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The Nicaraguan crisis deepens

The ongoing political crisis in Nicaragua between the Sandinista government under President Daniel Ortega and anti-government protesters continues to worsen. The crisis marks the worst period of political violence that Nicaragua has faced since the end of its civil war in 1989.

Asia Pacific Security

Australia wary of China’s growing stake in the South Pacific

China’s growing interest in the South Pacific will have alerted key Australian political and defence officials. Should Beijing eventually opt to establish a military base in this region, Canberra will have a firm action plan in place designed to counter China’s influence and reinforce Australia’s regional preeminence.

Middle East/North Africa Security

All sides deepen the conflict in Yemen

Over the past three years, the civil war in Yemen has expanded internationally. Most recently, the Houthis have increased missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, and though Saudi air defenses have neutralized these launches, they propagate further escalation of the conflict in Yemen.

International Security

How R2P impedes global governance

Despite the UN’s many member states that have attempted to redress R2P, the principle is still not included in the general assembly’s 2018 agenda and causes more controversy than benefit.

Middle East/North Africa Security

2018 Iranian Protests: A Second Revolution on the Way in Iran?

What started off as protests spurred on by the deteriorating economic conditions in Iran and the inflation in prices of basic necessities, escalated into a rebellion against the Islamic Republic itself. But is there a risk of another social and political uprising?

Middle East/North Africa Security

What’s behind the upcoming western military intervention in Syria?

With a new intervention into the Syrian conflict set to unfold, strategic interests meet political ones for presidents Trump and Macron.

Guest Post Security

Is the U.S. relying too much on Special Operations Forces?

Many Western military commanders consider Special Operations Forces (SOF) to be the perfect tool for almost any job. But are we using them effectively?

Europe Security

Chapter Review: Russian military reform and lessons learned in Ukraine

In a chapter of the Jamestown Foundation’s upcoming book on Russia’s Armed Forces, Roger McDermott argues that the ongoing process of military reform in Russia is closely informed by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. While the Kremlin still denies its direct involvement, McDermott argues that publicly available information is sufficient to decipher the lessons that Russia’s Armed Forces have learned in Donbass.

Europe Security

Russia’s privatised military: a move away from Statism?

Benjamin Marsh considers the extent to which private contractor encroachment into a previously protected strategic sector is indicative of a broader shift away from statism in Russia.

Middle East/North Africa Security

50 years after the Battle of Karameh, Jordan faces new uncertainty

Fifty years ago, an armed confrontation between Israel, Jordan, and Palestinian guerrillas created a new phase of Middle East diplomacy and conflicts. What does the battle’s legacy tell us about Jordan and its place in the troubled region today?