Is There a Right to Humanitarian Intervention?
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Wildlife crime RUSI Newsbrief: Countering Poaching and Wildlife Crime: Engaging from the Ground Up 7 Jul 2015 by Cathy Haenlein, Tom Maguire
The bias towards militarised anti-poaching narratives needs to be rebalanced in favour of greater engagement with local communities in source areas (Free access) Africa
UNMISS RUSI Newsbrief: The UK Contribution to UN Peacekeeping: The Case of South Sudan 1 May 2015
While small in personnel terms, the UK’s contribution to the UN Mission in South Sudan adds significant value – and reciprocal benefits. A new UK government should consider expanding this form of engagement with UN operations International Institutions United Nations UK Africa Sudan
Abubakar Shekau Analysis: Can Chad Tip the Balance against Boko Haram? 12 Mar 2015 by Cathy Haenlein
As Boko Haram pledges allegiance to Daesh, recent military successes spearheaded by Chadian forces bode well for the new multilateral response to the group. But, without a longer-term domestic political and military strategy, hopes for an enduring solution to the insurgency should not be raised. Counter-insurgency Africa
Sierra Leone and AMISOM RUSI Journal: Sierra Leone’s Post-Conflict Peacekeepers: Sudan, Somalia and Ebola 2 Mar 2015 by Cathy Haenlein
With Western troop commitments to UN peacekeeping having shrunk since the 1990s, it is vital to understand what motivates poorer states to participate in peacekeeping operations International Institutions African Union United Nations Global Security Issues Africa
Buhari RUSI Newsbrief: Terrorism, Security and Politics: Nigeria’s 2015 Elections 27 Feb 2015
The management of Nigeria’s elections will prove pivotal in the context of growing political division and an unrelenting terrorist threat in the country’s northeast. Terrorism Africa
lake chad basin flag 2 Analysis: Is Big Brother in Trouble? Regionalisation of the Boko Haram Crisis Challenges Nigeria’s Leadership Position 26 Jan 2015
Nigeria’s inability to tackle Boko Haram has prompted neighbouring countries to look for external assistance and challenge Nigeria’s claim to leadership in West Africa. International Institutions United Nations Africa
Ebola mask RUSI Newsbrief: Learning From Ebola in Sierra Leone 26 Jan 2015 by Cathy Haenlein, Ashlee Godwin
The performance of Sierra Leone’s security forces under the severe test posed by Ebola reveals substantial lessons for future security-sector reform efforts (free access) Global Security Issues UK Defence Africa
AMISOM soldier close up RUSI Newsbrief: The Hydra-Headed Challenge of Al-Shabaab's Financing 26 Jan 2015 by Tom Maguire
Despite extensive efforts to close down its international sources of funding, Al-Shabaab continues to find new means to finance its activities from more diverse, localised and criminalised income streams Terrorism Al-Qa'ida Africa
AMISOM fighter RUSI Newsbrief: Fending For Themselves: Al-Qa'ida Affiliates and the Crime–Terror Nexus 26 Jan 2015 by Sasha Jesperson, Clare Ellis
As robust counter-terrorism financing measures post 9/11 have forced Al-Qa’ida affiliates to diversify their sources of income, greater attention needs to be paid to the nature and complexities of specific groups’ links to organised crime (free access) Organised Crime Terrorism Al-Qa'ida Africa
Kiir South Sudan thumb RUSI Newsbrief: The Battle for Leadership in South Sudan 26 Nov 2014 by Sasha Jesperson
With the most recent peace agreement in South Sudan having broken down, the country’s path towards peace looks set to be both long and troubled Africa Sudan
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