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ISIS and global jihad

The rise of the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has had two seemingly contradictory effects on global jihad, argues Alia Brahimi. 

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    Antonio Sampaio: Hyper-violent criminality and its strategic effects in Latin America

    22 May 2015.  The territorial and military power acquired by criminal groups in the northern triangle of Central America and Mexico is characterised by the use of 'hyper-violent' tactics. The current levels of violence paint a complex picture of criminal networks and gang warfare, both of which have profoundly destabilising effects on developing countries. 

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    Jens Wardenaer: The state of conflict in Southeast Asia

    22 May 2015.  Although Southeast Asia is a comparatively quiet area of the world when it comes to armed conflict, recent incidents in Myanmar and the Philippines have led to increased fighting, and region-wide fatalities in the first quarter of 2015 have already reached half of the entire number for 2014. However, some of the most intractable conflicts in the country are currently engaged in peace processes. 

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    Ben Barry: The military campaign against ISIS - reversal at Ramadi

    21 May 2015.  By Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare The US-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has claimed a victory this last week, in the US Special Operations Forces (SOF) raid on an ISIS command node. But it has also been dealt a significant reversal of fortune, in the shape of the unexpected fall of Anbar capital Ramadi to ISIS. What do these events signify for the...

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    Hanna Ucko Neill: Central African Republic - peace at last?

    20 May 2015.  After two years of brutal violence, rebel groups have signed a peace agreement in Bangui, Central African Republic’s capital. There are high hopes that the agreement will herald a new dawn in CAR, but there are many obstacles still standing in the way of peace. 

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    Hebatalla Taha: Insecurity in the Sinai Peninsula

    19 May 2015.  Posing grave security challenges for the Sisi-led government, North Sinai has been the site of escalating security operations for several months. Armed groups have expanded their capacity and despite the state’s efforts to contain it, the chronic insecurity of North Sinai has spilled over to the rest of the country. 

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    The Armed Conflict Survey: A new IISS publication

    18 May 2015.  The inaugural edition of The Armed Conflict Survey provides a comprehensive review of the world’s active conflicts, combining independent analysis by the IISS with essays on key developments in warfare and authoritative data on fatalities and displacement.

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    Alia Brahimi: ISIS and global jihad

    18 May 2015.  By Alia Brahimi, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Oxford  The rise of the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has had two seemingly contradictory effects on global jihad. The first is a tendency towards unity, created primarily through imitation. It has been expected that other jihadist groups will apply the ISIS paradigm of jihad, which involves seizing and holding local territory, and brutally imposing a vision for society. Boko Haram...

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    Paulina Izewicz: Iran talks and the Congress factor

    15 May 2015. 

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    Hanna Ucko Neill: The tide turns against Boko Haram

    08 May 2015.  Nigerian government forces have gained considerable ground against Boko Haram since January 2015, with 700 girls and women rescued from the Sambisa nature reserve in early May. The most important question is whether Nigerian forces will be able to keep the gains. 

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    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury: India's neighbourhood policy in the first year of the Modi government

    29 April 2015.  By Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia Far more than any other previous administration, Modi’s government is acutely aware of the direct, deep and enduring links between its domestic agenda priorities and its foreign policy enablers. Modi’s objective is the economic development and political transformation of India, encompassing high economic growth and boosted foreign investment. This, essentially, requires a stable, secure and peaceful neighbourhood. Therefore, Prime Minister Modi’s top three...

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