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Normandy format talks in Minsk in February 2015
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Harsh Realities in Ukraine

30 Jun 2015 Security Watch

What do recent diplomatic developments tell us about the status of both Europe and Ukraine? According to Dmitri Trenin, Washington and Moscow seem content to keep the Ukrainian conflict frozen, Europe needs to develop its own strategy to deal with Russia, and the Baltic States and Poland should feel safe – Moscow isn’t after them. More on «Harsh Realities in Ukraine»


Young Arab Boys
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Emerging from the Black Hole — The UN’s Fight against Youth Radicalization

30 Jun 2015 Security Watch

According to the United Nations News Centre, the UN needs to revisit its work on women, peace and security if it hopes to dampen youth-driven extremism. In other words, it needs to treat the young as peacebuilders in an inclusive system that brings progressive youth policies to the fore. More on «Emerging from the Black Hole — The UN’s Fight against Youth Radicalization»


US soldier conducts a training with Nigerian soldiers
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Think Twice About More Military Aid to Nigeria

29 Jun 2015 Security Watch

William Hartung thinks the United States should not provide additional military advisors to support Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram. Given the Nigerian military’s record of corruption and human rights violations, such aid will most likely be useless, if not outright counterproductive. More on «Think Twice About More Military Aid to Nigeria»


US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Marc Grossman with Pakistani President Zardari, courtesy US Embassy Pakistan/flickr
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Pakistan's "Ambivalence" in Yemen

29 Jun 2015 Security Watch

Why has Pakistan not contributed to the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen? Sulaiman Wasty thinks the decision is a sign of the times. Islamabad currently has a host of domestic and foreign policy priorities that trump its ‘special relationship’ with Riyadh. More on «Pakistan's "Ambivalence" in Yemen»