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Geopolitics

America and the Jungle of Serpants

Jun 02, 2010 at 07:20 | ISN Security Watch

An official directive that grants the US army expanded counterinsurgency powers reveals Washington’s imprisonment in an exhausted vision of security. An early decision of Bill Clinton after he became president…

Power Struggles in North Korea

Jun 02, 2010 at 05:38 | ISN Security Watch

While dramatic, the torpedoing of a Republic of Korea navy corvette in late March was not unexpected and it may have signalled the rise of Kim Jong-Il's youngest son, Earlier…

Tensions Between Israel and Turkey at Breaking Point

Jun 01, 2010 at 09:28 | Robert Tait

Once the Mideast's key strategic relationship, a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship has tensions between them at the breaking point. Strategic relationship? What strategic relationship? "I don't…

Korean War Games: The Sinking of the Cheonan

May 31, 2010 at 08:10 | Yossef Bodansky

The torpedo fired by a North Korean (DPRK) Yeon-O-class submarine at the ROK Navy Po Hang-class corvette, ROKS Cheonan on the night of March 26, 2010, highlighted the failure of…

Chinese Plans to End US Hegemony in the Pacific

May 31, 2010 at 04:41 | Peter A. Buxbaum

The US is developing an air-sea battle concept to counter China's military buildup. But political problems and budgetary woes could kill the program before it ever gets started. China's People's…

Kyrgyzstan at the Cross-Roads

May 29, 2010 at 05:11 | Uddipan Mukherjee

Not only should Kyrgyzstan's future after the April ousting of the government be a central focus, but the future of the other 'stans' as well When riots broke out in…

Regulation Era – The ‘60s Return

May 28, 2010 at 12:42 | Llewellyn King

The decade of the 1960s stood orthodoxy on its head. It was a time when alternative everything got a hearing. Expertise came into doubt; the phrase “some decisions are too…

Iranian Authorities Intent on Stopping the Opposition from Taking to the Streets

May 28, 2010 at 05:54 | Robert Tait

Political detainees report being stripped naked and forced to stand outside in plunging temperatures during the night; electricity supplies to Kurdish areas are cut to suppress a simmering rebellion over…

An Interview with Hamas Leadership: Problems with the Middle East Peace Process

May 27, 2010 at 12:40 | Open Democracy

Ousama Hamdan used to be the go-between between Hamas and Iran, but for years has been the Hamas leader in Lebanon. He talks about problems with the peace process in…

Russia’s War Games Preparing for Conflict with the East

May 26, 2010 at 17:20 | Simon Saradzhyan

Russia should tackle negative socio-economic and demographic trends in the Far East and Siberia instead of reacting to China's continuing rise if it wants to head off the chances of…

Is North Korea on the Verge of Collapse?

May 25, 2010 at 23:17 | Bonnie Glaser

Despite the posturing of his regime, there are signs that Kim Jong-Il's hold on North Korea may be slipping and international community must be ready. North Korean leader Kim Jong-il…

Peace and Stability in the Balkans

May 24, 2010 at 09:09 | ISN Security Watch

The Istanbul Declaration, signed by Turkey, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, calls for peace and economic development in a bid for regional stability and EU integration. But there are always spoilers. The…

European Single Currency Reaches a Turning Point

May 22, 2010 at 09:32 | Breffni O'Rourke

There have always been doubts about whether the euro could succeed. It presently binds together 16 European Union members, from top world economies like Germany, to stumbling, mismanaged economies like…

NATO Not Learning Lessons in Afghanistan as it prepares for another Military "Triumph"

May 21, 2010 at 16:37 | Open Democracy

We need to break old assumptions if Afghanistan and Pakistan are to be secured. The term “exit strategy” often signifies a tacit admission of basic mistakes committed upon entering a…

Growing Revolutionary Guard Spells Uncertainty For Oil Investors In Iran

May 21, 2010 at 10:36 | Fawzia Sheikh

As the United States edges closer to issuing a fresh round of sanctions against Iran, foreign investors so far unmoved by international pressure will end up doing business with a…

Violence and Fraud Being Injected into the Somaliland Presidential Election Process

May 20, 2010 at 10:50 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The delicate security situation in and around the Horn of Africa by mid-May 2010 began to get dramatically worse, with the potential for major problems for the international sea trade…

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

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

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

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…

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