Blogs & Opinion


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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NATO and Climate Change: The Need for a More Coherent Approach

16 October 2017 | Amar Causevic

Climate change represents a non-traditional threat to international security and the future existence of modern civilization. Year after year, drought, fam­ine, storms and flooding become increasingl...

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On Trump, Afghanistan, and the Plunder Doctrine (Deadline: 2017-10-16)

16 October 2017 | Kate Harveston

Plunder. It’s a word typically reserved for the likes of pirates, but it seems somehow appropriate when used next to the name Donald Trump. Perhaps it’s his shoot-from-the-hip style. Trump’s mil...

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ISIL's Scorched Earth Policy in Iraq: Options for its Victims to be Recognized under International Law

13 October 2017 | Doug Weir

With what has been called a ‘landmark’ resolution, the UN Security Council has established a team to investigate international crimes committed by ISIL in Iraq. Will the investigative team also se...

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The Arctic: In the Face of Change, an Ocean of Cooperation

6 October 2017 | Wilson Center Staff

“The United States and Russia… have found ways to continue to cooperate in the Arctic—particularly, but not only—through the Arctic Council, despite the difficulties on other issues relatin...

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