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:
Afghanistan’s War Takes Heavy Civilian Toll, Says United Nations Report by Emma Graham-Harrison
The number of civilians killed or injured in the first six months of 2014 rises by quarter, with more than 1,000 of those being children.
China’s Changing Position on Japan’s History by Zachary Keck
In recent years, China has significantly hardened its stance on Japan acknowledging its imperial past. Since Marxism has faded as an ideology for the Party, Chinese nationalism has become the main candidate to replace it.
Convergent Technologies, Dual-Use Weaponry and the Global Balance of Power by Robert McCreight
International Relations and Security Network
Convergent and dual-use technologies could match or surpass the capabilities of existing nuclear and conventional arsenals within the next 20 years. The dangers they pose should be taken seriously, especially since states are almost sure to use them.
Crunch Time for Egypt’s Energy Mess? by Keith Johnson
President Sisi is taking bold steps, including forging possible deals with Israel, to keep his country from going over a financial cliff.
Europe’s House of Cards? Between Democratic Deficit and CSDP Legitimacy by Raluca Csernatoni
While arguments for further integration in the field of security and defence are meaningful in terms of addressing such challenges at the EU level, little reflection has accompanied actions as regards democratic accountability and control.
The National Interest
U.S.-Iranian rapprochement does not seem to be on the horizon. Despite the shared threat of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), the greatest obstacle to any form of reconciliation is still the balance of power in the Middle East.
New Avionics For Gripen, Typhoon And Rafale by Bill Sweetman, Angus Batey and Amy Svitak
Modernizing electronics is the most efficient way to upgrade a fighter design. European governments and industry are investing in those areas to keep their programs competitive.
Siege Mentality by Gregg Carlstrom
While Israel pounds Gaza with bombs, the real battleground of East Jerusalem is ready to boil over.
Turkey’s Kurdish Buffer by Soner Cagaptay
If anything good comes out of the turmoil in Iraq, it will be improved ties between Turkey and the region’s Kurds. In fact, the portions of northern Iraq and Syria that are under Kurdish control are stable and peaceful, a perfect bulwark against threats such as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
With Talks Uncertain, Ukrainian Rebels Cling to Hope in Strongholds by Sabrina Tavernise and David M. Herszenhorn
The New York Times
Rebel fighters in eastern Ukraine may be on the defensive, but they are not melting away, at least not in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine’s regional capital.