Category: David Law

The 2014 NATO Summit: President Putin’s Take

Since rereading the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit Declaration issued in Cardiff, Wales, David Law aims to put himself in President Putin’s place in order to understand how Putin, directly or through his advisors, would react to the Declaration. This article is an attempt at this exercise.

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A War Too Far: Israel’s Military Campaign in Gaza

Since 1948, Israel has fought seven regional wars, has had to deal with two intifadas (with the possibility of a third) as well as three localised conflicts in and around Gaza after abandoning the territory in 2005. While Israel has a right to defend itself, it also has a responsibility to understand why a significant portion of the Palestinian population is prepared to endure unspeakable suffering to obtain what it feels is just.

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South Sudan: Going South?

Security Governance Group Senior Associate David Law draws on his experience providing security sector training in South Sudan to dissect the multi-layered challenge the country faces in overcoming its fault-lines. He argues that the South Sudan case demonstrates that for SSR and security governance to be more effective, an understanding of a state’s many constituent parts is necessary.

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SSR and the Crisis in CAR

Security Governance Group Senior Associate David Law looks at the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR). He reflects on his own experiences in the country and describes the shortcomings of previous attempts to reform the security sector, which failed to prevent the current situation.

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Revisiting the Western Balkans

David Law recently returned to the Western Balkans after an absence of over a year to attend a conference that brought together Parliamentary Defence and Security Committees from several countries of the region, as well as Turkey. The venue was Rakitje, the headquarters of RACVIAC, an organisation originally set up to supervise disarmament arrangements among the former Yugoslav republics, but now focuses on promoting regional dialogue and cooperation more generally.

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