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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.
31 Aug 2016 | Security WatchEphraim Kam and Zvi Magen are intrigued by the staging of recent Russian air attacks from Iran, specifically against the so-called Islamic State and Jabhat al-Fateh a-Sham. They’re further interested in 1) why Tehran has reigned in its suspicions of Russian interference in the Middle East; 2) why it makes sense for the Russian military to operate from Iranian territory; and 3) what this new partnership says about the two countries’ relations.
31 Aug 2016 | Security WatchPatrick Martin believes Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and his entire cabinet are politically vulnerable now because the country’s parliament recently ousted Sunni Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi. As Martin sees it, the decision is yet another self-inflicted wound by a Sunni political block that is coming apart at the seams.
31 Aug 2016 | CSS BlogSince 1945, nine different states have carried out 2,061 nuclear tests, 530 of which were atmospheric explosions. Tariq Rauf is understandably upset with the pollution and devastating health effects of these tests and thinks it’s high time to ratify a permanent Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). For that to happen, however, eight nations still have to come on board.
Aug 2016 | PublicationsJustice and Security Needs in Iraq after ISIL: Understanding Displaced Population´s Concerns with Returning HomeMany of the three million-plus internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq want to return to home areas that are no longer controlled by the so-called Islamic State (IS). However, weak security and informal justice in these zones make returning to them a dicey proposition. In this report, Khitam Alkhaykanee summarizes the concerns raised and recommendations made by Iraqi IDPs, civil society organizations, and official government stakeholders on how to deal with this complex problem.
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.