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.
The events in Ukraine pose fundamental questions about NATO's military and political ability to uphold its obligations to defend the Alliance's member states. Article 5 is suddenly back in the centre of everybody’s attention.
Hoe de echo van de Oekraïne doorklinkt van Beijing tot de Zuid-Chinese Zee. China zit in een spagaat. Tussen het hooghouden van haar normen van non-interventie aan de ene kant en de realiteit van het gedrag van bondgenoot Rusland aan de andere kant. Wat zijn de belangen van China inzake de Oekraïne?
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.
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.