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ISN Security Watch

ISN Security Watch was a geopolitical news publication run by ISN ETH Zurich.

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  • Can Russia And Turkey Bury Their Differences?

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  • Putin’s Plan In The South China Sea

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    Russia’s policies regarding the South China Sea (SCS) dispute are more complex than they might seem. Moscow’s official position presents Russia as an extra-regional actor…

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  • Europe And Iran: The Nuclear Dispute And The Syrian Crisis

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  • How Much Punishment Can Russia’s Oil Industry Take?

    Published 16 January 2015 | viewed 16,250 times

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  • The Economic And Strategic Implications Of Low Oil Prices

    Published 20 November 2014 | viewed 39,591 times

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  • Should Europe Be Concerned About Russia’s Growing Energy Relationship with Asia

    Published 09 October 2014 | viewed 17,013 times

    Should the West worry about Russia’s growing oil and gas exports to the Asia-Pacific region? Michael Bradshaw doesn’t think so. While Vladimir Putin may want…

  • Russia’s Nuclear Revival And Its Challenges

    Published 23 August 2014 | viewed 12,533 times

    Russia is slowly but surely replacing its aging stockpile of Soviet-era nuclear weapons with an arsenal that’s fit-for-purpose in the 21st century. Richard Weitz reminds…

  • Ten Trends that will Effect Asia in 2014

    Published 23 January 2014 | viewed 12,996 times

    According to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Asia could be in for a turbulent 2014. Today, Evan Feigenbaum outlines the ten key factors –…

  • The Fracking Revolution: Promise and Perils

    Published 13 January 2014 | viewed 15,822 times

    Despite significant media attention and market interest, hydraulic fracturing could fail to live up to its hype. As Giacomo Luciani argues, the geology and engineering…

  • European Energy Security and the Quiet Close to the Pipeline Opera

    Published 02 January 2014 | viewed 8,613 times

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  • Iran’s Looming Energy Crisis

    Published 16 November 2013 | viewed 15,644 times

    The United States has established beyond any doubt that Iran is facing a looming energy crisis that threatens to transform the country into a net…

  • Syrian Rebel Groups Vie for Saudi Funding and Weapons

    Published 07 November 2013 | viewed 16,147 times

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  • Turkey Strengthens its Links with China, Japan, and South Korea

    Published 31 October 2013 | viewed 11,208 times

    Northeast Asia’s three leading economies all see the geopolitical benefits of aligning themselves more closely with Turkey. Ankara is happy to reciprocate, argues Selcuk Colakoglu,…

  • The Real Reason Behind China’s Military Expansion

    Published 03 October 2013 | viewed 19,674 times

    Many in the West view China's rapid military expansion as a growing threat to global and regional security. In fact, nothing could be further from…

  • Shale Gas is Not a Saviour, it is a Thorn in Renewable Energy’s Side

    Published 20 September 2013 | viewed 19,275 times

    Many policymakers hope that shale oil and gas production will lead to greater energy independence. Deepak Gopinath isn’t so sure. He thinks that fracking is…

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