This week, our hard power-oriented Security Watch (SW) series asks how the US should respond to rising terrorism in Tanzania; what Russia’s recent military exercises tells us about the state of its armed forces; why classic counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine is a poor match for today’s intrastate conflicts; why Russia and the US have deployed more nuclear weapons since the implementation of the New START Treaty; and whether the use of private military and security companies (PMSCs) is a positive development or not. Then, in our second and more wide-ranging series, we consider whether the Russia-Ukraine-EU gas dispute will be resolved soon; how unmanned weapon systems should be managed on the battlefield; what options the Palestinian Authority might pursue in re-engaging with its refugee communities; what the collective response provisions of Article 44 of the Lisbon Treaty entail; and how the Islamic State has impacted the national identity of Iraq’s Kurdish community.

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Dancing with a Wounded Bear: Russia and the West

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24 Oct 2014 Security Watch

The Hazards of Going to War for Profit

Has the growing reliance on private military and security companies (PMSCs) been a good thing? Not according to James Pattison. Among other sins, PMSCs are ineffectively regulated, dubiously selected, potentially unreliable, and an ideal way for policymakers to circumvent constitutional or parliamentary constraints. More on «The Hazards of Going to War for Profit »


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Nationalism under Pressure: Islamic State, Iraq and Kurdistan

Has the Iraqi Kurds’ sense of national identity been strengthened by the emergence of the so-called Islamic State? Not necessarily, says Erlend Paasche. If anything, mounting socio-economic and political tensions inside northern Iraq have been tearing at Kurdish nationalism for the last decade. More on «Nationalism under Pressure: Islamic State, Iraq and Kurdistan »


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The Bildt-Sikorski Effect

Carl Bildt and Radoslaw Sikorski are no longer the Foreign Ministers of Sweden and Poland. Daniel Fiott thinks that’s bad news for the EU. At a time when Europe is facing a crisis on its eastern flank, Brussels can ill afford to lose two of its most experienced statesmen. More on «The Bildt-Sikorski Effect »


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China’s Evolving Stance on Afghanistan

Is China’s growing involvement in Afghanistan’s politics and security a positive development? Not only does Justina Szczudlik-Tatar think so, she also reminds us that the West has been cajoling Beijing to become more involved in the country’s future for quite some time now. More on «China’s Evolving Stance on Afghanistan»


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