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Drawing in the dragon: China's involvement in Africa's peace & security

January 29, 2015

By Semiha Abdulmelik: ‘Meaningful participation in African conflict-resolution processes is not an important aspect of China’s current Africa relations. China is becoming increasingly important in the landscape of African politics, including in conflict-affected theatres, but is not as significant an actor as external perceptions contend. Nor has the Chinese government shown any particular inclination for … Continue reading “Drawing in the dragon: China's involvement in Africa's peace & security”

Financing Terror, Part III: Kidnapping for ransom in the Philippines

January 26, 2015

By Samuel A. Smith: Abstract: The international community has been relatively successful in restricting terrorist financing, so terrorist organisations have turned to alternative means to fund their organisations. The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is currently one of the most prominent terrorist organisations in the Philippines and Southeast Asia and is but one example of a … Continue reading “Financing Terror, Part III: Kidnapping for ransom in the Philippines”

Following France: a new formula for military intervention

January 23, 2015

By Jackson Webster: Since the end of the Cold War, American and European military forces have struggled to find a new purpose. Today’s military policy choices are driven by two conflicting philosophies. The first is continued concentration on the maintenance of large conventional forces by NATO powers. Accompanying this maintenance of hard power capability is … Continue reading “Following France: a new formula for military intervention”

Fury: War up close and personal

January 21, 2015

By Alex Calvo: Since the birth of cinema, war has been a perennial source of inspiration for films. However, the resulting genre is anything but uniform. Under the label “war film” one can find a wide spectrum of films, going from mere action filled with special effects (sometimes referred to as “war porn”) to pacifist … Continue reading “Fury: War up close and personal”

Financing Terror, Part II: Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism

January 19, 2015

By Claire Mennessier: Taliban fighters demobilising in Afghanistan. Photo: Isafmedia (some rights reserved) For the last 25 years Pakistan has been involved in the sponsoring of terrorism on a national and international scale. As a result of its role in the development of terrorism in Afghanistan and Indian Kashmir, Pakistan is a good example of a … Continue reading “Financing Terror, Part II: Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism”

Trouble in paradise? On racism in Sweden

January 16, 2015

By Josefin Hedlund: I was sad and shaken to hear about the arson attack on a mosque in my hometown of Eskilstuna, Sweden, on Christmas Day. The speculations and reactions that ensued in both “old” media outlets and “new” social media were an ugly but necessary reminder of the problems of structural racism in the … Continue reading “Trouble in paradise? On racism in Sweden”

The Paris Attacks: a threat to French unity

January 14, 2015

By Deborah Asseraf: As France mourns 17 of its citizens following the recent Paris attacks, hard times are also synonymous with national union. On 11 January 56 world leaders marched in Paris along with 3.7 million people to show their commitment to universal values such as freedom of speech and human dignity. Unanimous condemnation of the … Continue reading “The Paris Attacks: a threat to French unity”

Financing Terror, Part I: Private Kuwaiti donors in Syria's Civil War

January 12, 2015

By Arne Holverscheid: What happened to President Bashar al-Assad? When Syria descended into civil war in 2011, he was the perfect enemy for the Western public: supported by his ally Iran, he preferred watching his people die and his country be torn apart than give in to demands for freedom, democracy and civil rights. The … Continue reading “Financing Terror, Part I: Private Kuwaiti donors in Syria's Civil War”

Financing Terror: A Strife 4-part series

January 7, 2015

By: Maya Ehrmann: Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Taliban are household names these days. Yet, in the climate of the ‘War on Terror’, how do organisations like these survive and even thrive? It takes more than just strong leadership and organizational skills to uphold the proper functioning of terrorist groups – it takes money. Terrorism … Continue reading “Financing Terror: A Strife 4-part series”


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