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Strategic Studies Quarterly Vol 8, No 3, Fall 2014 - ISN (2014/11/19)
This issue includes articles on the implications of the reductions that have been made to the US defense budget since the country's financial crisis of 2008. Among other issues, the articles focus on 1) the security challenges posed to the US by its ...

Audiovisual Translation in the Arab World (v 04): Mapping the Field - ISN (2014/11/18)
This paper continues a study that began in 2007 that examines the status quo ofaudiovisual translation in the Arab world. Specifically, it analyzes the challenges of localizing audiovisual translation, and unpacks some of the limitations in both poli ...

Fulufhelo Mukhadi on mainstreaming biodiversity in South Africa - IIED, U.K. (2014/11/18)
Fulufhelo Mukhadi works for the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). He translates scientific knowledge into policy and action by creating tools and information resources, and gives policy advice to inform decisions about land use ...

Q&A: Why is the Green Climate Fund's pledging meeting important?Pa Ousman Jarju, the first Special Climate Envoy to be appointed from a Least Developed Country (Photo: IISD) - IIED, U.K. (2014/11/18)
Camilla Toulmin, Director of IIED, spoke with Pa Ousman Jarju, The Gambia's Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water Resources, and Parks and Wildlife and the first Special Climate Envoy to be appointed from a Least Developed Country, about th ...

Reconciling Japan's Security Policy with Northeast Asian Stability - ISN (2014/11/18)
This commentary discusses the domestic and international reactions to Japan's July 2014 decision to reinterpret Article 9 of its Constitution, permitting Tokyo to use military force to come to the aid of an ally or a country in a close relationship w ...

China's Response to Japan’s Constitutional Reinterpretation - ISN (2014/11/18)
This commentary examines China's negative reaction to Japan's July 2014 reinterpretation of Article 9 of of its Constitution permitting Japan to use military force to come to the aid of an ally or a country in a close relationship with Japan when it ...

Sino-India Border Dispute Best Left Dormant - ISN (2014/11/18)
This commentary discusses the ongoing territorial dispute between China and India in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh and what it reveals about China's intentions and strategic direction. The author contends that although strategic competition is inevita ...

NATO’s Posture after the Wales Summit - ISN (2014/11/18)
This paper argues that the 2014 Ukraine crisis and the September 2014 NATO Summit in Wales was a turning-point for re-energizing the Alliance’s cohesion and commitments to its core security tasks after 20 years of inactivity. The author looks at th ...

Is the European Model Relevant for ASEAN? - ISN (2014/11/18)
This paper examines the integration strategy adopted by the ASEAN countries following the 1997 economic crisis in Asia. The author evaluates how and why ASEAN replicated aspects of the EU model superficially without adopting a meaningful super-nation ...

Will Myanmar’s Military Exit the Political Stage? - ISN (2014/11/18)
This paper argues that despite Myanmar's 2010 transition towards civilian government, the military has retained significant political powers under the country's new constitution. It then discusses the various ways it has done this.

Will divisions in the board delay the Green Climate Fund?A maize farmer near Alauca, Honduras, takes a break from digging irrigation channels. Climate change in the form of higher temperatures and less rain is expected to have a big impact on Central Amer - IIED, U.K. (2014/11/18)
Britain says it will donate'strongly'at this week’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) pledging meeting. But there are arguments within the board on how countries can access and spend the fund. Developed countries are responding to pressure to pledge mon ...

Palau President wins UNEP Champions of the Earth Award - SPREP (2014/11/18)

A New Kind of Partnership: Social Media and Governance in the Modi Era - ISN (2014/11/18)
This paper discusses the possibility of future social media involvement in the implementation of government initiatives in India. The author lists several reasons why a partnership between Facebook and the Modi government could be beneficial. One of ...

Down the Slippery Slope? A Study of Contemporary Dual-use Chemical and Life Science Research Potentially Applicable to Incapacitating Chemical Agent Weapons - ISN (2014/11/18)
Drawing on cases studies from a number of countries, this report explores contemporary research into a range of pharmaceutical chemicals that could potentially be – rightly or wrongly - construed as being linked to the study or development of incap ...

Was the ECB’s Comprehensive Assessment Up to Standard? - ISN (2014/11/18)
This policy brief examines the Comprehensive Assessment (CA) carried out by the European Central Bank (ECB) between November 2013 and October 2014. The author discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the CA and provides a list of recommendations for ...

Governing Uranium in Russia - ISN (2014/11/18)
This paper examines the Russian nuclear industry’s demand for natural uranium, its sources of supply and the legal framework that regulates the use of nuclear materials in Russia. The authors argue that Moscow’s increased presence in the global n ...

Estimating the Cost of Operations Against ISIL - ISN (2014/11/18)
This paper provides an overview of the cost of the US military operation against the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq since June 2014. The author calculates the costs to date and estimates future expenses for a lower-intens ...

Banking Union in EU: Cure-all Drug for Distressed Banks? - ISN (2014/11/18)
This paper provides an overview of the Banking Union (BU), an initiative by the European Union to transfer the responsibility for banking policy from the national to the EU level, that was initiated in 2012 as a response to the 2008 eurozone crisis. ...

The US Shale Revolution and the Arab Gulf States - ISN (2014/11/18)
This paper discusses the implications of shale gas extraction in the US for the Gulf States. The authors particularly focus on how the shale gas boom in the US has provided the country with increased energy security and how this may impact the econom ...

Past the Point of no Return? A Rights-Based Framework for International Engagement in Israel/Palestine - ISN (2014/11/18)
This report examines the international community’s role in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The authors argue that it compensates for breaches in Israel’s obligations as an occupying power, thereby disincentivizing Jerusalem from altering its pr ...

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