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Success of Joint Force Sahel depends on local actor engagement

Annelies Hickendorff, Aurélien Tobie and Dr Jaïr van der Lijn

Annelies Hickendorff looks at how the newly launched Joint Force Sahel requires-for success-a strong civilian component that focuses on development and governance through a bottom-up strategy promoting economic progress, alternative livelihoods, democratic civilian oversight, transparency and accountability.

Mine action in the era of the SDGs and sustaining peace

Yeonju Jung

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty. After two decades, however, there are continuing struggles against mines/ERWs and their effects on human security and development.

President Trump’s speech in Warsaw: Problematising ‘Western values’ and the case for inclusivity

Dr Ian Anthony

On 6 July 2017, in his first major speech on foreign soil addressing security issues, President Donald Trump focused his attention on the need for states that constitute ‘the West’ to take the steps needed to address what the President labelled ‘dire threats to our security and to our way of life’.

The EU common defence: Deeper integration on the horizon?

Lina Grip

The EU Global Strategy is considered the outcome of a review of the European Security Strategy (ESS) in light of the dramatic changes in the EU’s security environment since 2003, alongside the substantial institutional and legal developments caused by enlargement and the Lisbon Treaty.

Renewal of MINUSMA: A missed opportunity for new generation of DDR

Annelies Hickendorff and Dr Jaïr van der Lijn

By not acknowledging important aspects of Mali’s continuously changing security environment, the UN Security Council has missed the opportunity to use MINUSMA’s mandate renewal to strengthen the DDR process.

How Brazil’s political and economic crisis affects its military spending

Diego Lopes da Silva

Brazil's military spendng decreased by 7.2% in 2016, which is related to the political and economic crises currently affecting the country.

The African Union’s road to financial independence: Pragmatic or ideological?

Maria Osula

Recognizing its growing financial dependence on external partners, the African Union has proposed an ambitious self-financing programme.

Cultural diversity for dialogue and development

Dr Anastasia Aladysheva

May 21 is the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Given today’s conflicts, political uncertainties and support for nationalism, it is important to be reminded of the benefits that diversity brings to development.

The need for dialogue on common security challenges in Europe

Dr Lars-Erik Lundin

Dr Lars-Erik Lundin looks back at the role of dialogue in resolving previous European security challenges and argues that a simliar approach is needed today.

Technology at the service of peace

Olivier Cottray and Helena Puig Larrauri

Technology and innovation have a role to play in peace. Two sessions at the upcoming 2017 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development will focus on how technology can be harnessed to aid peacebuilding programmes via the emerging field of peacetech.