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In this issue:

Fast Power
John Chipman, head of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, on why speed is of the essence in modern statecraft.

Fighting fit?
Munich Security Conference Chair Wolfgang Ischinger warns: If Europe’s militaries don’t get serious soon about pooling and sharing their defense capabilities, the continent will lose its status as a global security actor.

Hobbes or Locke?
Former general and CIA director Michael Hayden examines the eroding US-European consensus on the limits of state action and the legitimate use of force.

Strategic affairs
The US, Germany, France and Russia – four countries, four new security policy doctrines for the 21st century.

The President’s men
John Kerry and Chuck Hagel have both served in the Vietnam War and the US Senate. They are cautious warriors. We profile Obama’s nominees for State and Defense.

Star Wars redux
The success of Israel’s Iron Dome system has launched renewed debate about the feasibility of more sophisticated missile defense shields.

Misreading Mali
The North African country is the latest flashpoint in the war against Islamist extremists. But the real problem in Mali is that rival tribal elites are backing jihadist groups for opportunistic reasons, argues Wolfram Lacher.

Taking stock
Four Middle East analysts on the consequences of the Arab Spring for regional alliances and global security strategies.

Joystick combat
Drone warfare is the preserve of the West – so far. But 60 states are developing unmanned aerial vehicle capabilities. Anne-Marie Slaughter bemoans the lack of international safe- guards and Letta Tayler wants to know the legal rationale for drone attacks.

Cyber security
The Economist on the hype and fear surrounding cyberwarfare; Kasperky Lab’s hunt for Red October; and Sandro Gaycken why Germany is betting on passive cyber defense.