build More Missile Submarines?

If China increases the number of it nuclear-armed submarines, writes Hans Kristensen, not only will the sea-based portion of its nuclear arsenal grow, but worse yet, Beijing will become the only NPT member that’s actively expanding its nuclear capabilities. More on «Is China Planning To Build More Missile Submarines?»


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Apr 2015 Publications

The Design and Architecture of Peace Processes: Lessons Learned in the Wake of Crises

Peace processes often experience the type of crises that require negotiators to overhaul their entire approach. Today, Vicenç Fisas looks back at three decades’ worth of negotiations to identify the conditions that are needed to (re)start peace discussions & then keep them formally on track. More on «The Design and Architecture of Peace Processes: Lessons Learned in the Wake of Crises»


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17 Apr 2015 Audio

China's Vision for a More Prosperous Asia-Pacific Region

How is China using initiatives such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to influence the global financial system and also facilitate economic growth in Asia? Find out in this audio presentation with China's Vice Minister of Finance, Zhu Guangyao. More on «China's Vision for a More Prosperous Asia-Pacific Region»


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The three-part charter of the NATO Defense College (NDC) is to 1) enhance the effectiveness and cohesion of the NATO Alliance, 2) foster strategic-level thinking on political and military issues, and 3) function as a major center of security-oriented... More on «NATO Defense College (NDC)»