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The Cost of the Security Sector: How the Money Question can Lead to Questions about Purpose

21 Apr 2014 Security Watch

When it comes to Security Sector Reform (SSR), effectiveness and expediency have often trumped affordability. But that’s beginning to change. Today, Bernard Harborne looks at war-torn African states to show how financial considerations are now shaping SSR programs in unprecedented ways. More on «The Cost of the Security Sector: How the Money Question can Lead to Questions about Purpose»


Gas pipes, courtesy of Buridans Esel/flickr
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Troubled Pipelines in Burma

18 Apr 2014 Security Watch

Nicholas Borroz believes the Sino-Burmese pipelines project could yield significant economic and political benefits for Beijing and Naypyidaw. Yet, there are problems that both countries need to keep in mind, including that the pipelines will pass through some of Burma’s more restive provinces. More on «Troubled Pipelines in Burma»


Pro-Morsi Protesters and Muslim Brotherhood Militias, courtesy of Moud Barthez /flickr
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Religious Polarization in Middle Eastern Politics

17 Apr 2014 Security Watch

International media coverage of the Middle East continues to underplay two worrying trends, writes Patrick Balbierz. Muslims have become deeply polarized and rifts between religious and secular political parties are threatening the region at a crucial point in its transformation. More on «Religious Polarization in Middle Eastern Politics»