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Countering Radicalism in the North Caucasus

This paper is an abridged version of the proceedings of the PfP Consortium’s Conflict Studies Working Group (CSWG) workshop which took place in Berlin, 7-9 November 2016. The workshop, entitled “Countering Radical Islamism in the North Caucasus” welcomed representatives of Germany, Poland, Romania...

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The Future of Terrorism: The Practitioners’ View

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NATO’s Defense Institution Building and Projecting Stability: Current Priorities and Activities

Emphasizing the interdependence between the security of the Allies and that of their neighborhood, NATO’s “Projecting Stability” agenda constitutes an important step in the organization’s adaptation to the current security environment. Defense Institution Building (DIB) plays a key role in this...

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Defense Institution Building in the U.S. Context

This article aims to provide readers, especially those outside the U.S. Defense establishment, with an overview of U.S. Defense Institution Capacity Building (DIB), including its origins, key developments in the past decade, what it means in the U.S. context, who is responsible for its plan-ning...

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NATO’s Defense Institution Building in the Age of Hybrid Warfare

Defense Institution Building (DIB) plays a crucial role in NATO’s “Projecting Stability” agenda by assisting Partners in developing their defense and security sectors, thereby increasing not only their security, but also that of the Euro-Atlantic region. At the same time, the current security...

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Defense Against Negative Strategic Communications

Strategic messaging is ever more important in the age of explosive social media, and not all information on the Internet is benign. Negative information campaigns were used by Hitler in the Austrian Anschluss, and more recently by Vladimir Putin in the annexation of Crimea and the conflicts in...

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Defense Institution Building from Above? Lessons from the Baltic Experience

Defense institution building seeks to create the means and mechanisms that enable effective capability aggregation within NATO. Can external assistance with DIB help states become suitable NATO members? We discuss the post-Cold War experience of the Baltic States to understand the role of external...

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Ukraine’s Security Sector Reform: Is Ukraine Taking Western Advice?

The ongoing Western support to Ukraine’s security sector reform requires the assessment of the reform success. This article considers whether Ukraine’s reform is achieving effectiveness, efficiency, and democratic governance objectives. The author uses a theoretical framework of complexity theory...

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Reviewing Land Border Dynamics in the Western Hemisphere

The land borders of Latin America have long been stereotyped as tierras de nadie or 'no-man’s lands,' generally located far away from political capitals and industrial centers and ripe for all types of contraband and illegal activities. In modern times, we see the tension between security actors...

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The Intent and Impact of US Sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela

National governments and international bodies like the United Nations (UN) and the European Union impose economic sanctions to force changes in behavior, whether that is through coercion, deterrence, punishment or shame to the countries, entities and individuals that endanger their interests or...

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Central Asia, Asymmetric Warfare, NATO's Energy Security Policy, Missile Defense in Poland, Afghan Security Forces. SPRING 2013

The Spring 2013 issue addresses potential roles of Central Asian states post-2014; the topics of strategic communication; asymmetric warfare as seen by deployed military personnel; the roles of armed forces in civil security, with details on the experience of Italy; NATO's energy security policy...

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Syrian Crisis, US Pivot to Asia, Concept of Sovereignty in the South Caucasus, Bulgaria's Post-Cold War Defense Policy, Key References on Afghanistan. SPRING 2014

The lead article in the Spring 2014 issue of Connections looks into the interplay of incentives and requirements for NATO membership from the point of view of an aspirant country, Georgia. Other papers question the effectiveness of the UN Security Council vis-a-vis the Syrian crisis, the US pivot...

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Emerging Security Challenges. SPRING 2016

Advances in sensors, communications, computing, nano- and bio-technologies, along with new strategies and operational concepts, challenge our policy-making capacity. The Spring 2016 issue of Connections presents the Emerging Security Challenges Working Group of the PfP Consortium and reflections of...

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Currents Winter 2020
Currents: Winter 2020

The Winter 2020 issue of Currents is now available to download. Take a look to learn about what we've been working on, and how we stay connected during the Covid-19 pandemic. CHECK IT OUT

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