• Combating Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

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    Despite earning the inauspicious title in recent years as the shipping corridor with the highest number of piracy attacks in the world, regional responses to piracy and maritime security threats in the Gulf of Guinea, have been fragmentary. Maritime domain awareness remains low, interagency coordination is limited, and intra-regional coordination mechanisms that have been established are often underfunded.Read the full report by the Africa Security Brief of the ACSS ASB-30-Feb-2015-Combating-Piracy-in-GoG.pdf

 
  • Janjaweed Reincarnate: Sudan’s New Army of War Criminals

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    To breathe new energy into their fraying alliance with the Janjaweed, the Sudanese government offered a second life to one of its long-time clients: Mohammed Hamdan Dagolo, also known as “Hemmeti”…One decade after Darfur’s Janjaweed militiamen earned global infamy as “devils on horseback,” Sudan is experiencing brutal violence at their hands once again. The first six months of 2014 have brought devastating death and destruction on par with any time in recent memory, including the period from 2003 to 2005, which is widely considered the height of the genocide in Darfur. I found the report by Enough Project quite revealing and compulsive Read more

    Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 19:03
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  • Ebola: between public health and private profit

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    The mass media are not asking possibly the most fundamental question about ebola–given that ebola has been known to the international health community since 1976 (featuring in about 34 outbreaks), why was a vaccine not developed long ago?

    Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 09:55
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  • The Rise of the military's secret military

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    How big is the US secret military which has grown exponentially in recent years? It is time, the true size and scope of the U.S. military’s secret military began to come into focus.  It is, to say the least, vast. A review of  the information reveals that in 2012 and 2013, U.S. Special Operations forces (SOF) were likely deployed to — or training, advising, or operating with the personnel of — more than 100 foreign countries.   And that’s probably an undercount. SOCOM is weaving a complex web of alliances with government agencies at home and militaries abroad to ensure that it’s at the center of every conceivable global hotspot and power center.

    Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 09:58
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  • The Economics of the GERD and the Egyptian Military

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    The policy of the Egyptian government under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will revolve around the following issues. The first critical aspect is the quest for stability (istiqrar). Underpinning this is economic stability which will in turn shapes foreign policy. Given the history of President al Sisi the centre of gravity will be the Gulf both to secure economic resources and geopolitics of Sunni solidarity in the larger Middle East.

    Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 20:22
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