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Independent Scotland 'would find it extremely difficult to join EU'

Independent Scotland 'would find it extremely difficult to join EU' | International Security | Scoop.it
European commission president says new country emerging from current member would struggle to win unanimous approval
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Scottish independence and political threat to EU.

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Lessons from Iraq a decade after war - FT.com

Lessons from Iraq a decade after war - FT.com | International Security | Scoop.it
In March 2003 the US and UK decided to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein. Much has happened since, most notably the wave of Arab spring revolutions that might eventually have cast him from power without intervention. But 10 years on, the US,
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Has the invasion of Iraq directly effected US/UK abilities to securitize a security issue?

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Obama threat to veto Iran sanctions move - FT.com

Obama threat to veto Iran sanctions move - FT.com | International Security | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama on Thursday issued a rare threat to veto legislation after a group of 26 US senators from both parties defied the White House by introducing a bill for new sanctions on Iran if it breaks the interim nuclear agreement reached...
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Perhaps highlights the speech act but also how politicizaton maybe 'better' than securitization.

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Iran breakthrough deserves a chance - FT.com

Iran breakthrough deserves a chance - FT.com | International Security | Scoop.it
A decade ago the US and Britain invaded Iraq, cutting short diplomacy and attempts by UN inspectors to determine whether or not Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.
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'It provides the first hope that this huge security challenge might be resolved by diplomacy, not war.' A huge security challenge may not be that anymore!

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Iranian activist criticises French stance in nuclear talks

Iranian activist criticises French stance in nuclear talks | International Security | Scoop.it
Emadeddin Baghi says France's tough position plays into hands of hardliners and undermines work of human rights campaigners
One of Iran's most respected activists, Emadeddin Baghi, has criticised France's stance in nuclear talks in Geneva.

Via Chris Goldsmith
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Bloody French Realists...

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Japan 'disappointed' by Park remarks

Japan 'disappointed' by Park remarks | International Security | Scoop.it
Japan is disappointed by comments from the South Korean president effectively ruling out a summit due to historical issues, an official says.
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Identity could be important here, what does it say about realism?

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Russia warns Ukraine on gas supplies - FT.com

Russia warns Ukraine on gas supplies - FT.com | International Security | Scoop.it
Europe is facing the possibility of a new shut-off of Russian gas to Ukraine this winter after Gazprom warned cash-strapped Kiev on Tuesday it must rapidly pay off a $900m overdue bill or face a shift to prepayment for future supplies.
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Natural resources as potential for conflict? Ukraine may have to choose between style of government and fuel.

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White House offers tentative support for plans to rein in NSA surveillance

White House offers tentative support for plans to rein in NSA surveillance | International Security | Scoop.it
Administration says NSA leaks have already prompted changes in intelligence-gathering, including check on UN monitoring
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Does spying ignore Liberal ideas of cooperation?  If the NSA is unaccountable what does it say about democracy? The language suggests Realism as is state-centric.

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Contrary to popular opinion, Europe has not seen a sharp rise in far-right support since the start of the crisis.

Contrary to popular opinion, Europe has not seen a sharp rise in far-right support since the start of the crisis. | International Security | Scoop.it
A common theory is that voters are more likely to transfer their support to far-right political parties during periods of economic crisis. Cas Mudde argues that despite the widespread popularity of...
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Could be interesting for my policy paper, i.e. is nationalism as much as a threat as I perceive?

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the National Defense Authorization Act | The White House

Statement by the Press Secretary on the National Defense Authorization Act | The White House | International Security | Scoop.it
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The securitization act!

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Robert Fisk: He may huff and puff but Benjamin Netanyahu is on his own now as nuclear agreement isolates Israel

Robert Fisk: He may huff and puff but Benjamin Netanyahu is on his own now as nuclear agreement isolates Israel | International Security | Scoop.it
It marks a victory for the Shia in their growing conflict with the Sunni Muslim Middle East. It gives substantial hope to Bashar al-Assad that he will be left in power in Syria. It isolates Israel.
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great analysis

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Iran cheers deal as Israel warns

Iran cheers deal as Israel warns | International Security | Scoop.it
Cheering crowds welcome home the Iranian negotiators who secured a deal on its nuclear programme with world powers, which Israel calls a mistake.
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Has this issue been 'de-securitised' in some countries? What about Israel? Could this reflect constructivism or Copenhegan School? In that relevant actors have come to a diplomatic deal that reflects the perceived lack of threat from Iran militarily but that PERHAPS there is an economic existential threat with regards to oil or even military with regards to the region.

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India launches spacecraft to Mars

India launches spacecraft to Mars | International Security | Scoop.it
India has successfully launched a spacecraft to the Red Planet - with the aim of becoming the fourth space agency to reach Mars.
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Share prices are rarely hit hard by cyber attacks - FT.com

Share prices are rarely hit hard by cyber attacks - FT.com | International Security | Scoop.it
Investors take it in their stride when companies are breached by cyber attacks in incidents that nine times out of ten have a relatively minor impact on their share prices, according to new research.
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An underestimated threat? Highlights the relevance od states?

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Assad’s barbarism goes on unabated - FT.com

Assad’s barbarism goes on unabated - FT.com | International Security | Scoop.it
Last month, the US and Russia signed a deal in Geneva forcing the Assad regime in Syria to surrender its chemical weapons for destruction.
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Is the first priority to remove the international threat from Syria?

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