This week, our hard power Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the moral justifications behind irregular warfare and why the US’ armed forces need to understand them better; the increased role amphibious operations will play in Australia’s defense; why the US’ targeted killing of terrorists receives lukewarm support; why the UK’s next Strategic Defence and Security Review should prioritize maritime issues; and why UAV counterterrorism operations have radicalizing effects. Then, in our second, more wide-ranging SW series, we look at the EU’s latest bid to keep migration from the Mediterranean region in check; Russia’s latest attempt to become a Euro-Pacific power; the relevance Fernando de Oliveira’s 16th century treatise, “The Art of War at Sea,” has today; why Europe needs to stop viewing Pakistan through Afghan lenses; and how global cooperation might lower the threats posed by nanotechnology.

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Stabilizing the Balkans

In this video, senior political figures from Slovakia, Croatia and Montenegro discuss the stability of the Balkans and its continued relevance for both NATO and the countries within the region. More on «Stabilizing the Balkans»

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16 Sep 2014 Security Watch

Amphibious Operations and the Evolution of Australian Defense Policy

Are amphibious operations set to play an increasingly important role in Australia’s self-defense? Peter Dean thinks so. As he sees it, the inexorable rise of the ‘Asian Century’ and the United States’ pivot toward the Asia-Pacific region will make such operations a necessity rather than a luxury. More on «Amphibious Operations and the Evolution of Australian Defense Policy»


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16 Sep 2014 Security Watch

Russia: a Euro-Pacific Power?

Margarete Klein is convinced that Russia has rejuvenated its political, economic and military status in East Asia. Yet, in the absence of a coherent strategy for the region and close ties with Washington and Tokyo, the prospects of Moscow regaining its great power standing in the area remain slim. More on «Russia: a Euro-Pacific Power?»


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Crescent Over The Thames

Is the Muslim radicalization now occurring in Great Britain and other parts of Europe a by-product of the United States’ military interventions in the Middle East? Not really, says Jonathan Bronitsky. If anything, it has its roots in the unique circumstances of the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia. More on «Crescent Over The Thames»


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USAID & DOD: Analysis and Recommendations to Enhance Development-Military Cooperation

The US government’s primary military & development arms – DoD and USAID – have a rich history of working together to promote America’s security interests. Benjamin Kauffeld reminds us, however, that a number of coordination challenges still exist between these first-tier examples of interagency cooperation. More on «USAID & DOD: Analysis and Recommendations to Enhance Development-Military Cooperation»


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