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The Afghan people: Observing nearly 40 years of violent conflict

Richard Ghiasy

On Friday 29 September, an Islamic State suicide bomber disguised as a shepherd attacked a Shiite mosque in Kabul as worshippers were leaving. They killed five people and wounded at least 20 others. It was one of numerous attacks in Afghanistan this year.

Ounces of prevention, pounds of cure

Dr Gary Milante and Hannes Mueller

Gary Milante and Hannes Mueller make the case for preventive action, looking at the overall cost benefit as compared to conflict response.

A latent danger: The impact of anti-vehicle mines in modern conflict

Ursign Hofmann, Emma Bjertén-Günther and Yeonju Jung

This joint blog from GICHD and SIPRI sheds light on the impact and context of AVMs in Ukraine in order to highlight an important but often neglected humanitarian issue.

Why should the UN Security Council deal with climate security risks?

Dr Amiera Sawas and Dr Florian Krampe

Amiera Sawas and Florian Krampe put forward the case for the UN Security Council to put climate security risks on the agenda, as well as examining how Sweden could play a role in this as a non-permanent member of the Security Council in 2017 and 2018

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?

Dr 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.