This week, our hard power-centered Security Watch (SW) series looks at the decision to use American airpower against the so-called Islamic State; how Algeria’s armed forces are preparing to deal with jihadist threats; the key role Germany is playing in NATO’s strategic reorganization and realignment; the lessons we can learn from the recently concluded 'counterinsurgency eras' in Afghanistan and Iraq; and the implications of the US Air Force test firing a winged, precision aerial mine. Then, in our second, more wide-ranging SW series, we perform an annual ritual – i.e., we present the chapters included in this year’s edition of the CSS’ Strategic Trends publication.

 

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