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    Lessons Learned from Operational Partnerships in UN Peacekeeping

    From 2004-2014, forty-one attached, embedded, co-deployed or composite partnerships were part of UN peacekeeping operations. Although these collaborations had clear advantages, observe Paul Williams and his colleagues, they also confronted problems that have yet to be resolved. Here’s how to fix them. More

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    Why “No-fly zones” or “IS-free zones” Are Not a Solution in Syria

    Why does Hrair Balian think no-fly zones in Syria are a bad idea? As he sees it, they’ll only precipitate additional fighting, ensure the partition of the country into ungovernable fiefdoms, and further harm civilians. Indeed what’s really needed are macroscopic solutions, including accommodating the interests of Syria’s ‘friends’. More

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    American Commandos Use Niger for Training and More

    According to Joseph Trevithick, Niger is becoming an important hub for US counter-extremism activities in North and West Africa. The “temporary” but expanding efforts include drone operations, prepositioning supplies near Boko Haram sanctuaries, and conducting commando training for neighboring states. More

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    The Global Movement of Moderates: An Effective Counter to ISIS?

    Why has ASEAN established the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) Initiative? And more importantly, what can the Movement do to combat the ideologies of the so-called Islamic State and other extremist groups? Today, Kumar Ramakrishna tackles these related questions and others. More

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    Ethan Zuckerman on the Ethics of the Internet

    In this podcast, Ethan Zuckerman elaborates on the roles digital technologies and media currently play in globalization, and how they can potentially connect the world in more ethical and inclusive ways. More

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    Small Arms Survey

    This week's featured partner is the Small Arms Survey, which is located in Geneva, Switzerland. More


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The Ramifications of Water Scarcity in Central Asia

In today's video, Stratfor's Lauren Goodrich and Rebecca Keller discuss how water scarcity, when mixed with other factors, could lead to conflict and unrest in Central Asia. More on «The Ramifications of Water Scarcity in Central Asia»


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3 Sep 2015 Security Watch

Lessons Learned from Operational Partnerships in UN Peacekeeping

From 2004-2014, forty-one attached, embedded, co-deployed or composite partnerships were part of UN peacekeeping operations. Although these collaborations had clear advantages, observe Paul Williams and his colleagues, they also confronted problems that have yet to be resolved. Here’s how to fix them. More on «Lessons Learned from Operational Partnerships in UN Peacekeeping »


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3 Sep 2015 Security Watch

Why “No-fly zones” or “IS-free zones” Are Not a Solution in Syria

Why does Hrair Balian think no-fly zones in Syria are a bad idea? As he sees it, they’ll only precipitate additional fighting, ensure the partition of the country into ungovernable fiefdoms, and further harm civilians. Indeed what’s really needed are macroscopic solutions, including accommodating the interests of Syria’s ‘friends’. More on «Why “No-fly zones” or “IS-free zones” Are Not a Solution in Syria»


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3 Sep 2015ISN Blog

American Commandos Use Niger for Training and More

According to Joseph Trevithick, Niger is becoming an important hub for US counter-extremism activities in North and West Africa. The “temporary” but expanding efforts include drone operations, prepositioning supplies near Boko Haram sanctuaries, and conducting commando training for neighboring states. More on «American Commandos Use Niger for Training and More»


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6 Aug 2015 Publications

The Global Movement of Moderates: An Effective Counter to ISIS?

Why has ASEAN established the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) Initiative? And more importantly, what can the Movement do to combat the ideologies of the so-called Islamic State and other extremist groups? Today, Kumar Ramakrishna tackles these related questions and others. More on «The Global Movement of Moderates: An Effective Counter to ISIS?»


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3 Jun 2015 Audio

Ethan Zuckerman on the Ethics of the Internet

In this podcast, Ethan Zuckerman elaborates on the roles digital technologies and media currently play in globalization, and how they can potentially connect the world in more ethical and inclusive ways. More on «Ethan Zuckerman on the Ethics of the Internet»


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The Small Arms Survey is an independent research project located at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. It 1) serves as a source of public information on all aspects of small arms production, sales and trafficking on the international level, and 2) traces the relationship between these types of arms and organized violence. More on «Small Arms Survey»