This three-part blog contribution provides a security sector perspective on the ongoing crisis in Mali and focuses on the stabilization and security sector reform challenges that need to be addressed in this context.
This first blog in a first-part series on Mali provides background on the country and how its present crisis emerged.
This second blog in the Mali series discusses the national, regional, European and international responses to the crisis in the country, and the peace process that resulted in an agreement in 2015.
This third blog in the Mali series discusses the current situation in the country and the implications for security sector governance that stem from the national, regional, EU and UN efforts to stabilize the country.
This a piece that I tried to flog to the NYT but unsucessfully.
The America of 2016 is not the Germany of 1933. Nor is Donald Trump Adolf Hitler. That said, there are worrying similarities.
This blog looks at the current Canadian Government’s approach to engagement in Africa. It is a follow-on to the CSG blog series that explores the security sector reform (SSR) dimension of Canada’s planned re-engagement with peacekeeping and peace operations. This four-part series focuses on the main options being speculated upon for troop deployment: Mali, the Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Central African Republic is one of the four countries that are presently being considered for a Canadian peacekeeping mission. The others are Mali, whereas in the case of CAR there is currently no Canadian presence, as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, where there are token contingents of seven and eight Canadians respectively.
The partisans in favour of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) prevailed with almost 52 percent of the votes cast in the referendum on 23 June 2016. The turnout was around 72 percent of the electorate, an impressive number. But is the UK really on its way out? I am not so sure.
The Erdogan-Putin meeting in St Petersburg throws an additional spanner into the already over-complicated situation in and around Syria. This blog offers some thoughts on where this all is and might be going.