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Strategic Consequences Likely from Overthrow of Australian Prime Minister Rudd in Run-Up to General Elections

Jun 25, 2010 at 11:48 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The rapidly-emerging leadership challenge to Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd resulted, in the morning of June 24, 2010, in Mr Rudd refusing to contest the challenge from Deputy Prime Minister…

Kazakhstan Setting the Pace in Caspian Naval Race

Jun 25, 2010 at 08:38 | Joshua Kucera

It may not approach the scale of the great battleship race between Britain and Germany that preceded World War I, but a naval build-up is currently and quietly taking place…

China’s Position Over North Korea Exposes the Hypocrisy of Beijing’s Diplomacy

Jun 23, 2010 at 21:09 | Bonnie Glaser

Historians may well look back at the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan in March 2010 as a turning point in China’s relations with Asia and the wider world.…

Defense and Security in the EU

Jun 23, 2010 at 08:26 | ISN Security Watch

As EU defense ministers prepare for formal meetings within the Foreign Affairs Council, the hope is that this will provide political impetus for the refinement and further development of the…

Notorious Private Military Company Blackwater up for Sale

Jun 22, 2010 at 20:14 | ISN Security Watch

Earlier this month, Xe Services, LLC, the latest re-branded name of the company that was once known as Blackwater Worldwide, announced that the company was up for sale. The announcement…

Iranian Leaders Clampdown on Social Media

Jun 21, 2010 at 23:45 | ISN Security Watch

One year ago, Iran's 'Twitter revolution' made headlines in the western media. Yet in Iran itself, no Twitter revolution was taking place at all. As several opposition members and bloggers…

The "Stans" - Investment Opportunities and Political Pitfalls

Jun 21, 2010 at 14:23 | Claude Salhani

The former Soviet Central Asian republics are at a precarious crossroad today between accomplishing monumental progress, like Kazakhstan, and flirting with disaster and the prospects of civil war, like Kyrgyzstan.

India and China Battle over Sri Lanka

Jun 20, 2010 at 21:17 | Harsh Pant

With the LTTE out of the picture and Sri Lanka growing stronger, India struggles to maintain its relevance in the strategically crucial Indian Ocean nation. But so far, China is…

Moscow Reluctant to Act in Kyrgyzstan Crisis

Jun 19, 2010 at 09:09 | ISN Security Watch

A crisis erupts in a former Soviet state and Russia calls for a multilateral response. Is the Kyrgyz crisis the shape of things to come? Russia has long tried to…

The Growing Nuclear Rivalry in Asia

Jun 18, 2010 at 09:04 | Frank O'Donnell

As China and India enter new stages in nuclear arsenal development, including ICBM capabilities and plans for a nuclear-armed submarine fleet, strategic dialogue is needed to reduce the risk of…

Behind and Beyond The Sinking of The Cheonan

Jun 17, 2010 at 19:34 | OSINT Group

INCIDENT: Thousands rallied in Seoul in early June to protest perceived North Korean threats against their country after the severing of bilateral relations following the sinking of a South Korea…

Deepening Troubles in Kyrgyzstan

Jun 17, 2010 at 08:44 | ISN Security Watch

Not only is southern Kyrgyzstan experiencing a refugee crisis, the region is facing a humanitarian disaster brought on by deepening shortages of food and medical supplies. The normal supply chains…

Oil Found in the Falklands – How will this Affect UK & Argentinean Relations?

Jun 16, 2010 at 13:52 | Peter C. Glover

Two hundred million barrels of oil is a drop in the ocean compared to the reservoir that produced the voluminous gusher of BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It is…

The Israel-Turkey Rift: Is The Future of NATO At Risk?

Jun 15, 2010 at 18:05 | Claude Salhani

If anyone still harbored any doubts that there is an urgent need to resolve the Middle East crisis one needs only look at the events that unfolded two weeks ago…

Trouble Brewing in South America Between Colombia and Venezuela

Jun 15, 2010 at 08:22 | ISN Security Watch

In addition to floundering trade, deteriorating diplomatic ties between Colombia and Venezuela are exacerbating security risks at a fragile border. As rumors of an unlikely war between Colombia and Venezuela…

Resource Starved China Looking to Capital Starved Russia

Jun 14, 2010 at 19:26 | David Caploe PhD

The Kimkan open pit mine in Siberia is a muddy square mile surrounded by birch and cedar forests so vast they seem to stretch to the ends of the earth.…

War in the Middle East: Will Iran’s Nuclear Program Lead to Conflict with Israel

Jun 14, 2010 at 08:37 | ISN Security Watch

Iran is at the centre of a global storm: targeted by new sanctions, suspected by Washington, defended by Brazil and Turkey. But the complex diplomacy around its nuclear programme could…

Did Turkey Declare War on Israel...and the West?

Jun 14, 2010 at 08:10 | Gregory R. Copley

Few could dispute that the Turkish Government has consciously, with great forethought through 2009 and 2010, chosen to push its relationships with Israel, the US, and — essentially — the…

United Nations Approves Economic Sanctions Against Iran

Jun 12, 2010 at 12:39 | RFE/RL staff

The United Nations Security Council approves economic sanctions aimed at punishing Iran over its suspect nuclear program by a 12-2 vote. Twelve members of the Security Council voted "yes," while…

The United States Weakest Link

Jun 12, 2010 at 12:33 | Charles Hugh Smith

Any system, organization or device is only as strong as its weakest component. What are the weakest links in the U.S. culture and economy? The reason why most of the…

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