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The narrow road to stability in Mali’s north

As talks continue to falter with Tuareg rebels behind the 2012 coup in the north, Malians describe to Virginia Comolli how poverty, corruption and now Ebola are other obstacles on the road to peace.

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    Virginia Comolli: The narrow road to stability in Mali’s north

    29 October 2014.  As talks continue to falter with Tuareg rebels behind the 2012 coup in the north, Malians describe to the IISS how poverty, corruption and now Ebola are other obstacles on the road to peace

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    Ben Barry: The anti-ISIS coalition - military plans and political risks

    24 October 2014. 

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    Nicholas Crawford: Kobane’s reprieve?

    23 October 2014.  For the first 20 days, coalition air-strikes in Syria appeared to do little to halt the advance by ISIS jihadists on the town of Kobane. But the operation did buy time for diplomacy and a shift in strategy to loosen the militants' grip. Can it continue to keep ISIS at bay?

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    Virginia Comolli: A reality check on the Boko Haram truce

    21 October 2014.  Continuing attacks, a lack of specific detail and silence from leader Abubakar Shekau mean that reports of a Boko Haram ceasefire may be premature

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    Adrian Hofer: A rogue Libyan general’s odd campaign

    17 October 2014.  Who is Khalifa Haftar, the former army general who has vowed to rid Libya of Islamists – and have his military operations against them helped or merely plunged the country into further chaos?

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    John Drennan: The new landscape of European security

    16 October 2014.  By John Drennan, Research Assistant, Russia and Eurasia Programme NATO is entering its fifth phase as it assesses its role post-Afghanistan, according to Derek Chollet, US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. This new phase focuses on issues much closer to home, as the Alliance works together to fight against the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and faces the crisis in Ukraine.  Speaking at...

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    Sarah Johnstone: Senegal’s war on Ebola

    16 October 2014.  By Sarah Johnstone, Assistant Editor, Online It would be, former Senegalese prime minister Aminata Touré promised, a ‘not very diplomatic’ speech. However, her 2014 Oppenheimer Lecture on ‘Human Security and Conflict Resolution in West Africa’ was in the end more forthright and passionate than it was revolutionary. During her London visit, the politician from one of West Africa’s most stable nations was invited into TV and radio studios to discuss the...

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    Professor Sir Michael Howard: The origins and purposes of the IISS

    13 October 2014.  On 9 October Professor Sir Michael Howard, President Emeritus of the IISS, spoke at the annual reception for current and prospective members under 35, held at the IISS–London offices at Arundel House. Discussing the origins of the IISS, Sir Michael highlighted the campaign for nuclear disarmament in the 1950s and 60s and the Institute’s beginnings as a home for information on this ‘most vital question which faced mankind’. As...

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    Mark Fitzpatrick: Mystery explosion at Iran's Parchin military complex

    10 October 2014.  Reports of an explosion or fire at the Parchin military complex in Iran have again raised questions about the country's nuclear facilities. Parchin is where Iran is suspected of conducting nuclear weapons-related experiments. Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme at IISS, has told BBC News that after so much international attention on the complex in recent years, 'it's unlikely that Iran would still be using it for nuclear...

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    Douglas Barrie: US arms control policy in the face of a resurgent Russia

    08 October 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Russia's behaviour over Ukraine has called into question the assumptions underpinning the US's approach to strategic deterrence that have been in place since the end of the Cold War, according to Elbridge Colby, the Robert M. Gates Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Speaking at the IISS on 6 October, on the subject of ‘US Arms Control Policy and...

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