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July/Aug 10: Eurasian security arrangements face reality check after Kyrgyzstan crisis

Dr Neil John Melvin

The bloody events in Kyrgyzstan in the summer of 2010 have created a new security situation in Eurasia.

Making a new START in Russian–US nuclear arms control

Shannon N. Kile

Don't open the champagne just yet, but Russia and the United States are tantalizingly close to the finish line in their negotiations on a new nuclear arms reduction treaty to replace the 1991 Treaty on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START Treaty).

Taking stock of international security

Perceptions of threats to security are both individual and shared. Currently, many share concerns about recent developments in Iran and North Korea, while many also see in the new approach of the United States a glimpse of hope.

Taking stock of international security

Dr Bates Gill

Perceptions of threats to security are both individual and shared. Currently, many share concerns about recent developments in Iran and North Korea, while many also see in the new approach of the United States a glimpse of hope.

Afghanistan’s troubled prospects

Tim Foxley

Q: What changes do you see in the coming five years?

China at 60: Still a daunting challenge

Linda Jakobson

The future looked bleak for the Chinese people on 1 October 1989 at the 40th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Organized crime: a growing threat to security

Walter Kemp

On 24 February the UN Security Council will debate the issue of organized crime as a threat to international peace. The issue has also been hot in the G8 and regional organizations like the OSCE and ECOWAS. It is also getting a lot of attention in the media.

Climate change, land and security

Ruben de Koning

As world leaders gather at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this week, the effects of climate change have already created serious security threats in many parts of the developing world.

Jan. 10: Is South America on the brink of an arms race?

Carina Solmirano and Dr Sam Perlo-Freeman

On 15 September 2009 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that Venezuela’s recent arms acquisitions outpaced those of any other country in South America and raised questions about whether an arms race was looming in the region.

Taking stock of international security

Although there have been some hopeful signs, overall the world continues to face continuing and growing challenges to security, stability and peace. Contradictions seem to abound.