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    Islam Al Tayeb: Qatar's success story?

    27 June 2013.  By Islam Al Tayeb, Research Analyst, IISS-Middle East The abdication of Qatar’s 61-year-old emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, in favour of his son, Sheikh Tamim, has again put the tiny but enormously wealthy emirate in the spotlight. What this succession portends for the country’s domestic policies, regional role and global standing is unclear, as the inner workings of Gulf monarchies are closely guarded. However, given the like-mindedness of father and son...

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    Samuel Charap: Beyond the Russian reset

    26 June 2013.  By Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia With the recent downturn in US-Russian relations, observers in both Washington and Moscow have remarked upon the cyclical nature of this key bilateral relationship. As Fyodor Lukyanov, a leading Russian commentator, noted in late 2012: ‘If we look at the relationship since 1991, it’s the same cycle all the time, between kind words and inspiration and deep crisis. Yeltsin, Clinton, Bush, Putin...

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    Ben Barry: An age of gloom for land forces?

    26 June 2013.  This week, the annual Land Warfare Conference – a joint venture between the British Army and Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) – is being held in London. In his conference paper, IISS Senior Fellow for Land Warfare Ben Barry examines the key land-capability lessons of recent wars, attitudes towards the utility of land forces, and the changes being made to US, British and French land forces. In the US and NATO...

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    Sarah Johnstone: Putting the jobs into Nigeria's growth

    24 June 2013.  By Sarah Johnstone, Assistant editor, Online The ‘Nollywood’ film industry, increasing rice production, cash transfers to pregnant women and an uneven staircase fixed by a Ghanaian builder: these are subjects audience members may not have been expecting to hear when they took their seats at the IISS this week for a talk by Nigeria’s finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. But Okonjo-Iweala – an orthodox economist with a charmingly unorthodox personality – wove...

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    Jenny Nielsen: Obama: Ich bin ein pragmatic disarmer

    21 June 2013.  By Jenny Nielsen, Research Analyst, Non-proliferation and Disarmament Programme In an eagerly awaited speech in Berlin on Wednesday, President Barack Obama renewed his vision for a world without nuclear weapons, asserting that ‘so long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe’. Nuclear matters took up only a small portion of the speech, much of which was a riff on President John F. Kennedy’s celebrated address 50 years earlier at...

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    Elly Jupp: Water security in Saudi Arabia

    20 June 2013.  By Elly Jupp, Research Associate, IISS–Middle East Gulf states face acute challenges in natural resources management, particularly water. Climate change is likely to make these challenges harder in the future, and these states, including but not limited to Saudi Arabia, must address the problem with sound policies and technology. Failure to do so will not only have implications for the economic prosperity of individual states, but will affect domestic and regional...

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    Dina Esfandiary: Iran’s next president

    19 June 2013.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-proliferation and Disarmament Programme The election of Hassan Rowhani as Iran’s next president has led to both surprise and hope, in Iran and outside it, writes Dina Esfandiary on LobeLog, the US foreign policy blog of IPS News. But what Rowhani is willing to do, and how much he will be able to do, is unclear. The results of the last four elections in Iran have...

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    Solofo Rakotonirina: France's new African policy

    18 June 2013.  By Solofo Rakotonirina, IISS Online François Hollande, President of France, has emphasised France’s commitment to work with African countries to eradicate terrorism, illegal trafficking and piracy. In a speech to the African Union summit in Addis Ababa on 25 May, he asserted that these were real threats to Africa and the world and warned that ‘it is only by working together that we can combat them’. He invited...

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    Antonio Sampaio: Colombia–FARC talks – status update

    14 June 2013.  On 26 May, the negotiations in Havana between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) and Colombia's government produced an agreement on rural reforms. Optimism in Colombia is high that there has been real progress towards a peace deal. But there may be some obstacles yet, writes Antonio Sampaio, IISS Research Analyst for Latin America, in International Relations and Security Network (ISN). Conflict over land ownership is a real possibility, and some...

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    Alexa van Sickle: Iraq – war's end?

    12 June 2013.  By Alexa van Sickle, Assistant editor Ten years after Coalition forces invaded Iraq, Iraqis still live with daily violence and a leader who continues to increase his grip on power. How did it turn out this way? A BBC documentary to be shown on UK television tonight tries to answer this question, examining the final days of the Iraq War. It focuses on the Coalition’s attempts from 2006 onwards to end the...

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