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    New Strategic Comment

    Eroding democracies in the Balkans

    Although rumours of war in the Balkans are overblown, the region has acquired greater strategic resonance recently, due mainly to Russia's intensifying interest and secondarily to jihadist activity. But the countries' central challenges are the erosion of democracy and poor governance.

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    The other border wall

    Turkey's vast new wall on its border with Syria offers the country some protection from external security threats. But the barrier does not address the challenges posed by many refugees already inside Turkey. Caitlin Vito argues the investment on the border should be mirrored by an equally robust effort to develop effective, long-term refugee policies. 

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    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017

    Asia's premier security summit

    Catch up on the proceedings of our Asia-Pacific security conference, which featured major policy speeches by defence ministers.

  • Asia Dossier 2017

    Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2017

    Definitive guide to Asia-Pacific security

    Our latest Strategic Dossier examines the evolving roles of the US and China in Asia-Pacific security, regional responses to the South China Sea disputes, as well as emerging security questions relating to nuclear weapons, missiles and military cyber capabilities.

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