Category Archives: English

Now you can hear the Minsk peace agreement (Updated)

According to an article written by Andrew E. Kramer and published in the New York Times, the unarmed civilian observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM) are patrolling only during the daytime. However, to mean that … Continue reading

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The Future’s Urban Spaces: Sun Tsu and the Analysis of the Terrain

by Lt. Col. Alessandro Rappazzo (original published in German), a career officer in the Swiss army, Group Chief Leadership Course II / Staff Course I and author of “Mein Weg: Vorwärts” (only in German). This article is part of his … Continue reading

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The strategic significance of US-Russian military coordination in Syria

The Obama administration recently proposed a new agreement with the Russians concerning military coordination in Syria. Washington essentially suggested that it could work together with the Russian military in Syria against the Syrian-based al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra if Russia agrees … Continue reading

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The NATO Summit 2016 in Warsaw: A Summit of Compromises

by Patrick Truffer (original published in German). He graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs and completes a Master of Arts program in International Relations at the Freie Universität … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Islamic State: Four Key Factors for its Unexpected Success – part three

by Andrin Hauri. He graduated from the University of Lausanne with a Master’s Degree in Political Science and holds a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the University of Basel. In its self-assigned mission to restore … Continue reading

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Fallujah Is Just the Start of Iraq’s Longest Battle

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is a student in the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College. He focuses on the relationship between Islam and conflict in Syria and Sudan. Threatened by military and political enemies, Iraq has struggled in … Continue reading

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Pressure over its poor human rights record drives Egypt to diversify military

Since coming to power in July 2013 the military-backed regime in Cairo knows it needs to diversify its military, lest it become susceptible to pressure from the outside to amend its policies. This salient reality may be brought home to … Continue reading

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America’s failed efforts to establish an anti-IS Syrian fighting-force

Since the Islamic State (IS) rose to infamy in the summer of 2014 the United States has been trying to spearhead efforts to build a new Syrian fighting-force outside of Syria to combat these militants on the ground. 
This ultimately … Continue reading

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The Complete Guide to the CIA Torture Documents Released in June, 2016

by Sébastien Roblin. He holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the … Continue reading

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Myanmar’s Muslims Are No Security Threat

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is a student in the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College. He focuses on the relationship between Islam and conflict in Syria and Sudan. Civil wars waged by separatist rebels have plagued Myanmar (known … Continue reading

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