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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»


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Whither Ukraine?

27 Apr 2015 Security Watch

What steps might Germany take to help resolve the Ukraine crisis? Samir Tata argues that Berlin should try and ensure that the country 1) retains its territorial integrity, 2) adapts a dual economic system, much like Hong Kong and China, 3) adopts a federal governmental structure similar to the US model, and more. More on «Whither Ukraine?»


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Gulf of Secrets: The Evolution of Gulf State Intelligence Services

24 Apr 2015 Security Watch

Why have the Gulf States both professionalized their intelligence services and expanded their capabilities? As Austin Long sees it, three strategic shifts forced the states to act – the rising securitization of terrorism, the fear of US disengagement from the region, and the growing influence of Iran. More on «Gulf of Secrets: The Evolution of Gulf State Intelligence Services»