This week, our hard power-centered Security Watch (SW) series wonders whether the US should begin maintaining freedom of the skies, just as it has long maintained freedom of the high seas; what lessons South American troops have learned by participating in international peacekeeping operations; why Mombasa is on the frontline of Kenya’s war on terror; whether amendments to the Wassenaar Agreement will help regulate the global trade in surveillance technology; and if Japan’s reinterpretation of its constitution will lead to more assertive foreign and security policies. Then, in our second, more wide-ranging SW series, we ask whether or not we should worry if Guinea-Bissau has become Africa’s first narco-state; how the EU can develop effective and recognizable exit strategies for its CSDP activities; who is ISIS’s scholar-in-arms; who might eventually replace Islam Karimov as the President of Uzbekistan; and why it’s in the United States’ interests to remain a key player in Middle Eastern politics and security.

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30 Jul 2014 Security Watch

Assessing Mombasa’s Credentials as a Battleground in Kenya’s War on Terror

What explains Mombasa’s status as a critical battleground in Kenya’s war against terrorism? The answer, according to Herman Butime, lies between the role the city plays in linking regional secessionist and religious tensions together, and the contradictions fueling Jihadist activity in East Africa and beyond. More on «Assessing Mombasa’s Credentials as a Battleground in Kenya’s War on Terror »


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30 Jul 2014 Security Watch

The Caliphate’s Scholar-in-Arms

With ‘old guard’ Jihadi intellectuals unanimously opposed to ISIS’s ambitions in Iraq and beyond, it’s fallen to a new generation of ideologues to trumpet the organization’s virtues. The most prominent, according to Cole Bunzel, is Turki al-Bin‘ali, a Bahraini who has been the ideological lodestar for ISIS since early 2013. More on «The Caliphate’s Scholar-in-Arms»


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On Korean Peninsula, Focus Should Be on Unification Not Provocation: Q&A with Sue Terry

Sue Terry thinks it’s time for North and South Korea to revisit the idea of reunification. In today’s question and answer session, she explains why the primary stakeholders in the region need to stop focusing on reunification’s negatives – its economic and cultural costs, for example – and start thinking about its positives. More on «On Korean Peninsula, Focus Should Be on Unification Not Provocation: Q&A with Sue Terry »


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21 Jul 2014 Publications

Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit: Reducing the National Security Risks of America’s Cyber Dependencies

While cyber systems are now integral to US national security, their growing complexity makes them highly vulnerable to exploitation and attack. Today, Richard Danzig highlights nine ways to help redress this ‘cybersecurity paradox’. More on «Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit: Reducing the National Security Risks of America’s Cyber Dependencies»


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