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The emerging reality in Palestine: entrenched occupation and “fragnation”
Bethlehem Wall creative graffiti by delayed gratification with CC license from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/joshhough/321999512/in/photolist-dWW21h-uskeJ-cRKjvh-9kFRs Hiba Husseini , Omar M. Dajani 30 October 2014
As Israel’s occupation has become increasingly entrenched, Palestinian economic and political life has become fragmented and stagnant. These trends are mutually reinforcing, creating a dynamic – what we call “fragnation”  – that threatens to undermine two decades of investment in state-building and security cooperation and... more  
Conflicting dilemmas: economic growth, natural resources and indigenous populations in South America
Mining in the high Andes Peru by Matthew Burpee with CC license from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/mburpee/3016820939/in/photolist-5AzZL8-2x9DXw-4ww5NV-2x5hgF-2x9CVC-2x9Dcm-4wA4h5-qtK4C-2x5hXH-qtK4y-3YPvR5-qtK4w-4ym3h7-31dV9g-7rutBS-6HPouy-7pxSoB-edZBFq-oqayax-iZAvwo-ftJ6Ar-6n19va-56y6-bemAjV-fmAYyz-7pBPXN-fm9uft-dtLBKP-obU5w-afGzZ-fVewBQ-5NZQVm-5XJ3kp-ourgzu-5u18Ud-5NVyEr-5NZQFQ-5NVyiF-5NZPzU-5NZPn7-5NZQo7-5NVzJk-dKauA-bs7V2H-ogvw5A-hQxnSc-edTVFP-fipD4L-5XNiaY-fkzYmm/ María A. Guzmán-Gallegos 3 November 2014
South American countries have experienced impressive economic growth in the last two decades. This growth, based on natural resource exports and increasing natural resource extraction, is largely dependent on the expansion of the economies of Brazil and China. The cautious optimism that current economic growth may lead to more equitabl... more  
Djihadisme sans frontiers? Boko Haram's regional and international links
BBOG3MAYNYC_DCS_0367 by Michael Fleshman with CC license from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleshmanpix/14112626401/in/photolist-nv5U9R-ndT4AT-ndT5UC-ndSYzx-by6MQM-9ogNcc-4FV4pn-4FV4yR-4FZdky-4FV9wk-4FZdY1-4FV3Sa-4FZfJf-4FV8g6-4FV9eM-4FV9qn-4FZfQY-4FZhgW-4FUZsz-4FZh1E-4FV2tB-4FV7ht-4FUYo6-4FZeAW-4FZ9SN-4FZ9x9-4FV7Er-4FV2pD-4FV8an-4FZcXG-4FZdtL-4FV5kV-4FV3ZM-4FV5p8-4FZg95-4FZgKj-4FV6a6-4FV1fk-4FZaPE-4FV24r-4FZagJ-4FV8Hc-4FV4S2-4FUZ9K-mWAoAK-mWAyTZ-mWAqmD-mWAKjr-mWADKR-mWAuKZ Patrick Smith 28 October 2014
Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan portrays Boko Haram as a regional al-Qa’ida operation linked with international jihadist terrorism networks, but all the indications are that the group remains a predominantly Nigerian issue, and political and security solutions need to be found domestically. International responses need to be cogni... more  
The streets, the ballot box and consensus: high-stakes elections in Tunisia
Tunisia elections by Amine Ghrabi under license CC BY-NC 2.0 Hamza Meddeb 24 October 2014
The October 2014 parliamentary elections will be crucial for Tunisia. The political polarisation that began in the streets between the Islamists of Ennahda and the parties rooted in the old regime could be confirmed in the polling booth. The fierceness of any ensuing conflicts is likely to be commensurate with the issues: access to sta... more  
Boko Haram: origins, challenges and responses
Nigeria-Unrest by Diariocritico de Venezuela with CC license from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/diariocriticove/14237725034/in/photolist-nG94BQ-nFSyDX-npEQFJ-nDSQVc-bhMoWV-nfFTPG-6UJ16R-pHqHDz-nKYVoc-nKHJm5-pqfmju-nffoHo-6UHZJk-ghAH5p-o2Y6vM-pHJr1E-nvxjxp-agySyy-nKYMkC-6UN47S-6UN4Pd-ghADEu-nioo9W-bwUqt1-nBoxJU-p6GvQ3-nxRwYf-nM6ZVH-9VvsnF-nQYEtn-imwUq1-nh1PZa-ng23tM-f1CbyG-nh1Znu-nydxF2-nh21go-nh1TGT-dhGhm4-nHsLSU-9tciFs-9Vvsw6-9Vyidy-b52jMR-ehM2Dm-cVsK7Q-oeyWNp-aUhLhe-nvKrFX-nzqrSS John Campbell 20 October 2014
Boko Haram is unique in that it combines a sectarian, radical Islamic agenda with violence. Its stated goal is the establishment of a sharia state, but it shows little interest in actually governing or implementing economic development. Still the struggle between the government and Boko Haram has dire humanitarian consequences. more  
The U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State: many questions, few answers
 F-18F Super Hornet takes off from USS Enterprise by UK Ministry of Defence with CC license from Flickr Yossi Alpher 14 October 2014
The U.S. commitment to "ultimately destroy" the Islamic State implies an extended military commitment in a highly complex Middle East environment. By looking at the strategic issues that emerge from this dynamic, we can hope better to understand impending developments. more  
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