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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the humanitarian impact of Nigerian military operations against Boko Haram in the Bama region; Russia’s military use of artificial fog; the recent deployment of Russian fighter aircraft in Iran, and more. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the divisions in ASEAN over the South China Sea arbitration decision; the relationship between strategic studies and conflict resolution; the ouster of Iraq’s defense minister, and more again.
29 Aug 2016 | Security WatchOnce a city of 300,000, Bama is now an army-controlled camp of 30,000 internally displaced persons, some of whom were forcibly moved there by the military. The city-camp is also a symbol of the humanitarian consequences of the Boko Haram insurgency and the over-militarized government response to it, as Vincent Foucher, Jean-Hervė Vezequel and Nnamdi Obasi describe today.
29 Aug 2016 | Security WatchSome analysts have argued that ASEAN’s tepid reaction to the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s recent South China Sea ruling was not a symptom of the organization’s ineffectiveness. Instead, it was in line with its diplomatic style and the “healthy” imperfections of international law. Well, Masashi Nishihara disagrees. He believes ASEAN’s approach to China is “unproductive” and reflects a deep divide between its maritime and land-centered members.
29 Aug 2016 | CSS BlogSexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Peacekeepers: Zero Tolerance is a Political and Medical ResponsibilitySara Davies, Johanna Greco & Simon Rushton rightfully deplore the sexual exploitation and abuse being perpetrated by UN peacekeepers and police. They’re even further perturbed, however, by the apparent mismatch between the UN’s zero tolerance policy towards such behavior and the “UN Medical Support Manual for Peacekeepers,” which seems to suggest that peacekeepers are the “vulnerable” population when it comes to sexual engagements in the field.
Aug 2016 | PublicationsIn this report, Roy Isbister and Elizabeth Kirkham specify what national-level assessments of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) should involve, including the make-up of the assessment team and the tasks it has to perform. The latter should consist of developing and drafting Memoranda of Understanding, creating Country Situation Reports, conducting scoping and assessment exercises, and writing a final National Assessment Report.
The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is a nongovernmental institution that promotes conflict resolution, internal and external dialogue, and institutional development. ACCORD also strives to develop specifically African solutions for African problems, primarily through its mediation, negotiation, conflict analysis, and training efforts.
Ten years after Hezbollah's 34-day war with Israel, the Iranian-backed Shiite militia is embroiled in yet another costly military campaign. In today’s video, Nadav Pollak and Hanin Ghaddar discuss the group's evolution since joining the fight in Syria.