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Jan. 11: The politics of peacekeeping in Africa: the end of indifference?

Sharon Wiharta

As fragile and uncertain as the developments in Côte d’Ivoire and Sudan at the start of 2011 appear, each contains encouraging evidence of something new happening in Africa.

The African Union mission in Somalia: decision time

Paul D. Williams

The African Union (AU) dubbed 2010 the year of ‘peace and security in Africa’. For the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) it has been anything but.

Will pinning NATO’s security to missile defence lead to more cohesion?

Dr Ian Anthony

A steady and incremental growth of ballistic missile capabilities is taking place fairly close to the perimeter of NATO as several countries improve the range and accuracy of their missiles.

Oct. 10: Europe’s history offers lessons for today’s security challenges

Göran Lennmarker

Twentieth-century Europe was at several times the most horrific place on earth. Perhaps as many as 100 000 000 people were killed by war and oppression. Two world wars started here. Concentration camps and gulags were used as instruments of utter repression.

The mining ban in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: will soldiers give up the habit?

Ruben de Koning

On 11 September, during a tour of Nord-Kivu province, Congolese President Joseph Kabila announced that all artisanal mineral exploitation in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was suspended.

The European security architecture two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall: can Russia be integrated?

Twenty years after the end of the cold war, the need for a sincere and critical effort to review the European security architecture is increasingly recognized on both sides of the Atlantic.

The role of deterrence in future NATO strategy

Dr Ian Anthony

Prior to the recent meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Tallinn, the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the alliance continues to need a credible nuclear deterrent for ‘as long as there are rogue regimes or terrorist groupings that may pose a nuclear threat to us’.

Swedish declaration on the elimination of nuclear weapons

Nuclear weapons kill immediately and kill over time. They cause devastation and environmental disaster. Twenty-five years ago a UN scientific commission warned that even a limited use of existing nuclear weapons could result in a nuclear winter over large areas over the earth.

July/Aug 10: Eurasian security arrangements face reality check after Kyrgyzstan crisis

Dr Neil John Melvin

The bloody events in Kyrgyzstan in the summer of 2010 have created a new security situation in Eurasia.

Making a new START in Russian–US nuclear arms control

Shannon N. Kile

Don't open the champagne just yet, but Russia and the United States are tantalizingly close to the finish line in their negotiations on a new nuclear arms reduction treaty to replace the 1991 Treaty on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START Treaty).