Blogs & Opinion


Colombia’s Frontlines of the Drug War: Cauca

20 October 2017 | Adriaan Alsema

Colombian authorities are combating cocaine production in some of the most remote regions. Cauca is one of the long-neglected areas where the drug trade has fueled political conflict.   In spite of...

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Who is Behind the Recent Rise of Genetically Modified Poppy in Afghanistan?

20 October 2017 | Irfan Takalvi

During the past two to two and half decades Afghanistan, under various regimes that controlled parts of the country, poppy has globally been highlighted as the most notorious origin of one of the worl...

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The Environmental Consequences of the Use of Armed Drones

20 October 2017 | Doug Weir

To date, debate over the implications of the growing use of armed drones has focused on human rights, on the expansion of the use of force into new contexts, and on the imbalances created by the newfo...

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Hazardous Legacies: An Open-Source Overview of the Destruction of Deir ez-Zor’s Oil Industry

20 October 2017 | Wim Zwijnenburg

Now that the so-called Islamic State (IS) is rapidly losing terrain in eastern Syria, a race is underway to capture the oil-rich Deir ez-Zor governorate. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and militias loyal...

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Myanmar’s Evolving Maritime Security Landscape

18 October 2017 | Rajni Gamage

Myanmar links South and Southeast Asia and lies on maritime shipping routes from the Indian and Pacific Oceans. A key pillar of its national development agenda is establishing an efficient and integra...

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Climate Change, Food Security and Sustaining Peace

18 October 2017 | Florian Krampe

‘We have succeeded at keeping famine at bay, we have not kept suffering at bay’, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres while briefing members of the UN Security Council on 12 October. Explain...

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Could Oil Bring the World to Finally Support the Kurds?

17 October 2017 | Ellen R. Wald

One month after the KRG voted in favor of a referendum to seek independence from Iraq, Baghdad finally responded. In the early morning hours of October 16, Iraqi forces engaged Kurdish troops in Taza...

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The Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: Assisting Victims and Remediating the Environment

17 October 2017 | Elizabeth Minor

In a remarkable achievement this summer, States concluded negotiations on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Having opened for signature in September, the TPNW will be a key to...

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Climate Change Did Not Cause Syrian War

16 October 2017 | Tim Radford

LONDON, 11 October, 2017 – Climate change in the form of sustained drought is not to blame for the bloody and prolonged conflict in Syria, according to a new study.   But drought nevertheless p...

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Indigenous Resistance: My Fight for Land and Life in Colombia

16 October 2017 | Angelica Ortiz

My name is Angelica Ortiz. I am a Wayuu woman from the Ipuana clan of the Lomomato indigenous reserve in La Guajira, Colombia. I am a human rights defender and part of the Wayuu Women's Force Movement...

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