MINUSMA operations in Mali confirm that peacekeeping missions are increasingly being conducted in complex and asymmetric environments. For Sofia Sebastian, how the UN addresses the dilemmas posed by such missions will have a big impact on which tools it has available to resolve future global security problems.
By Sofia Sebastian for ISN
By Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick for ISN
Are we doing enough to prevent the use of child soldiers? Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick have their doubts. While UN resolutions and national legislation are a step in the right direction, they don’t address the little stressed impact that military assistance has on the recruiting of child combatants.
Two years after the dramatic events in Tahrir Square, Egypt is sinking into political turmoil. Felix Imonti also detects a parallel and equally worrying trend – the formation of hardened street armies on both sides of the political divide.
By Felix Imonti
It’s been two years since the Côte d’Ivoire plunged into a brief but bloody civil war. IPI’s Jordan Katz reports on some of the follow-on problems the UN continues to face within the country, particularly when it comes to implementing security sector reforms and other confidence building measures.
By Jordan Katz for World Policy Institute
Omid Bidar on Thursday, 31 January 2013
The huge rise in militancy across Pakistan (pdf) is also creating a number of hazards for aid workers. On New Year’s Day gunmen on motorbikes ambushed and killed six female aid workers and a doctor in Khayber-Pakhtunkhwa province. It marked the latest in a series of attacks on polio vaccination charity workers.
On December 18, five female aid workers were killed as they were administering polio vaccinations. The following day another polio supervisor was killed along with her driver in north-western town of Peshawar.
Eighteen months after the post-electoral crisis in Côte d'Ivoire, the country's security sector remains both a source of conflict and a key to peace. At present, however, pressing security considerations risk sending much-needed security sector reform down the wrong path, argues Arthur Boutellis.
By Arthur Boutellis for International Peace Institute (IPI)
The intra-state conflict between Morocco and Western Sahara has been unaffected by the Arab Spring and remains neglected by the wider international community. This situation, argues Carne Ross, has allowed the humanitarian situation and prospects for peace in Western Sahara to continue drifting aimlessly.
By Carne Ross for Middle East Institute (MEI)
While natural disasters still remain relatively infrequent, the damage they cause can be severe and long-lasting. Ilan Noy argues we need a more realistic approach to risk assessment if we truly hope to understand the long-term impact of such events specifically on regional economies.
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Population growth and increased urbanization will tax Africans’ ability to feed themselves over the coming decades. Developing sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, argues Johan Potgieter, may provide opportunities to boost food production where other sectors will or might fail.
By Johan Potgieter for Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
South Sudan's messy separation from the North has provided the perfect conditions for conflict between the new neighbors. Oil pipelines and production set the scene for the most recent source of tension.
Prepared by: Richard Downie
Kenya’s recent incursion into southern Somalia demonstrates that the world’s ‘most failed state’ impacts upon the security dynamics of its neighbors.
By Edoardo Totolo
12 April 2012
The doctrine of Responsibility to Protect is not going to disappear soon – and neither is the question of UN Security Council Reform. As time passes, they are becoming more and more intertwined. But which should take precedent?
By Casey L Coombs for the ISN
This week, we present a selection of cartoons that show issues currently shaping the international relations agenda. We begin with CartoonMovement.com’s cartoon strip on the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
In today’s podcast, the International Crisis Group’s Cillian Nolan discusses the upcoming elections in Timor-Leste and what the future might hold for this fledgling democracy.
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In today's podcast, Dr. David Steinberg, Georgetown University's Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies, discusses political change in Burma/Myanmar. He offers a closer look at the economic and political forces that shape dynamics there, and explains the importance of the 2010 election and why the 2012 election will be also significant.
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As if the instability and unrest of 2011 had not been enough for Guinea-Bissau, President Malam Bacai Sanhá died on 9 January 2012 after a prolonged illness. This triggered a race for power and brought the country's fate into question. This article discusses the presidential election scheduled for March 18 in the context of this political turmoil.
By Pedro Seabra for Portuguese Institute of International Relations and Security (IPRIS)
How to deal with North Korean refugees is currently one of the hottest issues in China and South Korea’s bilateral relationship. It exposes the dilemma facing China of how to deal with two very different political halves of the divided Korean peninsula, and the resulting constraints on regional cooperation in Asia.
By Sokeel J Park for ISN Insights
In today’s podcast, Ushahidi’s Heather Leson discusses her organization’s use of crisis mapping techniques and outlines how non-state actors are increasingly collaborating online to tackle issues traditionally managed by governments.
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International peace missions have not only become more widespread, but also more complex, says Thorsten Benner, co-founder and associate director of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin. Today's podcast discusses the challenges facing peace operations, including high expectations, and the trade-off between peace and justice.
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Today's podcast considers the important relationship of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) concept in relation to conflict management and intervention. Our guest David Lanz reflects on the Darfur conflict, which became a test case for emerging R2P norms.