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Saudi Arabia's Game of Thrones: Muqrin Named Deputy Crown Prince - ISN (2014/7/17)
In March 2014, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah ibn Abdilazīz appointed his half-brother Muqrin as Deputy Crown Prince. This brief discusses the implications of this move for the kingdom. The author argues that by ensuring Murqin's position as king, Abd ...

Russia and Pakistan - ISN (2014/7/17)
This paper advocates for the development of closer relations between Pakistan and Russia. After showing that Russia lacks a cohesive South Asia strategy, the author discusses the security threats Pakistan may face in the coming years and argues that ...

Governance: Linchpin of Dryland Natural Resource Management - ISN (2014/7/17)
This brief illustrates how improved governance, economic and policy incentives are necessary to ensure that dryland forests in Southern Africa are respected for their important role in dryland management and improved livelihoods. The author also pres ...

A New Paradigm: Perspectives on the Changing Mediterranean - ISN (2014/7/17)
This volume contains various articles on regional political and economic integration, economic development, political crises and transitions, as well as migration and other socioeconomic effects of the popular uprisings and civil wars in the Middle E ...

Interregnum: Russia Between Past and Future - ISN (2014/7/17)
This book presents a series of essays focusing on the major trends and developments in Russian politics and society between 2011 and 2014. Among other issues, the topics covered in the book include 1) Russia's constitution, including its problems and ...

Understanding the Islamic State (of Iraq and al-Sham) - ISN (2014/7/17)
This commentary describes the characteristics of the Sunni fundamentalist organization "the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham" (ISIS) and the reasons for its success in early 2014. The author explains that the organization's professionalism, anti-Shi ...

“Do No Harm” and Mine Action - ISN (2014/7/17)
This paper focuses on the links between mine action and environmental protection from the perspective of humanitarian organizations. It examines the potential damage to the environment resulting from mine action activities (which include mine risk ed ...

Documenting Weapons in Situations of Armed Conflict - ISN (2014/7/17)
This paper provides a brief overview of some of the research techniques for investigating the proliferation and misuse of small arms, light weapons, and their associated ammunition in situations of armed conflict. The authors also identify some commo ...

Implementation in Practice: National Points of Contact in the RECSA Region - ISN (2014/7/17)
This brief explores the roles of national points of contact (NPC) designated to help signatory states of the Regional Centre on Small Arms in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and Bordering States (RECSA) to achieve objectives set by interna ...

Statement before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces on the Unmanned Carrier-launched Airborne Surviellance and Strike (UCLASS) - ISN (2014/7/17)
This paper discusses what the US military would require of Unmanned Carrier-launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft if they are to become a potential part of the US Navy’s military capability. More specifically, the author ident ...

Small Wars Journal April 2014 - ISN (2014/7/17)
This journal features articles that address a wide variety of different topics on the nature of conflict, with a particular focus on counter-insurgency and the changing character of warfare. Some of the topics covered in this issue include 1) the ext ...

'Resetting' AU-NATO Relations - ISN (2014/7/17)
This paper analyzes the potential for African Union-NATO cooperation to become a full-fledged partnership. It discusses the misgivings and political differences that emerged after NATO’s 2011 intervention in Libya and reviews diplomatic efforts to ...

China: There, I Said It (Part II) - ISN (2014/7/17)
This paper discusses the need for civilian and military leaders in the US to publically discuss the country’s competitive relationship with China as well as how it is responding to Beijing’s military and strategic goals so that Washington can eff ...

Cyclone Ian Heralds Late Start to Cyclone Season - SPREP (2014/7/17)

US Settlement with Minnesota Coal-fired Utility to Reduce Emissions,Fund Projects to Benefit Environment and Communities (HQ, MN) - Govt. U.S.A. (2014/7/17)
WASHINGTON – In a settlement with the United States, Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company based in Duluth, has agreed to install pollution control technology and meet stringent emission rates to reduce harmful air pollution from the co ...

Identifying Sources: Small-calibre Ammunition in Côte d’Ivoire - ISN (2014/7/17)
This paper presents a profile of the ammunition types that are in circulation in Côte d’Ivoire. The author argues that the types of ammunition the Small Arms Survey has found in the country may indicate that the rebel forces have the financial res ...

Khaan Quest 2014: A Small Exercise with Big Implications - ISN (2014/7/17)
This paper discusses Khaan Quest, a bilateral exercise conducted by the US and Mongolian militaries which serves as forum for Mongolia’s diplomacy and provides peacekeeping training. The author also discusses how China and Russia perceive the exerc ...

South China Sea in China’s Grand Chessboard - ISN (2014/7/17)
This paper discusses China’s strategy in the South China Sea, arguing that it should be understood as part of Beijing’s aim to push the US out of Southeast and Northeast Asia. More specifically, it outlines the approach China is taking to press i ...

Toward a Unified Asian Regional Order - ISN (2014/7/17)
This paper discusses the need for regional institutions in East Asia to help maintain peace and stability in the region and provides an overview of the political, economic, and security challenges which are preventing such institutions from being est ...

Watch This Space: ‘Collective Self-defense,’ Constitutional Reinterpretation, and Japan’s Security Policy - ISN (2014/7/16)
This paper discusses how Japan has interpreted Article 9 of its constitution, which essentially renounces war as Japan's sovereign right and forbids it from threatening or using force to settle international disputes. The author also discusses how in ...

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