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Lessons Learned from Operational Partnerships in UN Peacekeeping

3 Sep 2015 Security Watch

From 2004-2014, forty-one attached, embedded, co-deployed or composite partnerships were part of UN peacekeeping operations. Although these collaborations had clear advantages, observe Paul Williams and his colleagues, they also confronted problems that have yet to be resolved. Here’s how to fix them. More on «Lessons Learned from Operational Partnerships in UN Peacekeeping »


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Why “No-fly zones” or “IS-free zones” Are Not a Solution in Syria

3 Sep 2015 Security Watch

Why does Hrair Balian think no-fly zones in Syria are a bad idea? As he sees it, they’ll only precipitate additional fighting, ensure the partition of the country into ungovernable fiefdoms, and further harm civilians. Indeed what’s really needed are macroscopic solutions, including accommodating the interests of Syria’s ‘friends’. More on «Why “No-fly zones” or “IS-free zones” Are Not a Solution in Syria»


Troops from the 82nd Airborne Division wait at the Port-au-Prince, Haiti, airport after an early morning flight Jan. 16, 2010.
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Retrenchment Chic: The Dangers of Offshore Balancing

2 Sep 2015 Security Watch

Should America pursue a minimalist foreign policy that’s often described as offshore balancing? Not according to Hal Brands. Wanting to retrench the US’ force posture and alliance commitments is based on questionable ‘less-is-more’ logic. After all, how does reduced engagement magically lead to greater security and influence? More on «Retrenchment Chic: The Dangers of Offshore Balancing»


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Tension Highlights North Korea’s Limitations

2 Sep 2015 Security Watch

According to Shim Jae Hoon, North Korea’s recent and ‘blood-curdling’ threats against Seoul underscore the country’s weaknesses. Indeed, shifting global ties have made Pyongyang’s all-to-familiar strong-arm tactics increasingly puerile, ineffective and hollow. More on «Tension Highlights North Korea’s Limitations »