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It's week 44 on the ISN's editorial calendar, Photo: Eva Ekeblad/flickr

We’ll highlight the following topics:

  • In ISN Insights on Monday, Robert Cutler discusses energy politics on the complex chessboard of the Caspian Sea basin.
  • On Tuesday, we report on last week’s conference, “The Arab World: Where is it heading to?” — jointly organized by NCCR Democracy and the Center for Comparative and International Studies at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich.
  • In Wednesday’s ISN Insight,  Dean Baker, of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, weighs in on the European Commission’s proposed Financial Transaction Tax.
  • On Thursday, we’ll feature the holdings of our Digital Library on Syria.
  • In Friday’s podcast, Shiraz Maher discusses the impact of multiculturalism on extremism.

And in case you missed any of last week’s coverage, you can catch up here on: China’s currency policies; the Swiss elections; post-war reconciliation and reintegration in Sri Lanka; Geopolitics and Afghanistan, and Terrorism as an instrument of coercion

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It's Week 39 on the ISN's editorial calendar, Photo: f3lx/flickr

We’ll be highlighting the following topics:

  • In ISN Insights on Monday, Gerard de Groot asks: as US space programs are winding down their operational capabilities, what exactly are the Chinese doing with their rockets?
  • Tuesday we explore the implications of David Fiammenghi’s article in the Spring Issue of International Security, “The Security Curve and the Structure of International Politics: A Neorealist Synthesis”
  • On Wednesday, Sam Logan reports from Mexico about how social media is being harnessed to fight back against criminal organizations’ stranglehold on traditional media outlets.
  • On Thursday, we take a closer look at Islamic fundamentalist recruitment online
  • In Friday’s ISN Podcast, Ambassador Winston Tubman discusses democracy and change in Liberia

And in case you missed any of last week’s coverage, you can catch up here on: Australia’s military capabilities; islands and the changing face of sovereignty ; the crisis rape-HIV nexus; the changing nature of borders; and the challenges facing megacities.

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Keyword in Focus: Greece

The Greek Parliament. Photo: SimonC flickr.

After yesterday’s vote and the approval today of legislation allowing for the rapid implementation of new austerity measures, one may legitimately wonder what tomorrow has in store for Greece, a country that will always have special significance in the West.

Few, it seems, have failed to notice the symmetry in the fact that until Wednesday the fate of the latest common European project very much seemed to turn—and perhaps still turns—on events in the birthplace of the oldest one.

Though more treacherous waters lie ahead, for now at least Europe has avoided the ‘Lehman moment’ that it was feared could trigger the unraveling of its monetary union and an even deeper crisis for its political one. No Marathon or Salamis, to be sure — but welcome news nonetheless.

We take this opportunity to showcase the holdings of the ISN Digital Library on Greece

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It's week 21 in our editorial calendar, Photo: Horia Varlan/flickr

This week in ISN Insights, you can look forward to the following content:

On Monday, Shalva Weil analyzes how twenty years after Israel’s dramatic airlift of Jews out of Ethiopia, normalization has almost set in between the countries.

The role of opinion polls in the field of International Relations will be the topic of Tuesday’s ISN Insights, while the European External Action Service (EEAS) will be assessed on Wednesday. On Thursday, meanwhile, we will focus on Pakistan’s nuclear rationale.

And in case you missed any of last week’s content, you can find them right here. Once again, they cover a wide array of topics, such as: Rising tensions between Pakistan and its neighboring states; Turkey’s growing defense ambitions; India’s search for strategic autonomy; and a podcast on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on the eve of its 10th year.

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It's week 19 on our editorial calendar, Photo: Leo Reynolds/flickr

Coming up this week in our ISN Insights coverage:

On Monday, the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute’s John CK Daly analyzes how the nuclear tragedy in Japan could influence the territorial dispute over the Kurile Islands.

We’ll have an article on US military retention problems on Tuesday; while India’s space ascent will be the topic of Wednesday. The likelihood that Osama bin Laden’s death will in fact stem future Islamic terrorism will be assessed on Thursday.

We’ll finish the week with an ISN podcast with Dr Istifanus Zabadi, Dean of the African Center for Strategic Research and Studies (based at Nigeria’s National War College), who discusses conflict resolution and domestic politics in Nigeria.

You can also catch-up on last week’s articles here: on the thriving business of mercenarism in sub-Saharan Africa; the potential impact of the Arab uprisings on Central Asian authoritarianism; Italy’s sagging democracy under the weight of Berlusconi; how Australia could help quench India’s thirst for nuclear energy; and a podcast on the nuclear non proliferation treaty and progress toward its enforcement.