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Geopolitics

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Nuclear Apartheid: Trouble Brewing amongst Non-Nuclear States

May 10, 2010 at 12:26 | ISN Security Watch

The credibility of the nuclear non-proliferation regime is at stake as the treaty risks collapsing under structural fissures created by its very birth. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference,…

The Political Cost of Military Bases in Post-Soviet Space

May 09, 2010 at 10:45 | John Daly

Governments with foreign military bases tend to shy away from publicity about their colonial outposts, and recent events in the post-Soviet space shine an unwelcome spotlight on US and Russian…

China Set to Supply Pakistan with Two New Nuclear Reactors

May 08, 2010 at 09:00 | Harsh Pant

As the UN’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference is underway in New York, reports that China is set to allow its state entities to supply two new nuclear reactors…

Somali Pirates Continue to Plague the Horn of Africa

May 07, 2010 at 14:02 | John Daly

The Horn of Africa has become a hotbed of piracy due to outdated maritime laws, the lack of a Somali government and gut-wrenching poverty. Where there is a sea, there…

Israel Irked by Turkey-Syria Military Exercises

May 06, 2010 at 07:52 | Jen Alic

Turkish and Syrian militaries conducted joint drills last week aimed at improving security cooperation on their shared border. The three-day exercises, which began on 28 April, were similar to those…

Gulf Oil Spill Highlights Flaws in Obama’s Government

May 05, 2010 at 13:55 | David Caploe PhD

Ever since he became President, Barack Obama has displayed a disturbingly consistent pattern of behavior: Ignoring the desires of the base that elected him in favor of consistently failed attempts…

Kyrgyzstan Today: The New Administration’s Pressing Problems

May 05, 2010 at 11:09 | John Daly

KYRGYZSTAN TODAY Kyrgyzstan’s interim government, having toppled the corrupt regime of former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in Bishkek on April 7-8, faces many daunting challenges, from the economy gutted by Bakiyev’s…

Nigeria "Back in Business" as Jonathan's US Visit Highlights Renewed Control of the Government

May 04, 2010 at 09:17 | Editorial Dept

The visit to Washington, DC, in April 2010 by Acting Nigerian Pres. Goodluck Jonathan, ostensibly as part of US President Barack Obama's Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) gave Nigeria the opportunity…

Economic Strategy of Turkmenistan

May 03, 2010 at 09:47 | Editorial Dept

In April 2010, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov of Turkmenistan made public his newly released “Economic strategy of Turkmenistan: Relying on the people, for the sake of the people.”  “…The…

Syria Appeals For More Foreign Oil Money Yet Bureaucracy Remains A Questionable Obstacle

Apr 29, 2010 at 11:23 | Fawzia Sheikh

As Syria aggressively courts foreign investors to rescue its dwindling oil and gas sector, government corruption and problems settling disputes remain sticking points for some interested international players. But experts…

Somaliland's Presidential Election Assumes Growing Priority as Major Powers Sense Strategic Urgency of the Horn Situation

Apr 21, 2010 at 19:00 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

Somaliland’s delayed Presidential election is back on track after a period of active foreign interference to manipulate the electoral rolls, and is expected to take place before the end of…

Revolution in Central Asia: Who's Next?

Apr 20, 2010 at 19:00 | Philip H. de Leon

On April 7, 2010 the President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev fled the capital city of Bishkek that was under a state of emergency after antigovernment protesters started clashing with security…

Nazarbayev's Successful Diplomacy in Kyrgyzstan Signals Deeper Strategic Shifts

Apr 19, 2010 at 19:00 | Roger N. McDermott

The recent crisis and instability in Kyrgyzstan, highlighted the fragility of security and the potential weakness of the political systems throughout the region and exposed new dimensions in the conduct…

Moscow Ascending: How Turkey's New Axis With Russia Affects US Interests

Apr 16, 2010 at 19:00 | Gregory R. Copley

We have, in the past year, entered an entirely new dynamic in Eastern Mediterranean and South-East European strategic affairs. We are in a period and a region in which Russia,…

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