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Marines during a training scenario focused on non-lethal systems and basic infantry skills
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The Perils of Peacekeeping in Unstabilized Environments

26 Mar 2015 Security Watch

MINUSMA operations in Mali confirm that peacekeeping missions are increasingly being conducted in complex and asymmetric environments. For Sofia Sebastian, how the UN addresses the dilemmas posed by such missions will have a big impact on which tools it has available to resolve future global security problems. More on «The Perils of Peacekeeping in Unstabilized Environments»


Maqwa Oil Fields, courtesy of United Nations Photo
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Iraq’s Continuing Struggle with Conflict Pollution

26 Mar 2015 Security Watch

Are Iraq’s struggles with the so-called Islamic State complicating its efforts to recover from the environmental damage caused by both Gulf Wars? Wim Zwijnenburg believes so. He also thinks the country is a perfect example of why the international community needs to focus more on conflict pollution. More on «Iraq’s Continuing Struggle with Conflict Pollution»


The Peacekeeping Monument, courtesy of  Jamie McCaffrey
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Past, Present, and Future: The Evolution of Canadian Foreign Intelligence in a Globalized World

25 Mar 2015 Security Watch

According to Michael Tierney, Canada’s intelligence community has markedly increased its foreign intelligence capabilities since 9/11. What’s interesting about that is that the government’s mandate to collect foreign HUMINT has been limited. More on «Past, Present, and Future: The Evolution of Canadian Foreign Intelligence in a Globalized World»