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The 10 Best Articles on International Security Issues this week

The following is a new feature from ISIS Europe. Each week we will provide a collection of 10 must reads from around the web on issues pertaining to international security. Simply click the article title to open a new tab.

This week’s top 10 (in alphabetical order) are:

Art as Espionage in Cold War America by Julia Tatiana Bailey

Blogs of War

How artists were “recast as messengers of ideological dogma” during the Cold War, and subsequently disenfranchised due to anti-communist agendas.


India: Jostling for Geopolitical Control in Afghanistan by Shazad Ali

International Relations and Security Network

An analysis of India’s political and economic interests in Afghanistan and how they could be a key player once US/NATO troops withdraw.


Japan’s Pu and the Cookie Problem by Jeffrey Lewis

Arms Control Wonk

No one cared that Japan was storing “more than 300 kilograms of plutonium and other fissile material,” until they returned it.


Missing in Inaction: Where is the the African Peace and Security Architecture? by David Chuter

E-International Relations

ISIS governing board member (we had to put one of our own in here) David Chuter argues that “the APSA is incapable of resolving crises such as those currently happening in the Sahel, because it is based on a series of assumptions which are not only false in Africa, but false everywhere.”




New deal for fragile states needs time and political commitments to flourish by Helder da Costa

The Guardian

The General Secretary of the G7 examines the new deal for countries emerging from or at risk of conflict, signed in 2011, and criticizes its implementation.


One Documentary Later, Rumsfeld’s Inner World Remains ‘Unknown’ by National Public Radio

National Public Radio

An audio interview with famed filmmaker Errol Morris (The Fog of War) who attempted to take Donald Rumsfeld to task on Iraq and Afghanistan the same way he did Robert McNamara on Vietnam.


Religious Hostilities Reach Six-Year High by Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center

A comprehensive study on the increasingly troubling landscape of religious warfare.


Syria’s War Economy by Jihad Yazigi

European Council on Foreign Relations

Western sanctions on Syria have contributed to new activities of economy and business that feeds off of the violence.


The Muslim Brotherhood’s Possible Future by Caitlin McFall

International Security Observer

What lies ahead for the ousted group, political integration or extremism?


Why Ukraine’s Far-Right Nationalists Can Profit from continued Political Discontent by Ben Mather

Freedom Observatory

How the crisis in Ukraine is opening doors for political integration of right-wing Neo-Nazi groups.


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