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Global conflict fatalities increase by more than 35% in 2014

The number of conflict-related deaths worldwide grew to some 176,000 in 2014, a substantial increase from 113,000 in 2013, , according to data collected by Armed Conflict Database (ACD) researchers. The higher death toll resulted almost exclusively from an intensification of violence in existing conflicts.

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    Adrian Hofer: The Pakistani Taliban - weakened but far from irrelevant

    23 February 2015.  Persistent internal fragmentation and a sustained military offensive during 2014 have plunged the once-powerful Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) umbrella into a crisis from which it may not recover quickly. However, the TTP is far from having become irrelevant, as shown by the Peshawar school attack in December.

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    Obituary: Sir Robert Wade-Gery KCMG KCVO, 1929–2015

    20 February 2015.  It was with great sadness that the Institute learned of the death on 16 February 2015 of Sir Robert Wade-Gery, a scholar, diplomat and banker who served his country in all three roles with great distinction. As important for the IISS, however, was the vital part he played in the development of the Institute, first as a member for more than 50 years, having been introduced to it by his...

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    Jens Wardenaer: Explaining Myanmar’s ‘worst fighting in two years’

    17 February 2015.  Fighting between Myanmar’s armed forces and several ethnic armed groups flared up in the north of Shan State in mid-February. Examining the reasons behind the clashes, which have been escalating since late last year, sheds light on the challenges Myanmar faces as it continues its economic and political transition.

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    Alexander Neill: Catching Flies in China

    16 February 2015.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security As families across China gather for lunar New Year celebrations this week, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), China’s increasingly powerful counter-corruption agency, issued a stark warning on 15 February. In addition to the high-profile cases of ‘tigers’, or top leaders, falling prey to the CCDI, the agency will now be attempting to ensnare more ‘flies’, or corrupt local officials, in...

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    Hanna Ucko Neill and Jens Wardenaer: Global conflict fatalities increase by more than 35% in 2014

    12 February 2015.  The number of conflict-related deaths worldwide grew to some 176,000 in 2014, a substantial increase from 113,000 in 2013. The higher death toll resulted almost exclusively from an intensification of violence in existing conflicts.

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    Alexander Neill: The CCP, the world’s most powerful reform organisation - Eric Li

    12 February 2015.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security Eric Li opened his Fullerton Lecture on 11 February with the hypothesis that the twenty-first century will be defined by demand and competition for reform. He asserted that those who succeed in reform will be the winners, those who fail, the losers. He concluded that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) stands the best chance of winning this race. Consequently, Li argued, the twenty-first...

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    Alexander Neill: Remembering the Pacific War amidst Sino-Japanese tension

    04 February 2015.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security As the world prepares to remember the more than 35 million deaths of the Pacific War, the Chinese Communist Party recently announced its intent to hold a military parade marking both the 70th anniversary of the end of the war and China’s victory over Japanese imperial forces. As China and Japan move into a period of emotionally charged animosity, the possibility of...

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    Annabel Corser: Eliminating chemical weapons

    27 January 2015.  By Annabel Corser, Editorial Assistant The OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria drew to a close on 30 September 2014 and, as of October, 98.7% of Syrian chemical material has been destroyed. For Peter Sawczak (who heads the Government Relations and Political Affairs Branch of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) these successes are the latest indicators of the OPCW’s effectiveness and the value of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)...

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    William Choong: Dr Ng Eng Hen - strengthening cooperation to enhance security

    26 January 2015.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security The threat of Islamic extremism in Asia arising from the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) should be a focus of discussion at this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD), said Singapore’s Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen in his keynote address at the 3rd Fullerton Forum. Speaking to 66 delegates from 22 countries for the third edition of...

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