Category Archives: Analysis Papers

Burning Borno: Applying System Justification Theory to the Violence of Boko Haram

New Analysis Paper: Why would Boko Haram inflict the most pain on the very state that provides its center of operations, when its purported mission applies to the country as a whole? One can approach this question using System Justification Theory.

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Arms Transfers and China’s Long-Term Goals: An Assessment of China’s Current Strategy in the Defense Market

Analysis Paper: Comparing China’s arms export behavior in the period from 1960-1997 to its recent record, this paper measures China’s development of effective arms export strategies in its foreign policy, security and the domestic defense industry.

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Analysis Paper- A Shift in Pakistani Civil-Military Relations: Factors That Led to the Successful 2013 Civilian Transition of Power

The path of civil-military relations has been tumultuous for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Since the country’s founding in 1947, Pakistan has faced several military coups and alternated between civilian and military regimes. A transition between civilian governments occurred in May 2013, however, a momentous occasion in the country’s civil-military relations given Pakistan’s history of military intervention in politics. Although

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Analysis Paper- Iraq: The War on the Ground

War is often justified and fought within the context of national security – the security of the state. The 2003 US intervention in Iraq is seldom different. The true cost of war and violence, however, is measured in the human context – on the individual level. This analysis paper re-examines the US intervention and occupation of Iraq through the seven

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Analysis Paper: The Rising Threat of Dual-Use Biotechnology

Dating back to WWI, the international community has recognized and made efforts to prevent the spread and use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). Binding international agreements made with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the Biological Weapons and Toxic Convention, and the Chemical Weapons Convention have formed the foundation of a nonproliferation regime. But more recently, the

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