This week, our hard power-oriented Security Watch (SW) series asks if there is anything new or unique about asymmetric warfare; whether the US will continue to withhold military aid to Egypt; what impact Liu Huaqing had on the modern People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN); whether NATO can pull itself from the brink of strategic obscurity; and why joint action remains an essential feature of modern war. Then, in our second and more wide-ranging SW series, we wonder if Joko Widodo will serve a full term as President of Indonesia; whether it’s appropriate to analogize today’s security problems with those of the past; whether Europe should transform its migration policies; how a UK exit might impact the EU; and whether Russia is in a position to fulfill Japan’s growing energy needs.

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Vladimir Putin and Russia's Increasingly Aggressive Nuclear Threat

In this video, three analysts discuss what Russia's more aggressive foreign policy now means for US nuclear deterrence, existing arms control treaties, and the nuclear-free movement. They also contemplate how the US, NATO and Ukraine should respond to Moscow's recent adventurism in its near-abroad. More on «Vladimir Putin and Russia's Increasingly Aggressive Nuclear Threat»

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31 Oct 2014 Security Watch

Personal Theories of Power: Joint Action

Why is joint action so important to conducting and terminating wars? Rich Ganske thinks it boils down to its ability to blend sequential and cumulative strategies together, and thereby achieve national-level objectives. More on «Personal Theories of Power: Joint Action»


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31 Oct 2014 Security Watch

Shinzo Abe’s Balancing Act with Russia

Will the specter of diplomatic isolation and a desire to contain China’s regional influence spur Russia to meet Japan’s energy needs? Not until they resolve their dispute over the Kuril Islands, writes John Hemmings. More on «Shinzo Abe’s Balancing Act with Russia»


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Drone Strikes in Pakistan: Laser or Blunderbuss?

How effective have unmanned airstrikes been against al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan? Not very, says Jack Serle. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, only 1 in 25 victims typically have proven links to this terrorist group or others. More on «Drone Strikes in Pakistan: Laser or Blunderbuss?»


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8 Oct 2014 Publications

Brazil’s Re-emerging Arms Industry

Can Brazil’s defense industry build on its recent successes and become a greater force in the global marketplace? Not if it goes head-to-head with Western arms producers, argues Richard Bitzinger. What it should do is follow the lead of smaller states and provide high-technology and/or niche products. More on «Brazil’s Re-emerging Arms Industry»


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The Griffith Asia Institute performs interdisciplinary research on economic, socio-political and cultural developments in the Asia-Pacific region. More on «Griffith Asia Institute (GAI)»