Month: June 2013

Yemen National Dialogue Conference: A Long Road Ahead

In mid-march 2013 Yemen began it’s National Dialogue Conference (NDC), a collection of 565 individuals representing various groups across Yemenites, partially in thanks to the endorsement of the UN Security Council. This conference will continue for several months while participants attempt to figure out the future in post-Arab Spring Yemen.

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Humanitarian Intervention Advocates Vindicated

Making R2P work more effectively lies in forging a consensus between the West and the world’s emerging (or re-emerging) powers. Somehow, a consensus will have to be forged between the West, India and Brazil’s desire to protest civilians and China and Russia’s efforts to defend their own raw interests and alliances.

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The Critical Role of the Security Sector in Situations of Displacement: Reflections from the 2013 WANA Forum

This past week, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Forum convened in Amman to consider the challenges posed by the “uprooted”, a term which the Forum adopted to refer to the situation of internally displaced persons, refugees and migrants. Interestingly, the security sector remained fundamentally absent from the WANA Forum’s discussions, highlighting the dearth of attention placed on the role played by military, police and border forces in managing displacement and migration.

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Mali: Cautious Optimism as Transition Begins

At the request of interim President Dioncounda Traoré, France led a military intervention to assist the Malian army and AFISMA in retaking Northern Mali. Since then, France has made significant gains and the fighting has subsided. At the national level, Malians have begun to implement a number of initiatives.

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Security Governance: Major Challenge for Pakistan’s New PM Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan’s newly elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League, has a daunting task ahead of him to provide security for his country’s 187 million citizens. Sharif has inherited the mushrooming Jihadist groups of the Punjab, Talibanization in North West Pakistan and Karachi, insurgency in Baluchistan, and deeply problematic security sector governance policies from previous governments.

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