Connections : The Quarterly Journal

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 2, Spring

Afghanistan 2001-2014: The Enduring Literature?
Do we have a problem with book publishers? Are we getting a reliable supply of material covering the ongoing war in Afghanistan - this far-too-long, post-9/11 conflict? That there are lots of books is not in doubt - but do they help chart a course for...
Conditionality and Compliance: The Shaky Dimensions of NATO Influence (the Georgian Case)
Introduction: The PuzzleIt is no secret that NATO exerts global influence, and is an organization without which the international security architecture would be difficult to imagine. Its capacity to exert influence ranges from the very material dimension...
Defense Policy and Reforms in Bulgaria since the End of the Cold War: A Critical Analysis
IntroductionAfter the disintegration of the communist system in Eastern Europe the former communist countries had to make an unprecedented transition to a "normal" society. Having been diverted from their natural path of development, with limited private...
Solving the Syrian Knot: Dynamics within the UN Security Council and Challenges to Its Effectiveness
IntroductionThis article intends to highlight the dynamics within the UN Security Council1 (UNSC) with regard to the events in the Syrian Arab Republic that have unfolded in the wake of the so-called "Arab Spring" and perturbed the entire region of the...
The Future of the Sinai Peninsula
IntroductionThe Sinai Peninsula has been a center of conflict for many years, starting with the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948. After Israel and Egypt signed the Camp David Accords in 1978, it became a peaceful region, strongly controlled by the military...
The Models of Sovereignty in the South Caucasus
IntroductionOver the last five to six years we have witnessed dramatic changes in the international security environment - changes that have directly influenced developments in the South Caucasus. Among the most significant changes are the world economic...
The Waning Grand Strategy of Democratization: Why a Pivot to the Asia-Pacific Places the United States at Greater Risk of Terrorist Attack
Our world is on a trajectory leading to a point where terrorists will eventually acquire a nuclear weapon.1 It is only a matter of time.2 After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States recognized the lack of effectiveness of its...
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