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NATO summit: reassurance and effective responses

Events in Ukraine and northern Iraq dramatically increased the significance of NATO's September summit. It marked a turning point for the Alliance, as combat operations in Afghanistan drew to a close and members renewed their commitment to collective defence.

New approaches to Central American organised crime

New security policies to tackle transnational criminal groups are symptomatic of the limitations of local police forces, as well as those of military interventions.

Challenges for India's new government

If the BJP's Narendra Modi is to boost economic growth and investor confidence in India, he will need to reach out to his opponents.

UK aircraft carrier: projecting military power

The July launch of the UK's biggest-ever warship was an important step forward for its aircraft-carrier programme.

Vietnam: maritime spat stirs domestic dissent

New opportunities for political expression have increased the pressure on the Communist Party and state to respond firmly to Beijing's assertive behaviour in the South China Sea.

Iran nuclear talks extended for four more months

Deep differences over the allowable size of Iran's nuclear programme and how long restrictions on it should remain in place proved insurmountable in the latest round of negotiations.

Egypt's economic crisis challenges El-Sisi

Egypt's new president faces daunting challenges as he seeks to bring the country's economy back to health while attempting to restore political stability.

Libya: Muslim Brotherhood’s tenuous hold

Members of Libya's Muslim Brotherhood fear that impending congressional elections could lead to a purge against them similar to that of Egypt. But without elections, Libya seems set for prolonged conflict.