Palmarias of the Libyan Army destroyed by French air force near Benghazi, 19 March 2011. Photo: Bernd Brincken
Blog / International Security

To Save R2P, the International System Must Save Itself

Palmarias of the Libyan Army destroyed by French air force near Benghazi, 19 March 2011. Photo: Bernd Brincken

At the end of a century of violence, the international community decisively intervened in East Timor in 1999 to prevent atrocities occurring at the hand of Indonesian militias. Conducting the first successful intervention after Rwanda and Srebrenica …

A view over Kos Town to Turkey in the distance from the Asklepion (by JD554)
Blog / Europe

Kos and its Refugees

A view over Kos Town to Turkey in the distance from the Asklepion (by JD554)

I have recently visited the island of Kos which, due to its close proximity to Turkey, has received an influx of refugees. Those in Kos are part of about 230 000 refugees that have arrived in Greek islands (of a …

Royal Navy Frigate HMS Sutherland Conducts Night Firings with 4.5" Gun Off The Coast of Libya
Blog / International Security

Libya: Reminiscence of Operation Unified Protector

Royal Navy Frigate HMS Sutherland Conducts Night Firings with 4.5″ Gun Off The Coast of Libya (29 July, 2011) via Flickr Commons

On 17th March 2011 – the United Nations Security Council passed the resolution 1973 authorizing member states “to take all necessary measures” against any threat towards “civilians and civilian populated areas” in the …

HMS Dragon crossing the setting sun during operations in the Middle East – L(Phot) Dave Jenkins via Defence Imagery
Africa / Blog

Warships and Fishing Boats: EU’s ‘EUNAVFOR Med’ Libya Operation

HMS Dragon crossing the setting sun during operations in the Middle East – L(Phot) Dave Jenkins via Defence Imagery

The EU’s May 18th decision to use military force to tackle the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean is a significant development. The decision comes at a time of increasing pressure on Europe to act in the …

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Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Gulf Monarchies and the Arab Spring: The Reasons Behind Their Survival

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members before meeting via Wikimedia Commons

Mohammed Bouazizi – the Tunisian fruit vendor, famously known for his act of self-immolation due to severe living conditions he was encountering, along with the majority living there. His action outside the governor’s office triggered not only …

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Blog / International Security

The Battle of Libya

Libyan Militia – E. Arrott via Wikimedia Commons

 

The Situation in Libya and negative international response to the political and security chaos threatens the security of the Mediterranean and Sahara and its influence extends to Syria.

Oil and gas wealth were and still are the pillars of Libya during the Qaddafi regime and the current civil …

Blue helmets from Benin attend a funeral in honour of 2 Senegalese peacekeepers killed in Kidal, Mali last year. Photo Source: Mission de l'ONU au Mali - UN Mission in Mali via Flickr Creative Commons
Blog / International Development

Peacekeeping in the United Nations: An Unequal Burden?

Contingent of Nepalese Peacekeepers arrive in Juba, South Sudan. Photo source: United Nations Photo via Flickr Creative Commons

The argument can be made that the United Nations is poorly equipped to deal with the complexities of social and political issues in the 21st century. Often fatal combinations of arduous bureaucracy and the Security Council veto have …

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Africa / Blog

High price, low benefit: Middle East and Africa as French image-making tools

Rebels in Central African Republic – hdtpcar via Wikimedia Commons

 

CAR, Mali, Syria, two years earlier — Libya; France became initiator of the military operation in Libya, actively providing ”Arab Spring” rebels with weapons and specialists, recognizing members of revolutionary committees as official representatives of Libya and Syria, sent troops to Mali to establish peace …