All Security Watch stories
23 Apr 2014
Ethnic Somalis Under Pressure in Kenyan Capital
Kenya claims that its crackdown on its Somali community is in response to a series of explosions that have rocked Nairobi. IRIN reports, however, that local community leaders have a different explanation for what’s happening. They see it as yet another heavy-handed measure that unfairly targets ethnic Somalis. More on «Ethnic Somalis Under Pressure in Kenyan Capital»
22 Apr 2014
Jihadists in Syria: Indonesian Extremists Giving Support?
Is the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) attracting growing support in Indonesia? Not necessarily, says Navhat Nuraniyah. As he sees it, the country’s extremist groups are merely expressing ‘passive support’ for the Middle East-based Jihadists. More on «Jihadists in Syria: Indonesian Extremists Giving Support?»
21 Apr 2014
The Cost of the Security Sector: How the Money Question can Lead to Questions about Purpose
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»
18 Apr 2014
Troubled Pipelines in Burma
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»
17 Apr 2014
Religious Polarization in Middle Eastern Politics
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»
16 Apr 2014
Why Don't Europeans Use NATO and the EU?
Indeed, why are European states increasingly giving short shrift to NATO and EU-driven defense cooperation? The answer is simple, argues Bence Németh – they aren’t satisfied with the possibilities these two organizations now offer. More on «Why Don't Europeans Use NATO and the EU?»
15 Apr 2014
The Forever War? Military Control in Sri Lanka's North
Is the Sri Lankan government finally bowing to international pressure and demilitarizing its most restive and northern province? Not according to the ICG. Colombo’s claim that its security forces are gradually being relieved of their ‘regional reconstruction’ duties is a mere fiction. More on «The Forever War? Military Control in Sri Lanka's North»
14 Apr 2014
Not a New Cold War: Great Game II
Are Russia and the West about to revisit the ritualized competition of the Cold War? Not according to Mark Galeotti. A more useful analogy is the Great Game, that freewheeling 19th century struggle between Great Britain and Russia over Central Asia. More on «Not a New Cold War: Great Game II»
11 Apr 2014
Are the UK and France on the Same Page?
Do London and Paris remain in sync since signing the Lancaster House defense and security treaties of 2010? When it comes to closer cooperation between their armed forces, the answer is yes, says Benoît Gomis. But that hasn't stopped the agreements from being buffeted about by domestic politics. More on «Are the UK and France on the Same Page?»
10 Apr 2014
China's Ambitious African Railways Plan: Reviving Imperial Dreams?
China is committed to rehabilitating the railway infrastructure in some of the most fragile parts of Africa. In doing so, Beijing is reviving the most ambitious projects ever conceived by the continent’s former colonial masters, or so thinks Loro Horta. More on «China's Ambitious African Railways Plan: Reviving Imperial Dreams?»