NATO’s Rasmussen: Zero option for Afghanistan not preferred option, but military is planning for all eventualities

And President Barack Obama orders Pentagon to prepare for complete withdrawal.

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How to become Al-Qaeda

What is Al-Qaeda and what is not Al-Qaeda? As we have seen in case of ISIS something also can be Al-Qaeda and can lose Al-Qaeda brand later. Katherine Zimmerman of AEI writes that Al-Qaeda’s leadership regulates the use of its name and resources. So how to become Al-Qaeda, what are the core conditions for using Al-Qaeda’s name and resources? Read few comments.

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Sochi Olympics security: Behind and beyond the ring of steel

There is a focus on the so called ring of steel in Sochi. We haven’t heard much e. g. about arresting some people ahead of the Olympics. So how would you shortly evaluate the Russian security tactics and strategy? Is the ring steel first of all a deterrence tool? Read few comments.

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NSA revelations: What is the biggest surprise

According to NY Times report the NSA has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world. If you quickly look back at all the revelation related to Snowden what was, let’s say, the biggest surprise for you, and why? I mean especially from the technological point of view, not from the political like spying on Merkel etc. Read few comments.

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Mexican vigilantes: Part of the problem or part of the solution

As clashes between vigilante groups and a drugs cartel continues the Mexican government has announced that federal troops will take over security in Michoacan.

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U.S. National Intelligence Estimate: Gloomy Afghanistan’s future?

According to WaPo’s report a new American intelligence assessment on the Afghan war predicts that the gains the United States and its allies have made during the past three years are likely to have been significantly eroded by 2017 if Washington and Kabul don’t sign a security pact that would keep an international military contingent there beyond 2014.

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South Sudan: What to do

US sends envoy to South Sudan and the African Union called for truce. But do the outside powers have any leverages on the actors of the current conflict or perhaps not very much, and why? In general, what could be done to find a political solution? Read few comments.

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EUCO on CSDP: No big deal?

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Russia is aware of a intelligence cooperation between Sweden and the major Western powers

According to documents from Edward Snowden reviewed by Sveriges Television Sweden helps NSA in spying on Russia.

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Is the region in need of new security structures with China’s ADIZ?

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