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A reality check on the Boko Haram truce

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

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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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    Antonio Sampaio: Despite Rousseff win, desire for change remains strong in Brazil

    06 October 2014.  By Antonio Sampaio, Research Analyst for Security and Development During this presidential campaign, Brazilian voters have witnessed a fight for the post of banner-man or -woman of a wealthier, connected and activist middle class. This socio-economic sector of the population, which has grown by almost 40 million people over the past 12 years or so, has been calling for structural changes to a massive emerging country where economic growth has slowed...

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    Hebatalla Taha: Houthis seize power in Yemen

    06 October 2014.  Houthi rebels from northern Yemen have muscled their way into a power-sharing agreement in Sanaa, after physically overrunning the capital. It is another victory for force in one of the world's poorest and most strife-torn countries.

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    Antoine Levesques: A rocky road to the border for Xi and Modi

    02 October 2014.  By Antoine Levesques, Research Associate for South Asia The border dispute between Asia’s two giant neighbours imposed itself on the agenda of the recent Xi–Modi summit devoted to trade and economics. But with time on their side and plenty of political capital at home, they can take new steps to manage their increasing assertiveness in the Himalayas without upsetting their delicate balance of rivalry and cooperation. Xi Jinping’s 17–19 September...

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