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Risks in Pakistan’s tactical nuclear weapons policy

Recent clarifications in Pakistani nuclear policy confirmed speculations that Islamabad has an alarmingly low threshold for tactical nuclear weapon deployment. Here are the geopolitical risks that emerge from Pakistan’s now

Europe Security

Will NATO trigger a war with Russia?

Heads of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are considering sending 4,000 ground troops in to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia as a response to Russia’s actions in the Crimea

Asia Pacific Security

China divided: Beijing struggles for control

The 60th anniversary of the establishment of the autonomous region of Xinjiang has been saluted by Beijing as a great step toward a stronger national unity. However, rising tensions and

International Security

Three necessary reforms for UN Security Council legitimacy

The recent adoption of a UN General Assembly resolution to begin discussions on UN Security Council reform has revived hopes of progress on a long-pending issue. Reform will need to

Middle East/North Africa Security

Kurdish groups are divided over Russian presence in Syria and Iraq

Russian airstrikes in Syria and military aid efforts in Iraq have placed Kurdish groups in both countries in an awkward position.  As Russia and the U.S. pursue alternate strategies in

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Political stalemate leaves Lebanon in crisis

With a political deadlock causing a 16-month vacancy of the presidential seat, a garbage crisis that has triggered an anti-government movement, and an unprecedented flow of Syrian refugees making up

Middle East/North Africa Security

Russia’s sudden military build-up in Syria

Recent reports suggest a Russian military build-up in Syria as President Vladimir Putin searches for new venues to stoke both domestic and international legitimacy — an expanded foray into the

Europe Security

Politics at stake: The migrant crisis comes to Belgium

As the migrant crisis grows, the Eurozone has called for quotas. How has Belgium responded and what are the political effects for Brussels? On September 8th the European Commission (EC)

Middle East/North Africa Security

The Iranian nuclear deadline: What to expect

This week marks the nominal deadline for the international community and Iran to flesh out a final agreement on the future of Iran’s nuclear program and the removal of international

Middle East/North Africa Security

Will Saudi Arabia join Iran in a nuclear weapons race?

U.S. President Obama is actively pushing for a deal with Iran that would allow it to maintain a limited nuclear programme. America’s allies in the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia,