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Belarus Sanctions Might Be The Real Deal

Belarus Sanctions Might Be The Real Deal

The US sanctions have certainly…

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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…

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,…

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