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A round-up of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the region over the last week

A round-up of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the region over the last week:

Caucasus:

  • Georgia intends to try to buy “defensive” weapons from Israel, including drones and anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, the country’s defense minister, Iraklia Alasania, has told Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv (in Hebrew, translated by BBC Monitoring). Russia had pressured Israel to cease the moderate amount of

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After the fall of the Soviet Union, one of the Defense Department’s initial efforts at creating security engagements with the Former Soviet Republics came through the National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP), which partners a U.S. state’s National Guard with a foreign nation’s military. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) describes the aims of the program as: “building defense relationships that promote specific U.S. security interests, developing allied and friendly...

With U.S. and NATO troops scheduled to start pulling out of Afghanistan next year, the U.S. military is gearing up for one of its biggest logistical challenges in its history: how to get all of its gear out of the country. Not just the tanks and guns but office equipment, air conditioners and all the other accoutrements of the best-funded military in the world. The gear that needs to be shipped out is estimated to be worth $30 billion, and the cost of getting it out about $6 billion — and that’s just for the U.S. forces, according to ...

 

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