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Revolutions are mysterious things. Defining them remains difficult, as does explaining when, how and why revolutionary conditions transform into actual uprisings. Regardless of these contextual problems, however, recent history has taught us that revolutions, both in their traditional and updated guises, will remain part of the global security landscape for some time to come. But is that good? There are certainly those who believe that democratic revolutions are both beneficial and worthy of support. In the other corner, however, there are those who believe that the risks surrounding revolutions may not be worth the costs. Not only will ruling political elites resort to stability-draining countermeasures, but the rebels might align themselves, in an act of expediency, with third parties with their own ‘unhelpful’ agendas.

Revolution: a Source of Insecurity and a Thing of the Past?

05 May 2014 / Article

What is revolution? Is it merely unwanted disorder or a meaning-providing push to be seen and heard by the dispossessed? And most importantly, are the revolutions we’re seeing today different from those of the past? To Eric Selbin, revisiting these questions is unavoidable if we are to understand this enduring phenomenon. More on «Revolution: a Source of Insecurity and a Thing of the Past?»

When Civil Conflict Ends

06 May 2014 / Article

The inevitable consequences of revolutions are economic and political insecurity, right? Not necessarily, says Anna Getmansky. While post-revolutionary states might end up being economically worse off than their neighbors, they can also end up being more democratic. More on «When Civil Conflict Ends»

An Early "Spring" in Bosnia?

07 May 2014 / Article

Will political protests in Bosnia-Herzegovina eventually lead to revolution? That remains to be seen, says Dejan Guzina. In the meantime, both revolutionists and the EU should learn two lessons from Ukraine’s current troubles – political elites don’t give up power easily and ‘worthwhile’ causes can be hijacked by extremists. More on «An Early "Spring" in Bosnia?»

Venezuela: Taking the Counter- out of Revolution

08 May 2014 / Article

Is the opposition to the excesses and failures of Chavismo just the latest installment of popular revolution to hit Venezuela? Not exactly, says Ivan Briscoe. The Maduro government’s opponents have found newer and seemingly more effective ways to pursue their aims. More on «Venezuela: Taking the Counter- out of Revolution»

Naxals' Foreign Links

09 May 2014 / Article

The links between India’s Naxal movement and other like-minded groups are well-established. What’s more worrying, writes Deepak Kumar Nayak, is just how little attention has been paid to the movement’s connections with militants supported by Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence. More on «Naxals' Foreign Links»

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