Venezuelans cross the Simon Bolivar bridge linking San Antonio del Tachira, in Venezuela with Cucuta, Colombia, to buy basic supplies on 16 July, 2016. Photograph: George Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images
The burgeoning meltdown in Venezuela has several dimensions, all of them important for anyone concerned about the political health of the Americas and how this can impact on international politics more generally.
President Trump’s letter to a number of NATO Allies in the lead-up to the Alliance Summit on 11-12 July, warning them that America is running out of patience as regards their failure to jack up their defence spending is a cheap shot, but a shot nonetheless. It needs to be taken seriously.
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 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 Case for Giving NATO an American Secretary General Revisited Follow-up to 1995 op.ed. piece in IHT, written circa 2010 Security Sector Training and Education for the Second Reform Decade Paper written in 2004 Governance and Security Sector Reform in the Second Reform Decade Speaking notes for Intervention at the panel on Governance, Conference … [Read more…]
I developed these four practice notes for training purposes in my capacity as DCAF training coordinator. Crafting Talking Points Drafting Effective Policy Briefs Security Sector Mapping Writing for Decision-makers The following two documents give an overview of DCAF training activities and methodologies. Capacity-building and Training Workshops for Security Sector Reform (JSSR) … [Read more…]