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Middle East/North Africa Outlook for 2017 Russia Security

Russia and Iran on the North-South transport corridor: security, control, and power

The global community has their eye on Russia and Iran regarding developments in Syria and the broader Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Why the West needs to re-examine how it helps the Kurdistan Regional Government

The West should use military aid to the KRG to leverage political reform, or risk inadvertently worsening regional security. For the KRG, political reform will strengthen its chances of not only surviving but of flourishing.

Europe Security

Belgium’s evolving terror threat

A year after the deadly terrorist attacks that hit Brussels, Belgium, radicalized Islamist militants continue threaten the country.

Security South and Central Asia Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Tajikistan on track to be the next Afghanistan

Tajikistan, the world’s leading exporter of suicide bombers to ISIS has the potential to become the next terrorist hotspot as a host of factors converge to put the small Central Asian nation at serious risk.

Europe Security

Germany’s security dilemma: Realpolitik rediscovered

Instability from Russia, the U.S. and Middle East is waking Germany from its post-Cold War slumber: it must take more responsibility for its own security.

Asia Pacific Security

Trump wades into the South China Sea

Donald Trump appears disinclined to keep trade and security issues separate. The territorial dispute could send ripples through global markets.

International Security

Forget nuclear: Chemical weapons are the real weapons of mass destruction threat

Chemical weapons are the most widely available weapons of mass destruction and perhaps the least challenging sort to pursue.

Asia Pacific Security

Pakistan’s heightened terror threat reawakens concerns for regional stability

Bombings in Pakistan bring terrorism back to the forefront of the political debate and raise about Pakistan’s ability to respond to the terrorist threat.

International Security Technology and infrastructure

Fighting ISIS on social media won’t stop them from using it

Efforts by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in 2017 are certainly welcomed, but removing ISIS from social media platforms is expected to be a daunting task.

Europe Security

The ongoing terrorism threat and France’s “new normal”

Since January 2015, France has been hit by seven high-profile radical Islamist terrorist attacks that have left more than 235 dead and 380 injured.