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Convergence: Fixers, Super Fixers and Shadow Facilitators

IASC Senior Fellow Douglas Farah takes you inside the social networks that operate within illicit commodity chains, and their importance to functioning of transnational criminial enterprises in this chapter of the book Convergence: Illicit Networks in the Age of Globalization,  published by the Center for Complex Operations at National Defense University.read more

Maritime Taiwan and Power Transition in Asia

Read John Tkacik's chapter on Maritime Taiwan and Power Transition in Asia in Peter C.Y. Chow's new book, "The US Strategic Pivot to Asia and Cross-Strait Relations."read more

Pakistan’s Shaheen Missile Family and its Implications for Pakistan’s Security

by Debalina Ghoshal, Research Associate, Delhi Policy Group New Delhi

May 8th, 2015

Following its 1998 nuclear tests, the leadership in Pakistan has emphasized the need to develop “a minimum deterrent capability to meet the requirement of its national, flexible (medium range missile force).” It is a surprising fact that despite being politically unstable, Pakistan has continued a sophisticated ballistic missile development program. Pakistan’s success is due in large part to assistance from China and North Korea. Pakistan claims that its missile program has been mostly India centric, and “it does not aim at augmentation of strategic power for a political rationale.” The paper will address Pakistan’s nuclear strategy and then examine the Shaheen missile system and its place in Pakistan’s nuclear strategy.

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