This week, our hard power-centered Security Watch (SW) series examines the dangers of providing further US military aid to Nigeria; the current and future status of the Ukraine conflict; the strategic narrative currently being employed by the so-called Islamic State; the decline of armored assets in Western Europe; and the need for a thorough review of the US’ military strategy towards China. Then, in our second, more wide-ranging SW series, we look at Pakistan’s unwillingness to support the Saudi Arabian-led military campaign in Yemen; the UN’s fight against political radicalization, especially among the young; the need to establish new forms of engagement with North Korea; the unique nature of Venezuela’s Cartel de Los Soles; and the reasons behind Russia’s determination to develop its unconventional gas industry.

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Modernizing Army Acquisition

In this video, Heidi Shyu focuses on the problems associated with modernizing the US Army's acquisition processes. Among other issues, she zeros in on the need to streamline the “mountain of documentation and oversight” that’s presently required within the US defense acquisition system. More on «Modernizing Army Acquisition »

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3 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Can Cooler Heads Prevail in U.S.-China Military Relations?

According to Spencer Bakich, it’s time for the United States to review its military strategy towards China, particularly when it comes to the Air-Sea Battle Concept. The latter template may not help keep the two countries’ disagreements below the threshold of war. More on «Can Cooler Heads Prevail in U.S.-China Military Relations?»


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3 Jul 2015 Security Watch

Will Equals Way: Unconventional Gas in Russia

Why is Russia determined to develop its unconventional gas industry? Zuzanna Nowak and Sonia Boczek cite Moscow’s desire to maintain its strong position among global gas producers and to improve its relations with energy-hungry states such as Japan. More on «Will Equals Way: Unconventional Gas in Russia»


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3 Jul 2015ISN Blog

Why Term Limits Matter for Africa

Joseph Siegle thinks that Pierre Nkurunziza’s attempts to extend his tenure as President of Burundi reflect a wider battle over governance norms in sub-Saharan Africa. To safeguard the future of the rule of law in the region, Siegel thinks external interventions – whether by the AU or the West – are both needed and likely. More on «Why Term Limits Matter for Africa»


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9 Jun 2015 Publications

2016 NATO Summit on Strategic Adaptation

Why should Poland push for its “Warsaw Initiative on Strategic Adaptation” at next year’s NATO Summit? Wojciech Lorenz points to the concerns the country’s leaders have over the Alliance’s current Readiness Action Plan (RAP), which they don’t think can deter a Russian conventional surprise attack on NATO’s eastern flank. More on «2016 NATO Summit on Strategic Adaptation»


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1 Jun 2015 Audio

Small Arms Survey 2015: Weapons and the World - Part 1

In today’s audio presentation, Khristopher Carlson and Glenn McDonald highlight the contents of "The Small Arms Survey 2015." The topics covered include elephant and rhino poaching in Africa, the growing militarization of resource extraction sites, the UN's recent progress in regulating small arms and light weapons transfers, etc. More on «Small Arms Survey 2015: Weapons and the World - Part 1»


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