International Security

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Oppressing Islamists and Domestic Insecurity in Egypt and Tajikistan

Oppressing Islamists and Domestic Insecurity in Egypt and Tajikistan

Is the oppression of Islamists a mobilizing factor for mass mobilization against the state? The case studies of Egypt and Tajikistan provide interesting insights.

Promoting Democracy in Serbia — The Limits of EU Conditionality

Promoting Democracy in Serbia — The Limits of EU Conditionality

Despite the EU’s use of conditionality, Serbia remains far from constituting a consolidated democracy, and recent trends suggest it may be backsliding.

Unmasking the Colombian Peace Accord: FARC Strategy in a Never-Ending Conflict

Unmasking the Colombian Peace Accord: FARC Strategy in a Never-Ending Conflict

The recent peace agreement between the Columbian government and FARC guerrillas is unlikely to end the conflict as it comes directly from the FARC strategy.

Is Ethnic Conflict Avoidable?

Is Ethnic Conflict Avoidable?

Until the international community prioritises human security over the security of the state, leaders will continue to avoid intervening in conflicts without individual gains.

Security State Logic and Neoliberal Splendor: The Treasure Trove Border

Security State Logic and Neoliberal Splendor: The Treasure Trove Border

The United States has created a paradoxical border with Mexico by restricting the flow of people while at the same time encouraging the free-flow of goods and capital.

Anti-Smuggling Operations in the Central Mediterranean

Anti-Smuggling Operations in the Central Mediterranean

This essay addresses the challenges raised by the uncertainty of the legal framework and the dubious practices of operations dealing with migrant smuggling into the EU.

Engaging the Insecure Pariah: North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions

Engaging the Insecure Pariah: North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions

US and China should recognise and mitigate North Korea’s insecurities to establish a constructive dialogue to dissolve tensions regarding Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.

Terrorist Groups and the ‘Oxygen of Publicity’

Terrorist Groups and the ‘Oxygen of Publicity’

Rapidly changing media environment provides terrorists with the type of publicity they need to fulfill their goals.

Will Armed Humanitarian Intervention Ever Be Both Lawful and Legitimate?

Will Armed Humanitarian Intervention Ever Be Both Lawful and Legitimate?

At present, armed humanitarian intervention cannot be lawful and legitimate, but conflicts in Libya and Syria show the prospects of a renewed and robust R2P framework.

A Comparison of Private Security Contractors & State-Based Armed Forces

A Comparison of Private Security Contractors & State-Based Armed Forces

Private security contractors are on the rise in military conflicts. Are they different to state-based troops?

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