This week, our ‘hard power’ Security Watch series asks how the international community should go about addressing concerns over the potential weaponization of space; if terrorists can really develop and make use of “dirty bombs”; if the Advanced Undersea Weapon System will provide the United States with vital asymmetric advantage in future maritime conflicts; if maritime strategy can be used to devise the strategic principles of cyber-warfare; and what is the current state of Russia’s nuclear forces. Then, our second, more wide-ranging feature considers the internal and external factors that are starting to shape the Kosovo crisis; if lessons from the successful resolution of the Bangladesh-India maritime boundary dispute can be applied elsewhere; the social services that Hamas provides to Palestine; how the international community should go about regulating the international arms trade; and how El Salvador's new president might tackle the country's gang problem.

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El Salvador's Gang Problem: the Truth Behind the Truce

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The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History

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Visual Propaganda and Extremism in the Online Environment

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