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An elusive stalemate: Israel and Hezbollah along the tri-border
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An elusive stalemate: Israel and Hezbollah along the tri-border

By Sebastian Maier: When the Israeli Air Force on 12 January 2015 allegedly carried out a sortie against a Hezbollah military convoy in the south western Syrian district of Quneitra, news spread quickly that among the victims was a prominent figure of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force special unit, General Allah Dadi. The purported … Continue reading

What does the fall of Ramadi mean for Iraq?
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What does the fall of Ramadi mean for Iraq?

By Victoria Fontan: Dr. Victoria Fontan writes this article from Duhok, Kurdistan. EDITORS NOTE: On May 20, following the publication of this article, the Iraqi government granted conditional entry to Baghdad for IDPs fleeing the violence in Ramadi. However, as of May 22, Sharqia News, Iraqi TV was reporting the bridge had only been opened for 1,000 IDP’s, leaving 5,000 remaining … Continue reading

After Ukraine, Part IV – NATO in Scandinavia: Will Sweden and Finland join up?
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After Ukraine, Part IV – NATO in Scandinavia: Will Sweden and Finland join up?

By Sebastian Åsberg: Following the annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine, an old debate has grown increasingly more heated in Sweden and Finland: should countries join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Having been non-aligned since the 19th century, Sweden – after intense debate – chose not to join NATO following World War … Continue reading

Karachi attack on Shia community calls security operation into question
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Karachi attack on Shia community calls security operation into question

By Zoha Waseem: Forty-five members of a minority community, the Ismailis were gunned down while traveling on a bus carrying sixty people in Karachi on the morning of May 13th. The bus belonged to a not-for-profit, Al-Azhar Garden that provided inexpensive housing and transportation to Ismaili residents of Safoora Goth (a neighbourhood on the outskirts … Continue reading

After Ukraine, Part III – Polish security & Russian aggression: the return of old fears?
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After Ukraine, Part III – Polish security & Russian aggression: the return of old fears?

By Andrzej Kozłowski: A history of difficult relations Polish-Russian history is one of the most complex and difficult among all nations in the world. Polish troops were some of the only troops to have captured and occupied Moscow – in 1610 – and the day of ousting them from the Kremlin is celebrated as a national … Continue reading