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Bloody Hills
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This Week's Two Security Watch Series

This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the misadventures of Russia and the US in Syria; the 1956 Suez Crisis’ “curse” on NATO and the EU; history’s lessons for resolving today’s conflicts; the substantial jihadist threat that exists in the Balkans; and the role of women in the so-called Islamic State. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the growing use of clandestine offensive cyber operations by different nations; the impact of Brexit on the EU’s climate and energy policies; the potential role of (military) police in Swiss border control; the comparative difficulties of retaking Mosul; and the deliberate historical amnesia of five nations.

Video: Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism

The so-called Islamic State consists of three interlocked threats and is quite different from al-Qaeda, says counterterrorism authority David Kilcullen. In today’s video, he explains that if we’re going to devise a strategy that will largely neuter this group in the future, we have to understand exactly what went wrong in the years since 9/11 and admit that everyone bears part of the blame, from "reckless" George W Bush to "feckless" Barak Obama.

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