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Special Report: The Global Security Picture

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

The world is undergoing a period of significant defense retrenchment. The U.K. has cut back dramatically on its defense budget and is making potentially transformative cuts to the storied Royal Navy. NATO's members have gone back to the drawing board for a new Strategic Concept to guide the organization's often-questioned mission. In Asia, the U.S. is assessing its relations with old allies and courting new ones, always with an eye to hedging China's rise. And elsewhere, regional security organizations seek to define their role. This World Politics Review special report examines the global security picture through articles published from March 2010 through November 2010.

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Introduction

The End of the U.S. Security Backstop
By Thomas P.M. Barnett
Nov. 22, 2010

The U.S.-U.K. Special Relationship

U.K. Budget Cuts: Sinking the Royal Navy, Part I
By David Axe
Oct. 27, 2010

U.K. Budget Cuts: Sinking the Royal Navy, Part II

By David Axe
Oct. 28, 2010

Budget Cuts Threaten U.K. Trident Replacement
By Chad O'Carroll
Sept. 14, 2010

The British Military's Genetic Mutation

By Robert Farley
Nov. 3, 2010

Britain's Defense Cuts and U.S. Security

By Robert Farley
Oct. 6, 2010

NATO


NATO in an Age of Austerity

By James Joyner
Oct. 26, 2010

NATO's Missile Defense Challenge

By Richard Weitz
Nov. 11, 2010

More Promises, More Problems for NATO
By Alan W. Dowd
Nov. 23, 2010

Defense Diplomacy in Asia

The Future of the U.S.-Japan Alliance
By Prashanth Parameswaran
July 7, 2010

U.S., China Court Indonesia with Arms and Military Ties

By Fabio Scarpello
Aug. 29, 2010

Shangri-La Dialogue Highlights Challenges for Asian Regional Security
By Greg Lowe
June 9, 2010

U.S. Battle Plan for Pacific Hinges on Reform, Allies

By David Axe
Aug. 11, 2010

China's Naval Buildup and its Implications for the Asia-Pacific Region
By Abraham Denmark and Zachary Hosford
Sept. 14, 2010

Regional Security Architecture

European Union: Global Security Actor or Paper Tiger?
By Soeren Kern
March 9, 2010

EU Ponders Defense Irrelevance
By Richard Weitz
Sept. 28, 2010

Eurasian Security Institutions: The CSTO and SCO

By Richard Weitz
June 29, 2010

Sustainability is Elusive for Persian Gulf Regional Security System
By Brian Katulis
June 29, 2010

Organized Complementarity and African Regional Security Cooperation
By Benedikt Franke
June 29, 2010