Each week we provide a collection of 10 must reads from around the web on issues pertaining to international security. Simply click the article title to open a new tab.
This week’s top 10 (in alphabetical order) are:
Analyzing Organized Crime by The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
A summary of organized crime news from across the globe this month.
A Sunni-Shia Bridge Too Far by Ali A. Allawi & Nassima Neggaz
The strain between Sunni-Shia relations in Iraq is perhaps the largest challenge the country needs to address post-election.
Beyond the law – towards more effective strategies for protecting human rights by Emilie Hafner-Burton
Human rights promoters need to realize that while we work mainly through NGOs, it is state power that plays the decisive role in much of world politics. Rethinking human rights.
A beautifully crafted, yet troubling look at the crisis in the Central African Republic.
Kenya’s recent anti-terrorism initiative “bears a striking similarity to the one mounted against the terrorists during the Westgate Mall attack in that both are bullish, brutal, impulse driven and reactionary.”
Indian Foreign Policy Under Narendra Modi by Sudha Ramachandran
What does Indian’s imminent new leader, Narendra Modi, mean by a ‘tough’ response to Pakistan?
The Pizza Connection: Fighting The Mafia Through Food by The Kitchen Sisters
National Public Radio (NPR)
In an area of Sicily where the Mafia ruled for years, citizens are fighting back. By growing their own food.
The National Interest
“The central problem with NATO enlargement was not so much the first round (Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic)—but rather a consequent logic of an “open door” that came with it.”
United Nations Peace Operations Facing Dual Crises in the Sudans by Laurie Mincieli
International Security Observer
Both UNMISS and UNAMID are overstretched in Sudan. As a result, the outlook is bleak for the region.
Venezuela: Unarmed Protestors Beaten, Shot by Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch
A summary of the recent report on Venezuela’s ongoing protests by Human Rights Watch.