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FIGHTING FOR KURDISTAN? THE PESHMERGA IN IRAQ

https://www.clingendael.org/publication/fighting-kurdistan-peshmerga-iraq 05 MAR 2018 - 11:05  DOWNLOAD REPORT ASSESSING THE NATURE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE PERSHMERGA IN IRAQ The Peshmerga forces of Iraqi Kurdistan are a complex and multi-faceted security organisation, their loyalty divided between the Iraqi state, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), different political parties and powerful individuals. At different times – and sometimes simultaneously – they can be characterised as national, regional, party and personal forces. This  report  explores the dynamics and consequences of these various roles in the broader political context of the relationship between Erbil and Baghdad. For relations within the KRG, as well as between the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI) and Baghdad, to develop as constructively and as peacefully as possible, it is important that international partners currently supporting the Peshmerga and/or the Iraqi Security Forces take three recommendations to hear

India Reaches the Top Spot for Economic Growth Again

Source: Aman Thakkar, Newsletter India Reaches the Top Spot for Economic Growth Again GDP figures released this past week show that India  grew  at an annual rate of 7.2% in the last quarter of 2017, narrowly beating China’s 6.8% growth to regain its spot as the fastest growing economy in the world. The news arguably reverses the recent slowdown in Indian economic growth, which analysts  argue  occurred as a result of the Goods and Services tax reforms and the demonetization decision. The uptick in growth also comes at an  opportune time  for Prime Minister Modi, who will likely tout the growth as campaigning for the 2019 General Election heats up in coming months. Bigger Picture:  Rising economic growth is something all governments tout as an achievement, as they should. But for India, it is important to look beyond the numbers to see if economic growth is translating into development for India’s poorest. One in five Indians continues to live in the most abject, gut-wrenching pove

Estimating the Global Cost of Cyber Risk Calculator

Source.Rand.org Estimating the Global Cost of Cyber Risk Calculator by  Paul Dreyer Related Topics: Cyber Warfare , Cybercrime , Macroeconomics , Modeling and Simulation Citation View related products DOWNLOAD SUPPORT FILES Global Cost of Cyber Risk Calculator FormatFile Size Noteszip file 1.7 MB Technical Details » There is marked variability from study to study in the estimated direct and systemic costs of cyber incidents, which is further complicated by the considerable variation in cyber risk in different countries and industry sectors. This Excel-based modeling and simulation tool estimates present and future global costs of cyber attacks and incidents. Users can also alter assumptions to investigate a wide variety of research questions. Specifically, this tool (1) identifies the value at risk by country and industry sector; (2) computes direct costs by considering multiple financial exposures for each industry sector and the fraction of each exposure that is potential

Unabated aggression continues in Balochistan; Several abducted in month

February: Dil Murad Baloch (Sangar News) Baloch National Movement's Central Information Secretary Dil Murad Baloch disclosed the report of February 2018. While briefing on report, Dil Murad Baloch said Pakistani forces carried out 70 operations and raids in occupied Balochistan, in the month of February. During these operations and military raids 173 persons were forcibly abducted. He added, in this regard Pakistani forces themselves confirmed the abduction of 20 persons on 11th February and 11 persons on 24th February those were arrested as suspects, but none of them were produced either before the court or media. He said that media as usual is playing the role of second pandal of state; despite the confirmation of picking up these 31 persons on two different occasions by security establishment, media is  trying to strangulate the truth. Local and international media houses did not bother to question the well beings of those abductions which law enforcement officials themselve

Interwar Airpower, Grand Strategy, and Military Innovation: Germany vs. Great Britain

https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2018/2/28/interwar-airpower-grand-strategy-and-military-innovation-germany-vs-great-britain Michael Trimble     February 28, 2018 In discerning operational requirements, the conceptual difficulties of military science occur. If there is not rigorous thinking at this level, neither technology nor money can help.                                                                                                             —Sir Michael Howard Today’s senior defense leaders can’t get enough  innovation . The United States National Security Strategy, the National Defense Strategy, and the U.S. military service strategies all stress the capacity for innovation as an American comparative advantage. Clearly, there is great demand for military professionals who can innovate. But what does innovation look like in a peacetime or interwar military? How is it done? ANALYZING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE GERMAN AND BRITISH AIR FORCES BETWEEN THE WORLD WARS REV

Reviewing Churchill's Secret War with Lenin

https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2018/2/26/reviewing-churchills-secret-war-with-lenin #Reviewing Churchill's Secret War with Lenin Timothy Heck     February 26, 2018 Churchill’s Secret War with Lenin: British and Commonwealth Military Intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1918-1920 . Damien Wright. Solihull, UK: Helion & Company, 2017. Recent discourse about Russian-Western interaction over internal disputes has focused on Russia’s annexation of the Crimea in 2014. One hundred years ago, the opposite was the case. From 1918-1920, British, Commonwealth, French, Japanese, and American troops all fought and died in the Russian Civil War. Damien Wright’s  Churchill’s Secret War with Lenin: British and Commonwealth Military Intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1918-1920 , focuses on the United Kingdom’s role in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution. [1]  Wright’s lively writing and mastery of primary and secondary sources, along with a wealth of period photograp