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The Ukraine/Crimea crisis: ramifications for the Middle East
Syrians hold pictures of Assad and Putin by Freedom House with cc license from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/syriafreedom/6959636781/in/photolist-bAZXxB-fPXVM5-eS69hi-gjgX1t-fPirfd-fJZLQq-fVJ7Q5-fVJ3rd-fVHYx2-eSfbmj-bAU3eF-mHr7mr-3JsRA-bxE8X6-kzZ3zR-byExHM-bhWBbB-fNzhcx-dPb4eb-fJV4nx-bo91uf-bKpHfg-eSBiMR-fJQN2v-fQhuMj-fQhuKG-fQhuLQ/ Yossi Alpher 4 April 2014
The events of recent months in and around Ukraine, culminating in Russia's annexation of Crimea, have far-reaching potential ramifications for the Middle East. This expert analysis describes the Middle East regional fallout from the annexation, bearing in mind that we are addressing an international dynamic that is still unfolding. more  
Return to war in South Sudan
SPLA soldiers redeploy South by United Nations Photo with cc license from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/35483578@N03/4682384562/in/photolist-88LrNj-e2uRtT-9PDWn6-gbDFqq-bASmHN-bPM1DV-bASmfq-bPM1fk-eifqd1-9bywFL-9bvqhz-9bvqje-92o6RU-eKCKW7-9NV8Hw-bhJVgi-bhJVQi-foRsJd-foCHSi-fmNMf-a3S1rs-a1NXYL-a361xk-9NSiJR-88mUhn-92o6WU-bhJVyH-bhJVrH-6aGovk-ctmgU1-ctmLds Gunnar M. Sørbø 2 April 2014
While the crisis in South Sudan that started in December 2013 was triggered by a power struggle in the ruling party (SPLM), the causes for the rapid breakdown of peace run deep. South Sudan has been at odds with itself for a long time. A weak but centralised government, scarce resources, patronage politics, the legacy of war, and a lac... more  
Brazil’s rising profile in United Nations peacekeeping operations since the end of the cold war
UN Brazil by Ben Tavener with cc license from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/bentavener/7290085534/ Rita Santos , Teresa Almeida Cravo 31 March 2014
Aspiring to become a world power, Brazil has assumed a role in peace and security that is more consistent with enhanced international responsibility. Yet, as this report highlights, this transformation has been characterised by dilemmas that are a product of the country’s simultaneous legitimation and contestation of the international... more  
South Africa and the African Peace and Security Architecture
https://www.flickr.com/photos/equatorial_guinea/5887945845/in/photolist-9YigaF-dUbgMX-dUbgFr-dUbgJ4-dSpcKX-dSpcwM-dSuLS5-dSpcB4-dSpcHZ-dSuM2y-dSpcSV-dSuMkU-dSpcQT-dSpcUt-dSuLX9-dSpcyr-dQD1xy-dQxq1M-dQxq2a-evvzyh-evtGi4-evtG3n-dUgTew-h5VpAH-e1v3Lp-e1v3Pg-e1v3Hn-dJJGyB-dJQ9rS-h5VqLD-e1v3R8-e1v3Dn-e1v3BM-dJJGAT-dNsEcU-dJQ9uu-dQzZED-dUbcYt-dNn5zk-dNsEho-dJJGAv-dUbgAg-dQFA3S-dJJGBi-dNn5CV-dNsEo1-dNsEj9-dQFAd5-dADEZv-dAK8RY-dAK9vh/ Anthoni van Nieuwkerk 26 March 2014
This report interprets South Africa’s contribution to the evolution and performance of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) of the African Union (AU). It examines the evolution of APSA, provides an overview of the post-apartheid South African government’s Africa policy, and concludes with some insights derived from interv... more  
Seeking security in Africa: China’s evolving approach to the African Peace and Security Architecture
Vice President of China arrives in South Africa by GovernmentZA with cc license from Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/governmentza/8225627565/sizes/m/in/photolist-dwSuuV-6L9KrN-9F1M1p-7du1dy-9F1LVa-9F4GEh-8ZyqyB-8ap2cD-8MBDdG-7cY6CB-fcdy6e-b1ttUZ-fcyEvw-9smA2a-9spzum-bWLwJV-5gku5Q-8PNgnv-4wP4Da-5bWs5L-xmAck-8jcuBi-bxZnV6-9F1LYR-3AHs9x-85Sjwe-85Vszb-cmHRHA-4juK48-c195wU-9F1LX2-9F4Gn5-9F1LPt-9F1LRc-8kryYM-8kuLaQ-8uA3ka-4iZ9SP-dUgskA-6vkHY8-KJ7CM-gPSe8q-cp4c1Q-7pV9es-tQ4C9-51KQjg-aRjvke-aRjnTP-aRjvor-aRjeRZ-aRjv9c/ Chris Alden 24 March 2014
China is on course to becoming more deeply involved in Africa’s security landscape. While the motivation behind Chinese involvement remains primarily economic, the growing exposure of its interests to the vagaries of African politics, as well as pressures to demonstrate greater global activism, are bringing about a reconsideration of B... more  
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