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Human Domain Mapping in 21st Century Warfare

4 Sep 2015 Security Watch

The terrain of 21st century warfare is both geographical and human. According to Derek Raymond, that means today’s militaries must map out a foe’s social dynamics, including his resistance networks, competing factions, leadership clusters, and other aspects of ‘human topography’. More on «Human Domain Mapping in 21st Century Warfare»


Protest in Venezuela Oct 2014
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Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster

4 Sep 2015 Security Watch

Is Venezuela heading for a humanitarian disaster of regional-level proportions? That’s what our partners at the International Crisis Group fear. At present, the country’s report card is indeed grim, especially in terms of 1) lost incomes; 2) major shortages of essential foods, medicines and other basic goods; and 3) diminished health services. More on «Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster»


United Nations Badge, courtesy of  UK Ministry of Defence
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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 »


Islamic State Swaths, courtesy of  Karl-Ludwig Poggemann
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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»