Month: November 2014

The Boko Haram Ceasefire and the Chadian Gambit

On 17 October, the Nigerian government unilaterally declared that it had entered into a ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram Islamists. The prevailing situation has sparked widespread debate on varying aspects of the alleged ceasefire. One aspect of the ceasefire which has not garnered as much attention, however, is the role Chad is playing in the negotiation process. What does the country have to gain by facilitating talks between Nigeria and the extremist group?

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America’s Chamberlain? Obama and the Challenge of American Power

Neville Chamberlain had to deal with a public opinion that was in many quarters vehemently against military engagement of any kind. Obama faces a similar challenge. After two, painful and largely unnecessary wars, American public opinion is weary of foreign adventures. Obama is not Neville Chamberlain. But like Neville Chamberlain, Obama risks now going down in history as an appeaser to an aggressor’s rise.

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Note – Georgia’s Security Sector Review Project Final Report 2014

The Atlantic Council of Georgia has published the Final Report of its Georgia Security Sector Review Project. The report offers a “review of the institutional, functional and legal aspects of the Georgian security sector,” in particular, its ministries of defence, internal affairs, as well as its intelligence agencies. The report also explores the question of oversight (both parliamentary and civic) and the role of non-governmental organizations in security sector reform.

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Is Military Intervention in Libya the Answer?

Three years after the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, Libya is fragmented into an alarming number of armed groups. France has called for action to be taken against what it calls the ‘terrorist threat on Europe’s doorstep.’ In light of a number of questionable post-9/11 interventions, the issue is whether military intervention is, in fact, the way to contain Libya’s instability, or whether it would only sink the country further into chaos.

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