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Unity restored among GCC states

At a surprise meeting in Riyadh two days ago, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain agreed to return their ambassadors to Qatar. This decision ends eight months of tensions with Doha and, in theory, signals a return to unity among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.

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    Becca Wasser: Unity restored among GCC states

    19 November 2014.  By Becca Wasser, Program Officer & Research Analyst, IISS At a surprise meeting in Riyadh two days ago, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain agreed to return their ambassadors to Qatar. This decision ends eight months of tensions with Doha and, in theory, signals a return to unity among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. At a time when the Gulf states are concerned with a volatile regional landscape...

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    Hanna Ucko Neill: Burkina Faso - a warning for Africa’s strongmen

    14 November 2014.  Will a popular uprising in a relatively stable nation force other African leaders to rethink plans to extend their time in power?

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    Matthew Cottee: The 2016 Nuclear Security Summit – a bridge too far for Obama?

    12 November 2014.  By Matthew Cottee, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme In a serious setback to Barack Obama’s presidential legacy, last week Russia announced that it will boycott the final Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), an international gathering of world leaders convened to discuss how to prevent the threat of nuclear terrorism. The fourth iteration of the event, to be held in the United States in 2016, was apparently requested by Obama personally, despite...

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    John Chipman: IISS Cartagena Dialogue - The Trans-Pacific Summit

    06 November 2014.  By Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive of the IISS The IISS is delighted to launch a new international ‘Dialogue’ following in the footsteps of the successful Shangri-La Dialogue (Singapore) and Manama Dialogue (Bahrain). The inaugural ‘IISS Cartagena Dialogue: The Trans-Pacific Summit’ will convene from 6–8 March in Cartagena, Colombia. The summit enjoys the full support of the government of Colombia. A number of businesses have also confirmed sponsorship of...

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    Herve Lemahieu: Pre-election deadlock in Myanmar

    05 November 2014.  By Hervé Lemahieu, Research Associate for Political Economy and Security Speculation abounds over President Thein Sein’s decision to convene a roundtable bringing together party leaders with the heads of the military and election commission for the first time last Friday. Some analysts have interpreted the move as an attempt at reaching a ‘grand bargain’ between competing political actors and the military ahead of general elections scheduled for November 2015. Aung San Suu...

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    Antonio Sampaio: Mexico disappearances expose corruption undermining anti-drugs fight

    05 November 2014.  The disappearance of 43 student teachers in the town of Iguala proves that, having restructured federal security agencies in its war against drug cartels, Mexico must now reform local agencies and police

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    Sabrin Kassam: The Thai way of counter-insurgency

    03 November 2014.  For Bangkok - and the rest of the world - Thai history contains important lessons in combating current insurgencies

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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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