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Key takeaways from U.S Special Ops in Libya and Somalia

The Special Forces raids conducted by the U.S. military over two weeks ago in Libya and Somalia have generated a lot of buzz about the implications they will have for

Asia Pacific Security

Will South China Sea exacerbate Asia’s slowdown?

With rising regional tensions, speculation is rampant as to whether the situation in the South China Sea will hasten Asia’s economic slowdown. The global community has recently been confronted by

Europe Security

Four Years In: Reviewing Catherine Ashton’s Term

The European Union is ‘an Economic Giant, a Political Dwarf, and a Military Worm’. The first part is undeniably true, as the current EU-US negotiations remind us, but have the second two

International Security

How Al Qaeda is Losing the Battle for Hearts and Minds

With the death of Omar Hammami, an Alabama-born Somali militant, Al Qaeda recruitment efforts in the West are a diminishing security threat. On September 12th, Omar Hammami, an Alabama-born al-Shabaab

Middle East/North Africa Security

Libya’s Government and Militias Vie for Power

Almost two years after former Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed, the political situation in the country is not living up to the promise of the revolution. The

Middle East/North Africa Security

Karzai Consolidates Power before 2014 Elections

Following a summer of promising electoral reforms, President Hamid Karzai is now moving to broker peace talks with the Taliban following years of failed attempts. The Taliban were removed from power

Middle East/North Africa Security

Will a Moderate Iran Ease Regional Tensions?

A recent Global Risk Insights post discussed an apparent softening of rhetoric on the part of Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, and foreign minister, Javad Zarif. Whether or not that apparent

Middle East/North Africa Security

Op-Ed: The US Has No Coherent Strategy in Syria

When Congress returns from vacation on September 9th, it will begin to debate an appropriate response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. President Obama warned last year that Syria should

Asia Pacific Security

U.S. Air Force expands Asia Pacific presence

The United States has worked to enhance its military positioning in the Asia-Pacific as part of its strategic “pivot”. Last month, the Saipan Tribune wrote that the U.S. Air Force

Asia Pacific Security

Kaesong Industrial Complex key to Inter-Korea relations

On the 15th of August, talks between North and South Korea reached a deal to reopen Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC), which has been closed since April this year. Operations will