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    The Successes and Failures of Pakistan’s Operation Zarb-e-Azb

    According to official reports, Pakistan’s ongoing military campaign against Islamist insurgents in North Waziristan has been a great success. Farhan Zahid isn’t so sure. He’s concerned that Islamabad’s failure to coordinate its activities with Kabul has merely created new militant safe havens in Afghanistan. More

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    The Baltic Factor

    Why should the Baltic States play a more prominent role in the European Union’s engagement with the former Soviet space? David Erkomaishvili thinks they’re uniquely qualified to counter Moscow’s increasingly negative propaganda about the ‘mistreatment’ of Russian-speaking minorities. More

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    From Yemen to Gaza and Beyond: UK Arms Export Controls are Broken

    Andrew Smith ascribes the apparent breakdown of the UK’s arms export controls to a lack of political will. As he sees it, the government remains committed to maximizing arms sales rather than limiting them on ethical and/or legal grounds. More

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    Missing Missiles: The Proliferation of Man-portable Air Defence Systems in North Africa

    What happened to the MANPADS looted from Libyan depots in 2011? Have they fallen into the hands of armed groups in Northern Africa? And if so, what challenges do these weapons pose to aviation security? Find out in this Issue Brief by our partners at the Small Arms Survey. More

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    The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators

    Why have democracy promotion programs become increasingly ‘tame’? In today’s audio presentation, Sarah Bush blames the increased professionalization of NGOs, which has led to a growing preoccupation with self-preservation and protecting outside funding. More

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    Our featured partner this week is swisspeace, which is located in Bern, Switzerland. More


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Can Defense Export Control Reform Save the Pacific Pivot?

In this video, three experts explore the desirability of reforming the US’ existing arms export controls and setting up a Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty with Japan. They contend that these steps would 1) assist Asian states to deter potential Chinese aggression in the region, and 2) facilitate the US’ strategic pivot towards Asia. More on «Can Defense Export Control Reform Save the Pacific Pivot? »


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28 Jul 2015 Security Watch

The Successes and Failures of Pakistan’s Operation Zarb-e-Azb

According to official reports, Pakistan’s ongoing military campaign against Islamist insurgents in North Waziristan has been a great success. Farhan Zahid isn’t so sure. He’s concerned that Islamabad’s failure to coordinate its activities with Kabul has merely created new militant safe havens in Afghanistan. More on «The Successes and Failures of Pakistan’s Operation Zarb-e-Azb»


Riga, Latvia - Riflemen Monument at the Museum of Occupation
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28 Jul 2015 Security Watch

The Baltic Factor

Why should the Baltic States play a more prominent role in the European Union’s engagement with the former Soviet space? David Erkomaishvili thinks they’re uniquely qualified to counter Moscow’s increasingly negative propaganda about the ‘mistreatment’ of Russian-speaking minorities. More on «The Baltic Factor»


David Cameron currently in Saudi Arabia selling arms
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28 Jul 2015ISN Blog

From Yemen to Gaza and Beyond: UK Arms Export Controls are Broken

Andrew Smith ascribes the apparent breakdown of the UK’s arms export controls to a lack of political will. As he sees it, the government remains committed to maximizing arms sales rather than limiting them on ethical and/or legal grounds. More on «From Yemen to Gaza and Beyond: UK Arms Export Controls are Broken »


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Jun 2015 Publications

Missing Missiles: The Proliferation of Man-portable Air Defence Systems in North Africa

What happened to the MANPADS looted from Libyan depots in 2011? Have they fallen into the hands of armed groups in Northern Africa? And if so, what challenges do these weapons pose to aviation security? Find out in this Issue Brief by our partners at the Small Arms Survey. More on «Missing Missiles: The Proliferation of Man-portable Air Defence Systems in North Africa»


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12 Jul 2015 Audio

The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators

Why have democracy promotion programs become increasingly ‘tame’? In today’s audio presentation, Sarah Bush blames the increased professionalization of NGOs, which has led to a growing preoccupation with self-preservation and protecting outside funding. More on «The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators»


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Swisspeace is a practically-minded organization that strives to 1) build up local and international peacebuilding capacities, and 2) shape political and academic discourses on peace policy. It accomplishes these ends by performing and publishing research analyses, conducting various types of training, and providing a common space for personal networking, knowledge transfers, and the exchange of experiences. More on «swisspeace»