Category Archives: Proliferation

From Syria and Iraq to Libya: Turkey repeatedly demonstrates the combat effectiveness of its drones

by Paul Iddon In recent years, Turkey has demonstrated a hitherto unprecedented capability in both the production and the combat use of its increasingly formidable domestically-built armed drones.  Turkey first used its drones in the conflicts against the Kurdistan Workers’ … Continue reading

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The significance of MiG-29s entering the Libyan conflict

by Paul Iddon In a potentially significant development, Russian-built MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jets are reportedly being deployed in Libya amid the ongoing civil war. The jets are either being supplied to or will be flown in support of the eastern-based … Continue reading

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How Turkey could be undermining its opportunities to field fifth-generation aircraft

by Paul Iddon Turkey’s apparent inability to prevent leaks of sensitive American and British military and technical information to third parties may be one factor that results in it losing an opportunity to field not one, but two types of … Continue reading

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Chemical Weapons in Syria: Red Lines or Proving Grounds

Despite the fact that they are banned, chemical weapons are still being used today. According to a French analysis, chemical weapons were used in at least 130 instances in Syria between October 2012 and April 2017 (Rebecca Hersman, “Resisting Impunity … Continue reading

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Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems and Artificial Intelligence in Future Conflicts

by Patrick Truffer. He has been working in the Swiss Armed Forces for more than 15 years, holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zurich), and a master’s degree in … Continue reading

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The Middle East in Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons Capabilities

by Israel Rafalovich. He is a journalist based in Brussel, who has 50 years of experience including international postings in Tel-Aviv, Brussels, Germany and Washington,DC The Middle East is likely to face more instability in the near future and the … Continue reading

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54. Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz – Schwierige Zeiten für Rüstungskontrolle und nukleare Abrüstung

Der diesjährige Munich Security Report — ein Grundlagenpapier, welches vor der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz veröffentlicht wird — zeichnet ein düsteres Bild der Weltlage auf. Der mit der Wahl von US-Präsident Donald Trump vollzogene ideologische Rückzug der USA wird langfristige Konsequenzen auf … Continue reading

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Chinese drones and Russian air defense missiles: Why America’s Middle East allies are shopping elsewhere for some of their weapons

by Paul Iddon. The United State’s Middle East allies are increasingly using other sources to either purchase weapons which Washington won’t sell or equipment with comparable capabilities to what Washington has to offer. This ranges from drones, which the U.S. … Continue reading

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North Korea’s atomic bomb: living with the status quo

by Patrick Truffer. He graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs and completes a Master of Arts program in International Relations at the Freie Universität Berlin. On the 9th … Continue reading

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How Israel fears its qualitative military edge will be undercut

Throughout its almost seven-decade existence, the leaders of the State of Israel have long worried that their far larger Arab neighbours would one day brandish more advanced weapon systems against them, effectively combine those weapons with their superior numbers and … Continue reading

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