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Drawing in the dragon: China’s involvement in Africa’s peace & security
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Drawing in the dragon: China’s involvement in Africa’s peace & security

By Semiha Abdulmelik: ‘Meaningful participation in African conflict-resolution processes is not an important aspect of China’s current Africa relations. China is becoming increasingly important in the landscape of African politics, including in conflict-affected theatres, but is not as significant an actor as external perceptions contend. Nor has the Chinese government shown any particular inclination for … Continue reading

Financing Terror, Part III: Kidnapping for ransom in the Philippines
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Financing Terror, Part III: Kidnapping for ransom in the Philippines

By Samuel A. Smith: Abstract: The international community has been relatively successful in restricting terrorist financing, so terrorist organisations have turned to alternative means to fund their organisations. The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is currently one of the most prominent terrorist organisations in the Philippines and Southeast Asia and is but one example of a … Continue reading

Following France: a new formula for military intervention
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Following France: a new formula for military intervention

By Jackson Webster: Since the end of the Cold War, American and European military forces have struggled to find a new purpose. Today’s military policy choices are driven by two conflicting philosophies. The first is continued concentration on the maintenance of large conventional forces by NATO powers. Accompanying this maintenance of hard power capability is … Continue reading

Financing Terror, Part II: Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism
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Financing Terror, Part II: Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism

By Claire Mennessier: Taliban fighters demobilising in Afghanistan. Photo: Isafmedia (some rights reserved) For the last 25 years Pakistan has been involved in the sponsoring of terrorism on a national and international scale. As a result of its role in the development of terrorism in Afghanistan and Indian Kashmir, Pakistan is a good example of a … Continue reading