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The 10 Best Articles on International Security Issues this week

Each week we 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:

10 years after the ‘EU Big Bang Expansion’ and 15 years after Bologna: insights from the former Yugoslavia by Martina Vukasovic

Ideas on Europe

A review of the Europeanization of the former Yugoslavia.


A Soldier’s War on Pain by Barry Meier

The New York Times

Veterans were, and still are, being treated for post-war pain by opioids, causing crippling addiction.


China Abandons Small-Stick Diplomacy? by James R. Holmes

The Diplomat

China’s recent foray with Vietnam shows them bring out their big guns.


Everything You Need to Know About Boko Haram, the Group Kidnapping Nigerian Girls by Alexandra Hartmann


The news that has been lead to widespread condemnation and social media campaigns gets an in-depth analysis from PolicyMic.


Finland Builds Multiple Defense Partnerships With NATO, Sweden by Gerard O’Dwyer

Defense News

The recent actions of Russia has Finland rushing to form key defense allies.


Greek ‘neo-Nazis’ poised for success in European Elections report by Gavin Hewitt


EU austerity measures reap further consequences as rise in support of radical parties significantly increases.


Target CEO Exit Highlights Business Side Of Security by Fahmida Y. Rashid

Security Week

Boardroom oversight on Cyber Security has been minimal in the past. But after Target suffered a data breach, it fired a warning sign that the status quo has to change.


The Common Security and Defense Policy – The Treaty of Lisbon and the EU’s Defense Dimension by Raluca Csernatoni

ISIS Europe

Our head of research takes a look at CSDP since its creation, the challenges and what should be done to improve it. An in-depth analysis we could not afford to leave out.


The world according to Putin by The Economist

The Economist

The Economist illustrates what a modern map might look like if the rest of the world were to adapt Putin’s method linguistic colonization.


Transatlantic Cooperation and European Energy Security by Luke Devoy

The Institute of European and International Affairs (IIEA)

Europe’s dependence on Russian energy has been further highlighted by events in Ukraine. The IIEA take a look at the history and possible solutions to the problem.


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