Category Archives: International

The struggle between regular armed forces and paramilitaries in Iraq, Iran and Syria

by Paul Iddon. Today, in a span of territory stretching from Iran’s frontiers with Afghanistan and Pakistan to Lebanon’s Mediterranean coast are states in which paramilitary forces have formidable power either competing with, or exceeding, the power of regular conventional … Continue reading

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Mehr Geld für die Deutsche Bundeswehr – Goldene Zeiten für die Rüstungsindustrie?

von Björn Müller (Facebook / Twitter). Er ist Journalist in Berlin mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheits- und Geopolitik. Dieser Artikel basiert auf dem Manuskript der NDR-Sendung “Streitkräfte und Strategien” vom 03.06.2017 — der dazugehörige Podcast befindet sich hier. Die Bundeswehr braucht … Continue reading

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Markt-Rundschau: Bodengestützte Luftverteidigung

Die bodengestützte Luftverteidigung (BODLUV) der Schweizer Armee ist in die Jahre gekommen: Die Wirkungshöhe ist mit rund 3’000 m über Boden zu gering, das Gleiche gilt für die Reichweite und auch die Unwirksamkeit gegenüber Lenkflugkörpern sowie Artilleriegeschossen ist heutzutage kaum … Continue reading

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How the United States and Iraq tried, but failed, to disband the Kurdish Peshmerga

by Paul Iddon. Coming Monday, September 25, 2017, the Iraqi Kurds will hold a referendum on the independence of the Iraqi Kurdistan and the adjoining disputed territories (see also Patrick Truffer, “The Kurds in Iraq: Is Their Pursuit of Autonomy … Continue reading

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Operation Barkhane’s Secret to Success

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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Propeller planes instead of fighter jets? Rethinking by the US Air Force!

by Björn Müller (Facebook / Twitter; originally published in German). Björn is journalist in Berlin focusing on security policy and geopolitics. The military is increasingly focused on high-tech weapon systems. There are not only expensive, but also complex and very … Continue reading

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Indonesia’s Construction Activity in Palu Bay

Last year, local press reports revealed that the Indonesian Navy was speeding up the development of a submarine base located in Palu, Central Sulawesi. With Asia’s underwater arms race accelerating, we’ve been monitoring the base’s construction. Indonesia, like many of … Continue reading

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Colombian Counter-Narcotics

by Michael Martelle. Michael is a masters student studying Security Policy at the George Washington University’s Elliott School for International Affairs. International trends in the trade of coca and cocaine have generally been determined by shifts in demand and supply-side … Continue reading

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Assad and the Russians turned their noses up at Raqqa operation

by Paul Iddon. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian backer were extremely dismissive towards the United States-backed operation that is removing Islamic State (ISIS) from the group’s de-facto Syrian capital city Raqqa. At first, in last April he mocked … Continue reading

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Personal Theories of Power: Space Power – Buttress of the Modern Military

This article is part of the Personal Theories of Power series, a joint Bridge–CIMSEC project which asked a group of national security professionals to provide their theory of power and its application. We hope this launches a long and insightful … Continue reading

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