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24 28 November 2014

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// Security Watch

This week, our hard power-centered Security Watch (SW) series asks if Pakistan's civilian leaders have reined in the
influence of the country's armed forces; whether tactical nuclear weapons have lost their deterrent value; whether Arab air
power is on the mend; how the EU might enhance defense cooperation among its members; and whether the size of
airborne command and control (C2) platforms matter. Then, in our second, more wide-ranging SW series, we consider
why China and Russia are jointly commemorating the end of WWII; how Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)
can save their faltering peace process; why Kazakhstan is deepening its ties with Europe; how the EU should counter the
security threats posed by climate change; and what the rise and fall of the 18th-19th century Wahhabi-Saudi Emirate can
tell us about the future of the so-called Islamic State.

Pakistan: Ending the Semblance of Civil-Military Cordiality?

24 November 2014

Have Pakistan's civilian politicians finally reined in the influence of the country's armed forces? Far from it, says Siegfried
Wolf. If anything, Islamabad's most recent political turmoil confirms that civil-military relations remain trapped in old
patterns, even if the possibilities of a coup have been reduced. More

WWII Celebration Plans by Putin and Xi to Score Points

24 November 2014

Why are China and Russia jointly planning to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II? Stein
Tnnesson thinks that Beijing and Moscow want to use the celebrations in order to strain US-Japan relations and to warn
Tokyo against continued historical revisionism. More

The Case for Tactical Nuclear Weapons

25 November 2014

Turkey and the PKK: Saving the Peace Process

25 November 2014

What steps do the Turkish government and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) need to take in order to save their troubled
peace process? According to our partners at the ICG, their desired end states need to be more precise, they need to
adopt a more urgent timeline and more. More

The Rise of Arab Air Power

26 November 2014

After decades of irrelevance, are the air forces of the Arab world on the mend? Florence Gaub has no doubts. The
strategic threat posed by Iran has prompted a number of Arab states to overhaul and expand their air arms. More

Kazakhstan's Deepening Ties with Europe

26 November 2014

Will an updated Partnership and Cooperation Agreement enhance Kazakhstan's ties with the European Union? Nicklas
Noring thinks so. However, Brussels will have to upgrade Kazakhstan's status as a 'priority nation' if it hopes to exploit the
relationship's full potential. More

Prioritising European Defence Cooperation

27 November 2014

How can the EU improve its member-states' defense coordination and cooperation? Christine Nissen thinks Brussels
should 1) strengthen the military dimensions of its Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), 2) develop more
common capabilities, and 3) push for greater integration between the EU's fragmented defense markets. More

Climate Change and EU Security - When and How they Intersect

27 November 2014

What steps should the EU take to mitigate the security challenges posed by climate change? At a minimum, Gerald Stang
thinks that it's time for Brussels to look less at climate-related threats from abroad and to consider the ones that exist close
to home. More

Analyzing and Improving Airborne Command and Control

28 November 2014

Is size an important factor in determining the effectiveness of airborne command and control (C2) platforms? Not really,
says Roger Misso. His research suggests that the US Navy's E-2 Hawkeye is just as effective in theater operations as
NATO's and the US Air Force's much larger E-3 AWACS. More

Why ISIS' Forerunners Lost

28 November 2014

The so-called Islamic State is not the only revivalist movement that has forcibly tried to redefine the borders of the Middle
East. Today, Simon Anglim recalls the rise and fall of the Wahhabi-Saudi Emirate of the 18th-19th centuries and ponders
what it can tell us about the long-term future of ISIS. More

// Blog
A Legal Precipice? The DPRK-Uganda Security Relationship
24 November 2014

Should we be surprised that North Korea maintains close diplomatic and security ties with Uganda? Not really, says
Andrea Berger. Bilateral relations between Kampala and Pyongyang are decades old and aren't above challenging the
existing sanctions against Kim Jong-un's regime. More

Can China's Silk Road Vision Coexist with a Eurasian Union?

25 November 2014

Indeed, can Beijing's vision be harmonized with Moscow's plans to expand the Eurasian Economic Union? Chris Rickleton
doesn't think so. If recent actions speak louder than words, then China remains leery of greater economic integration with
Russia. More

Choosing the Next UN Leader Should Not Be Left to Three People

26 November 2014

Edward Mortimer doesn't want the UN General Assembly to appoint Ban Ki-moon's successor. As he sees it, it's time to
introduce a fair and transparent application process that won't be colored by the vested interests of the UN's most
powerful actors. More

Offset 3.0, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Commercial Technology
27 November 2014

How should the US Department of Defense define its next offset strategy? Adam Jay Harrison thinks that the Pentagon
should focus less on building game-changing technological marvels and concentrate more on leveraging commercially
available high technology. More

Handling Cyber Incidents & Cyber Crises: Terminology, Perspective and Attribution
28 November 2014

Why are the public and private sectors still having trouble responding to cyber incidents and even crises? The CSS' Michel
Herzog points to 1) lingering definitional disputes, 2) varying responses to unwanted cyber 'events', and 3) the ability of
cyber emergencies to create 'attribution dilemmas'. More

// Video

US Military and Ethics with General Martin Dempsey

In this video, General Martin Dempsey, who is the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, discusses 1) what historical
insights the US military should apply to its current operations, 2) the role ethics play in today's armed forces, and 3) the
probable future of US intervention policy. More

Iran's Strategic Penetration of Latin America

In this video, Joseph Humire discusses his edited text, "Iran's Strategic Penetration of Latin America," which examines the
inroads Tehran has made in the region and how it might impact US interests there. More

UNSCOM and Disarmament: Lessons Learned with Robert Gallucci

In this video, Robert Gallucci reviews the lessons he learned while working as the Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN
Special Commission (UNSCOM) in Iraq, which oversaw the country's partial disarmament at the end of the first Gulf War
(1991). While recounting his experiences, Gallucci also explores the current problems posed by weapons of mass
destruction. More

// Multimedia Content
Here is a selection of this week's additions to the ISN Digital

Publications More
// Security Challenges in Asia: The Relevance of the European Experience More
// Confidence-Building Measures in Cyberspace More
// Estimating the Cost of Operations Against ISIL More

Videos More
// Building Peace at the Nexus of Organized Crime, Conflict, and Extremism
Data, Big Potential More
Menace of Unreality: How the Kremlin Weaponizes Information, Culture, and Money More

Audio / Podcasts More

// China in Latin America
// What the Ukrainian Conflict Means in the South Caucasus
// John Bellinger Discusses Transatlantic Counter-Terrorism Approaches

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