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Geopolitics

India’s Growing Nuclear Capabilities

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:15 | Frank O'Donnell

The Indian announcement last week of the development of a new Agni-II intermediate-range nuclear missile illustrates a growing flexibility in New Delhi’s nuclear force posture. India is entering a new…

Despite Tension Israel and Turkey Continue their Economic relations

Aug 17, 2010 at 10:49 | David Caploe PhD

Israeli business executives here in Istanbul like to point out that most of the angry Turks who protested Israel’s deadly raid on a Turkish-led flotilla to Gaza this past…

Government Mismanagement Under DRC President Kabila Frustrates Foreign Investors

Aug 17, 2010 at 10:40 | Fawzia Sheikh

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been slow to cash in on the continent’s oil rush and may end up forfeiting a lucrative opportunity, a situation some Africa experts blame…

The Two Leaks

Aug 13, 2010 at 09:30 | ISN Security Watch

While Russian media were reporting about the scandalous Wikileaks and predicting the imminent collapse of the coalition in Afghanistan, the leak of classified FSB documents was entirely ignored. The documents…

Iraq: The Conflict Over Power

Aug 10, 2010 at 12:21 | ISN Security Watch

The current political impasse in Iraq is damaging to all parties involved. A UN-sponsored National Salvation Government may be the only way forward. The “Non-Dialogue” dialogue is still going on…

Scepticism Over Stress Testing of European Banks

Aug 09, 2010 at 09:20 | Robert M Cutler

The results of the bank stress test in Europe have been greeted with widespread skepticism; even though financial markets seem calmer, the system is not yet out of the woods.…

Lebanese Officials Expect Phony Evidence in UN Report on Hariri Assassination

Aug 08, 2010 at 14:26 | Wayne Madsen

The Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) is reporting sources in Lebanon are expecting that the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) report on who was responsible for the 2005 remotely-controlled bomb…

An Uncertain Homecoming: BP’s Return To Libya Decades After Gaddafi’s Revolution

Aug 06, 2010 at 08:38 | Fawzia Sheikh

After nearly 40 years, BP is returning to Libya amid widespread controversy about an alleged link to the Lockerbie bomber’s release and fears about a potential oil disaster in the…

A Coup in Saudi Avoided or Iranian Disinformation?

Aug 06, 2010 at 08:28 | Claude Salhani

Did King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia narrowly avoid being overthrown by a close member of his own royal family?  That seems to be a rumor circulating around some political and…

The Enduring Middle East Strategic Framework Begins to Emerge as Iran Surges, and the US Resiles

Aug 04, 2010 at 20:42 | Yossef Bodansky

The lingering impact of August 3, 2010, clash on the Israeli-Lebanese border lies in the greater context of, and wider strategic dynamics in, the Middle East. These aspects were highlighted…

Clash on Israel-Lebanon Border Holds Potential for Strategic Escalation

Aug 03, 2010 at 15:56 | Yossef Bodansky

The August 3, 2010, armed clash along the Israeli-Lebanese border was a significant strategic incident. On Thursday, July 29, 2010, Israel notified UNIFIL that a few Israeli soldiers would be…

Pentagons Afghanistan PR Campaign Wounded as Documents Reveal Growing Taliban Influence

Aug 02, 2010 at 10:46 | John Daly

Like a star shell bursting high above a hotly contested battlefield at midnight, the thousands of documents recently released by Wikileaks have thrown the nine-year war in Afghanistan into stark…

Spies, Lies and Goodbyes – Part 1

Aug 02, 2010 at 10:36 | Claude Salhani

The killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was until recently widely believed to have been perpetrated by the Syrians, or at least on their behalf.  It was the…

Pakistan Defense Reorganization: Positive, Stabilizing Move to Enable Security After a Coalition Withdrawal

Aug 01, 2010 at 10:58 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The extension on July 22, 2010, by Pakistan Prime Minister Raza Yousuf Gilani, of the service of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani by three years was…

Somaliland Predictions Bearing Out: al-Shabaab Terrorist Group Empowered; Ethiopia May React

Jul 30, 2010 at 11:39 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The Republic of Somaliland’s incoming President, Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo, on July 28, 2010, announced his new Cabinet, but the formation of the Government has done little to stem the internecine…

Iraqi Province Cracks Down on Clerics

Jul 30, 2010 at 08:49 | ISN Security Watch

Clerics in Diyala have been warned they can go to jail for delivering sermons that incite violence, a move aimed at calming the troubled Iraqi province – although some fear…

International Community Presses Juba, Khartoum On Sudan Referendum

Jul 28, 2010 at 05:44 | Fawzia Sheikh

The international community is pressuring the Juba and Khartoum governments to speed up preparation for a vote on South Sudan’s future – a decision that will be dominated by the…

Political Instability in Japan and it’s Implications for the US-Japan Alliance

Jul 28, 2010 at 05:38 | ISN Security Watch

The ruling party's inability to gain a single-party majority in the Upper House means that political instability in Tokyo will continue at least until the next election, unlikely to be…

Russians See the East as a Greater Threat Than the West

Jul 28, 2010 at 05:25 | Open Democracy

Many Russians experienced the collapse of the Soviet Union as defeat in a third world war and held Gorbachev responsible. However, a recent Levada Center survey shows attitudes are changing.…

Economic Conflict Between China and the US May Reappear at Any Time

Jul 26, 2010 at 08:57 | Robert M Cutler

Political friction over economic issues between the US and China has faded for the time being, but its sources remain and may reappear at any time. Currency issues have been…

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