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The Human Terrain System: Clashing Moralities or Rhetorical Dead Horses?

The Human Terrain System: Clashing Moralities or Rhetorical Dead Horses?

Do the military need socio-cultural knowledge in order to complete their missions? Yes. Is this only provided by the HTS? No.

India’s Nuclear Submarine Adventure Begins Anew

India’s Nuclear Submarine Adventure Begins Anew

Not only does a nuclear submarine enhance India’s credibility as a global military power, it is also seen as crucial in cementing the Indian Navy’s blue-water status.

Yemen:  Saleh Has Gone, but His Regime Remains

Yemen: Saleh Has Gone, but His Regime Remains

Ali Abdallah Saleh — who first came to power in North Yemen in 1978 and who has ruled over united Yemen since 1990 — has finally left office and left the country. Appearances, though, may be deceiving.

Chinese Soft Power Starts at Home

Chinese Soft Power Starts at Home

Many Western analysts miss the fact that Chinese soft power is not merely a tool for building international relations. Just as important, its deployment is critical at home within the country as well as abroad. These differences are significant in practice, because they reflect the underlying differences in motivation and in stages of development.

The Hungarian Crisis

The Hungarian Crisis

Twenty years after the transition from a Communist regime, 8 years after the joining the EU, Hungary is in a constitutional crisis.

From Lifting Liberia to Lifting Liberians: Second Term Challenges for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

From Lifting Liberia to Lifting Liberians: Second Term Challenges for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Liberia has come a long way since President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took office. In order to make good on her promise to ‘lift Liberians,’ her approach to leadership must harken back to the people who presented her with a mandate to lead, as well as those who did not.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram: the Anatomy of a Crisis

Nigeria’s Boko Haram: the Anatomy of a Crisis

Nigerians will doubtless find ways to overcome this crisis, but the solution may not lie in counter-violence. It will take remarkable acts of statesmanship to achieve an honourable peace with Boko Haram – it was achieved in 1970 after Nigeria’s bloody civil (‘Biafran’) war. It can be done again.

Terrorism Outlook for 2012

Terrorism Outlook for 2012

The global terrorist threat is diversifying. After embracing al Qaeda tactics and ideology, more local groups seek to emulate al Qaeda. Groups are planning domestic and international operations to cause mass casualties.

Putin And The Challenge Of The ‘Vanguard Of The Bourgeoisie’

Putin And The Challenge Of The ‘Vanguard Of The Bourgeoisie’

Barring some extraordinary developments between now and 4 March, Putin will win the upcoming presidential elections in Russia. So if winning is not the real challenge facing Putin, what is?

Russia Transformed and Putin’s Challenge

Russia Transformed and Putin’s Challenge

How Putin and Medvedev react to the resurrection of civil society and the white revolution will determine the future pattern of political order in Russia

Likud: A Balance Of Historic Ideology and Reality

Likud: A Balance Of Historic Ideology and Reality

As long as Likud’s principles remain uncompromising and Netanyahu holds firm to them there is little that will come of the peace process with the Palestinians.

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