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A10A Warthog 30mm Gatling Gun
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DU-Turn? The Changing Political Environment around Toxic Munitions

28 Apr 2015 Security Watch

Is international pressure forcing the United States to backpedal on its use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions? Maybe, say Wim Zwijnenburg and Doug Weir, but stigmatizing Washington isn’t enough. What’s really needed is a broader international framework that addresses all the toxic remnants of war. More on «DU-Turn? The Changing Political Environment around Toxic Munitions»


Humanitarian Relief in Pakistan, courtesy of Marines
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The Failure of Foreign Aid to Pakistan

28 Apr 2015 Security Watch

Sunil Dasgupta believes that external foreign aid hasn’t helped curtail extremist violence in Pakistan. That’s because the aid has focused too much on minimizing the Pakistani state’s weaknesses and ignored the real problem – too many people in the country believe that violent extremism is politically legitimate. More on «The Failure of Foreign Aid to Pakistan»


MINUSMA Peacekeeper on patrol in Bamako
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Why Peace Negotiations in Mali Will Not Succeed

27 Apr 2015 Security Watch

Ever since Azawad rebels rejected a UN-brokered deal in March, the peace process in Mali has gone nowhere. Restarting it isn’t the only problem, though. As Sofia Sebastian sees it, true peace won’t come to the country until the links between rebel groups and transnational criminal networks are effectively broken. More on «Why Peace Negotiations in Mali Will Not Succeed»