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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Before the First Shots Are Fired

In this video, retired US General Anthony Zinni discusses his book, "Before the First Shots are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield,” which prescribes new strategizing and planning options for 21st century militaries. More on «Before the First Shots Are Fired»

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20 Oct 2014 Security Watch

The Rising Terrorist Threat in Tanzania: Domestic Islamist Militancy and Regional Threats

How should the US respond to a growing number of Islamist attacks in Tanzania? Andres LeSage thinks Washington should 1) pay attention to the problem, particularly at the policy level, and 2) commit the intelligence, law enforcement, and strategic communications assets that are needed to help curb the violence. More on «The Rising Terrorist Threat in Tanzania: Domestic Islamist Militancy and Regional Threats»


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20 Oct 2014 Security Watch

The Ukraine-Russia-EU Gas War

Will further talks between Moscow, Kiev and Brussels finally resolve the Russia-Ukraine gas dispute? Szymon Kardaś and others aren’t optimistic. As things currently stand, Russia remains more than capable of manipulating European gas supplies in the months ahead. More on «The Ukraine-Russia-EU Gas War»


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20 Oct 2014ISN Blog

IR and the Future Wars of First-Person Military Shooters

What’s wrong with first-person military shooter games that pit the United States against familiar enemies? Not much, says Johan Högland. While these games might reinforce a sense of global insecurity, they also present viable models for managing present and future crises. More on «IR and the Future Wars of First-Person Military Shooters»


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23 Sep 2014 Publications

Russian Analytical Digest No 155: Science in Russia

Will Russia’s Soviet-style R&D systems be able to flourish in a bourgeoning knowledge economy? Is the reorganization of Russia’s scientific community necessary? Finally, what does it mean to innovate in Russia today? Find out today in the latest edition of “Russian Analytical Digest.” More on «Russian Analytical Digest No 155: Science in Russia»


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