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Options for addressing the Syrian civil war

Conflict and Fragility • Publications • July 24, 2014

This new CRU report outlines options for greater Western engagement in the Syrian civil war to halt the violence. It examines the war´s trajectory, international entanglements and current battlefield situation.

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The New Criminal Blitz: Mali, Iraq and the Business of Asymmetry

Conflict and Fragility • Publications • July 25, 2014

What does the ISIS insurgency in Iraq have in common with recent Islamist activity in Mali? Ivan Briscoe believes they’ve both elevated the obtaining of illicit income to new levels, thereby linking crime, Jihadism and the sectarian decomposition of the nation-state in more unpredictable ways.

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Corruption in the Northern Triangle: The siren song of crime

Conflict and Fragility • Publications • July 15, 2014

Illicit networks combining crime, politics and business have extended their influence across Central America since the end of the region's civil wars.

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Conflict, security and emerging threats

Conflict and Fragility • Publications • July 07, 2014

The trends towards extreme fragmentation amongst armed groups, as well as the growing transnational linkages to conflict, pose new and as yet unresolved challenges for the international community.

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Prolonging the agony of UNMISS

Conflict and Fragility • Publications • July 01, 2014

The implementation challenges of a new mandate during a civil war.

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The Conflict Research Unit (CRU) conducts research on the nexus between security and development with a special focus on integrated/ comprehensive approaches on conflict prevention, stabilisation and reconstruction in fragile and conflict-affected situations. The CRU focuses on the following research topics:

Crisis and Conflict Analysis
Governance
Security and Justice
Economic development
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Security Sector Reform: Past, Present...and Future?

01/09/2014 • Opinion

This summer’s headlines have been exhaustingly tragic. From the violent blitzkrieg and beheadings carried out by the Islamic State, to the shocking recklessness of militants in Donetsk and police in Ferguson, insecurity has taken an unsettlingly high civilian toll these past months.

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Against the Odds: The Case for Greater Western Intervention in Syria

27/08/2014 • Opinion

The Syrian civil war is now in its third year and continues unabated. A battlefield resolution remains unlikely: the imminent capture of Aleppo by the regime is being offset by rapid advances of the Islamic State in eastern Syria – taking in the city of Deir-ez-Zour, major oilfields, and nearly all strongpoints on the Euphrates river.

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SSR: Securing its success, justifying its relevance

19/08/2014 • Policy briefs

As Security Sector Reform (SSR) faces pressure to address new issues and threats, the moment is right to assess unresolved issues concerning both the concept and the practice of SSR. Four points stand out as essential to improving SSR initiatives.

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Syria’s raging civil war and the west’s inertia

07/08/2014 • Opinion

The Syrian imbroglio is very difficult, not intractable—and the west cannot continue to throw up its hands in despair.

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The New Criminal Blitz: Mali, Iraq and the Business of Asymmetry

25/07/2014 • Opinion

What does the ISIS insurgency in Iraq have in common with recent Islamist activity in Mali? Ivan Briscoe believes they’ve both elevated the obtaining of illicit income to new levels, thereby linking crime, Jihadism and the sectarian decomposition of the nation-state in more unpredictable ways.

Read more

Options for addressing the Syrian civil war

24/07/2014 • Reports and papers

This new CRU report outlines options for greater Western engagement in the Syrian civil war to halt the violence. It examines the war´s trajectory, international entanglements and current battlefield situation.

Read more

Corruption in the Northern Triangle: The siren song of crime

15/07/2014 • Opinion

Illicit networks combining crime, politics and business have extended their influence across Central America since the end of the region's civil wars.

Read more

Conflict, security and emerging threats

07/07/2014 • Reports and papers

The trends towards extreme fragmentation amongst armed groups, as well as the growing transnational linkages to conflict, pose new and as yet unresolved challenges for the international community.

Read more

Prolonging the agony of UNMISS

01/07/2014 • Reports and papers

The implementation challenges of a new mandate during a civil war.

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Hoe is Irak in deze complexe chaos beland?

21/06/2014 • Opinion

Vanuit het perspectief van de Syrische burgeroorlog valt veel te zeggen over de situatie in Irak. Op basis van lopend onderzoek van de Conflict Research Unit gaat Erwin van Veen in gesprek met Lex Bohlmeijer van de Correspondent.

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'Local' conflicts in transnational entanglements

01/07/2014

On Tuesday 1 July, Clingendael organizes a full day event under the umbrella of the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law on how peacekeeping can be made more fit-for-purpose in view of the transnational influences on many present-day conflicts.

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Holy war and liberal peace

16/06/2014 • Opinion

Europe's vaunted liberalism is growing hard to apply to the post-Spring Arab world.

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