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Putin’s new big nuclear buttons

Putin’s chest-thumping state of the nation address marks the resumption of nuclear rhetoric not seen since the height of the US–USSR confrontation. It demonstrates a clear need for arms-control talks to prevent any new Cold War, writes Mark Fitzpatrick.

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    IISS Cyber Report: 13 to 19 April

    19 April 2018.  US and UK take actions to protect critical infrastructure; UK confirms cyber offensive against Islamic State; industry consortium signs new tech accord.

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    Calculated destabilisation in the DRC

    18 April 2018.  Half-hearted interventions in the DRC crisis could heighten the government’s sense of vulnerability and intensify abuses. Delaying the democratic process might stand a better chance of improving conditions on the ground.

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    India and Pakistan search for stability as elections loom

    16 April 2018.  South Asia's nuclear powers must sidestep political turmoil if they hope to rescue a key bilateral relationship.

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    Russia: war and punishment

    13 April 2018.  Successive punishments on Russia have not curtailed transgressions. To avoid a standoff reminiscent of the Cold War, John Raine considers a strategy centred on weakening Russian capabilities and engaging in dialogue with Putin.

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    IISS Cyber Report: 6 to 12 April

    13 April 2018.  Facebook under fire from authorities and civil society; vigilante hackers target computers in Russia; US takes unprecedented steps to safeguard elections.

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    Western strikes in Syria – five key questions

    12 April 2018.  Analyst Emile Hokayem examines the possible consequences of the Douma chemical attack – including military options, Putin's next moves, and the impact on Israel and Iran. 

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    Tunisia’s reluctant partnership with NATO

    06 April 2018.  Tunisia's mixed signals over NATO cooperation reflect domestic pressures and regional tensions. France may see an opportunity to build influence in its former colony.

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    Mega dam on the Nile shifts regional dynamics

    05 April 2018.  Leaders in Addis Ababa hope the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam can transform the country's fortunes. But the project has caused alarm downriver.

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    State of emergency ends, but the Maldives is still in crisis

    03 April 2018.  Turmoil in the Maldives has seen opposition figures arrested, detained and imprisoned. As the country's ties to China grow ever stronger, Commonwealth leaders have a chance to speak up for human rights and the rule of law.

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    Assessing the JCPOA Procurement Channel

    29 March 2018.  Under the nuclear deal with Iran, a new mechanism was set up to regulate any procurements made by Tehran for its now limited nuclear programme. In a new research paper, Paulina Izewicz takes an in-depth look at the Procurement Channel, as it is known, examining its workings and effectiveness so far, and offers recommendations to policymakers to ensure its sustainability.

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