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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
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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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Review of the UN Global Focal Point: Police, Justice & Corrections

12/06/2014 • Reports and papers

This report presents the results of an independent review of the progress that the United Nations (UN) Global Focal Point on Police, Justice and Corrections (GFP) has made since January 2012.

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Tackling Transnational Organised Crime: approaches and impacts

10/06/2014 • Reports and papers

A broad range of approaches and intervention strategies in different countries and contexts have been applied to tackle the spread of Transnational Organised Crime (TOC). To understand these better, this policy paper identifies six, inter-related and overlapping theories of change that guide the majority of programmes focused on TOC.

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Mali: kruitvat van wapens en grieven

06/06/2014 • Opinion

De wijdverbreide georganiseerde misdaad in Mali is een van de grondoorzaken van het extremistische geweld. Eenvoudige oplossingen zijn er niet.

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The strategic prizes of EU external action

02/06/2014 • Books and articles

The external action of the European Union lacks a sense of strategic purpose. Such purpose, however, should not be sought in classic diplomacy, hard security or geopolitics.

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