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Oil Slips As U.S. Scales Back Confrontation With Russia

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Turkey Delays Breakthrough Gas Agreement with Azerbaijan

Turkey Delays Breakthrough Gas Agreement with Azerbaijan

May 20, 2010 at 07:46 | Shahin Abbasov

In a surprise move, Turkey and Azerbaijan have postponed signing a package agreement on gas issues that had been touted as a strategic breakthrough on gas shipments to Europe. Turkish…

Unholy Alliance in Colombia Poses new Challenges for Government

Unholy Alliance in Colombia Poses new Challenges for Government

May 19, 2010 at 10:37 | ISN Security Watch

With the FARC weakened, Colombia's next president will face a more factionalized internal insurgency, requiring a different strategic approach. As candidates for the presidency of Colombia enter the final campaign…

Venezuela Encourages Orinoco Oil Belt Investment

Venezuela Encourages Orinoco Oil Belt Investment

May 18, 2010 at 12:11 | Southern Pulse

As Venezuela's oil production continues to decline, the Chavez administration has focused on courting international investment to increase production in the Orinoco Belt. Located in the southern portion of the…

The Afghan Problem: Logistics, Re-supply & Growing Violence

The Afghan Problem: Logistics, Re-supply & Growing Violence

May 18, 2010 at 08:43 | John Daly

Recent events highlight both the possibilities and fragility of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) presence in Afghanistan nine years after Operation Enduring Freedom began. There were a number of…

Iran’s Nuclear Gamble

Iran’s Nuclear Gamble

May 16, 2010 at 21:43 | ISN Security Watch

Iran’s nuclear program has dominated world headlines since the revelation of secret facilities in August 2002. Endless negotiations and three rounds of sanctions have followed with no compromise in sight.…

After 30 Years Thatcherism Comes to an End

After 30 Years Thatcherism Comes to an End

May 15, 2010 at 08:51 | ISN Security Watch

This week's creation of a Conservative led coalition with the Liberal Democrats has brought the period associated with Margaret Thatcher after her election in 1979 to an end. The UK…

State Security: A Strategic Partnership between Moscow and the West

State Security: A Strategic Partnership between Moscow and the West

May 13, 2010 at 11:03 | Simon Saradzhyan

Russia, Europe and the US should form a firm alliance against common threats, which, if not addressed together, will grow to pose grave challenges to their security. On 9 May,…

Nigerian Uncertainties Created by Presidential Election Ambition May Hurt Global Energy Markets

Nigerian Uncertainties Created by Presidential Election Ambition May Hurt Global Energy Markets

May 13, 2010 at 08:29 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The apparent decision on May 11, 2010 — discreetly revealed by two Nigerian newspapers the next day — that Nigerian Pres. Dr Goodluck Jonathan would be interested in contesting the…

Piracy In The Puntland Region of Somalia

Piracy In The Puntland Region of Somalia

May 12, 2010 at 11:55 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The Puntland region of Somalia has, in recent years, been increasingly seen as the springboard for piracy against commercial vessels operating in and through the Gulf of Aden at the…

A New Look at National Security: Oil, Fertilizer and Energy Demand

A New Look at National Security: Oil, Fertilizer and Energy Demand

May 11, 2010 at 11:07 | Shaun Waterman

The BP oil spill has released more than four million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico to date, threatening the southern US coast. As congressional hearings begin, the…

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