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Category: Policy

The Conflict in Syria and Iraq: A Turkish Perspective

31 Oct Invitation Only Research Event The Conflict in Syria and Iraq: A Turkish Perspective 31 Oct 2014 – 15:30 to 17:00 Chatham House, London International Security Department Participants Dr Onur Oymen, Defence and...

The South Sudanese Civil War: A Witness Account

On December 2013, two years after its independence, South Sudan plunged into civil war. Rooted in a political rivalry between the President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President Riek Machar, the conflict soon...

Shirt-fronting: Why Abbott missed the mark

Was it really necessary for Tony Abbott to promise to ‘shirt-front‘ Vladimir Putin at the upcoming G20 summit in Brisbane? Seasoned public servants often blanch when their political masters make populist remarks about other...

Russian INF Treaty Violations: Assessment and Response

In its latest annual report on arms control compliance (released in July 2014), the State Department formally accused Russia of having violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. read more …read more

Time to start thinking about land-based anti-ship missiles

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has developed an impressive array of land-based anti-ship missile systems, which are part of a robust sea-denial capability. That growing capability is forcing the United States (US) and...

The quintessential character in North Korean productions

As socially critical dramas inundate the television screens in South Korea, three figures are emerging as the quintessential characters: the police, the judge and the chaebol (family members of South Korean multimillionaire conglomerates). These...

Chemical weapons in Iraq

The New York Times has published a story that reports the exposure of 17 American soldiers and seven Iraqi police officers to chemical and nerve agents in Iraq since 2003. The story is important...

The Indian Ocean Rim Association: a progress report

The Indian Ocean littoral region’s resources and economic growth are attracting greater political attention. So it’s surprising there wasn’t more press coverage of last week’s meeting in Perth of the 20 member-states of the...

Cambodia’s Muslims: More orthodox, less integrated

The suggestion that members of Cambodia’s Islamic minority have joined ISIS —a claim vigorously denied by leaders of this community — has briefly focused attention on a religious group in mainland Southeast Asia that...

US Ebola Force Continues To Build in West Africa

Before entering the US Embassy in Monrovia to brief soldiers and reporters on the US military response to the Ebola epidemic, Army Maj. Gen. Daryl Williams washed his hands in chlorine bleach and had...

Qatar and Turkey: How did it go so wrong so fast?

As the Arab Spring got underway, Turkey and Qatar came together on what seemed to be the right side of history. Now, all their regional bets have all but collapsed, after both adopted a...

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