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War is Back: The International Response to Armed Conflict

1 Jun 2017 By David Harland for Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre) Armed conflicts – i.e., the number of wars; the number of battle deaths; the number of terrorist incidents; and the number of people displaced by violence – are proliferating, argues David Harland. But while global discord is increasing, the tools to contain or resolve it have not evolved as quickly. They need to be reshaped, starting with the recognition that, at least as far as armed conflict is concerned, the state is just one actor among many. This article was  published  in the  Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue's  2016 Annual Report on 16 May 2017. From the end of the Cold War until 2010, war seemed to be going away. Interstate warfare disappeared almost completely for a while. Civil wars continued, but at an ever-lower level, and came to be seen less as an existential threat than as a policy challenge to which regular instruments of public policy could be applied. A consensus emerged as to how

Nepal: A Decade of Fragile Peace

9 Jun 2017 By Anurag Acharya for Saferworld Just over a decade ago Nepal ended an internal war that killed 13,000 people and ‘disappeared’ an additional 1,300. Since then, the country’s peace has been an uneasy one. Yes, Anurag Acharya agrees it’s remarkable that Nepal’s leaders have managed to bring all sides of the armed conflict into a peaceful political mainstream, but the drawn-out political transition towards a secular federal republic continues to cause problems. Here are the details. This article was  originally published  by  Saferworld  in June 2017. This briefing sets out findings that arose from three workshops conducted in Siraha, Nepalgunj and Lalitpur, Nepal from January-February 2017, which included participants from 20 districts across Nepal. After the successes of the  Capacities for Peace project 1 , the follow-up workshops highlighted a series of potential flashpoints for conflict in the country in the coming months and years as the country undergoes a process

Quote of the day: MJ Akbar

"The nations of oceans are often called small. We do not believe in small or big: every nation is sovereign. Capacities might vary, but all nations have equal rights," "We cannot allow our seas to turn into zones of contention. An age of shared prosperity demands co-operation... In this context, India reiterates the importance of freedom of navigation and overflight on the high seas, unimpeded lawful commerce, as well as resolving maritime disputes by peaceful means,"in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. 

Kurdistan independence referendum shall be on Monday, September 25, 2017 President Barzani Meets with Kurdistan Region's Political Parties to Set the Date for the Referendum   07/06/2017 Salahadin, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, ( President Masoud Barzani held a meeting today with the representatives of the political parties across the Kurdistan Region. During the meeting, President Barzani and the attendees discussed several salient issues including the upcoming parliamentary elections, the current political and economic situations and the issue of the independence referendum.  The President, along with the representatives of the political parties and slates decided that the date for the independence referendum shall be Monday, September 25, 2017. It will be on that day when the people of the Kurdistan Region, as well as those living in the disputed areas, will cast their votes on whether they accept independence for the Kurdistan. The political parties also agreed t

The Qatar Crisis: How do Iranians view the story? publish date : 7 Wednesday June 2017      1:24 Though Qatar’s isolation in the Arab world initially seems to be in the interests of Iran, veteran diplomats advise caution, no direct involvement. A clan of Arab states started their workweek by severing ties with a member of their own. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of support for Islamist militants and Iran, Reuters reported. Yemen, Libya's eastern-based government and the Maldives joined later. Transport links shut down, triggering supply shortages in the Qatari peninsula.   In the aftermath of the shock, Iranian media cited reeling oil prices as indicative of the many consequences this new round of rifts could have for the Middle East and the world. Most analysts agree that Iran is, in the words of Reuters, a behind-the-scenes target of the move. However, while a

Destabilizing Iran

James M. Dorsey The Trump administration this week appeared to take a potential step closer to backing efforts plotted by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to destabilize Iran; possibly topple its Islamic government; and force Qatar to fall into line with Gulf policies that target Iran, political Islam, and militants; with the appointment of a seasoned covert operations officer as head of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Iran operations. The appointment of Michael D’Andrea, a hard-charging, chain-smoking operative, alternatively nicknamed the Dark Prince or Ayatollah Mike, whose track record includes overseeing the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, suggested that the CIA was likely to take a more operational approach in confronting Iran in line with President Donald J. Trump’s Saudi and UAE-backed hard line towards the Islamic republic, which involves a possible push for regime change. D’Andrea took up his new post at a moment that the US focus appeared to be shifting to Iran as the Islamic State