This week, our hard power-centered Security Watch (SW) series asks if Pakistan’s civilian leaders have reined in the influence of the country’s armed forces; whether tactical nuclear weapons have lost their deterrent value; whether Arab air power is on the mend; how the EU might enhance defense cooperation among its members; and whether the size of airborne command and control (C2) platforms matter. Then, in our second, more wide-ranging SW series, we consider why China and Russia are jointly commemorating the end of WWII; how Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) can save their faltering peace process; why Kazakhstan is deepening its ties with Europe; how the EU should counter the security threats posed by climate change; and what the rise and fall of the 18th-19th century Wahhabi-Saudi Emirate can tell us about the future of the so-called Islamic State.

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