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 Points and Lines to Plane
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This Week's Two Security Watch Series

This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on 10 important acquisition programs that might be “distorted” because of the US Department of Defense’s budget woes; Tunisia’s growing vulnerability to the so-called Islamic State; the composition and behavior of the Syrian Democratic Forces; when, why and how refugees become receptive to militant messaging; and the potential impact of emerging Chinese surveillance and strike complexes. Then, in our second SW series, we look at what Europe can expect from Germany´s evolving migration policy; the current status of the European Parliament; the impact of Russia’s compatriot policy on Estonia’s Russian population; Europe’s current energy dynamics; and whether Russia and China are “gaming” the West.

Video: Slavoj Zizek & Violence

Peripatetic Slavoj Zizek is many things to many people – an ideological rogue elephant, a trickster figure, an ursine iconoclast with a self-deprecating sense of humor, and a serious philosopher. In this video, Paul Taylor reviews Zizek’s ideas on the nature of contemporary violence.

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