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The 10 Best Articles on International Security Issues this week

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:

1000 Days of Syria by Mitch Swenson

1000 Days of Syria

A beautiful idea from American Mitch Swenson, 1000 Days of Syria utilizes the concept of a text-based game to draw people’s attention back to the war.


Arab Tribes Split Between Kurds And Jihadists by Carl Drott

Carnegie Europe

As the armed wing of the Kurdish political group Democratic Union Party (PYD), engage in armed conflict with jihadist groups, the are having to rely more and more on local tribes.


Mass murder relies on people like us: an interview with Thierry Cruvellier by Philip Gourevitch

The New Yorker

The New Yorker interviews acclaimed journalist, Thierry Cruvellier, the only journalist to attend every post-Cold War international tribunal. His thoughts on the defendants and of the courts themselves are insightful and at times unexpected.


Merkel in the Middle by Paul Hockenos

Foreign Policy

Germany is the key figure in Western Alliance – Russia negotiations, but the stance they will take is still undecided.


Mistral blows by The Economist

The Economist

France continues to sell warships to Russia, much to the dismay of its allies trying to pursue tougher sanctions.


 More flexibility for Japan’s military? by Editorial Board

The Washington Post

Japan’s Prime Minister wants to overturn the pacifist constitution the country implemented after World War II. Something not wholly supported by Japanese citizens.


South Sudan crisis: what would a transitional government look like? by Andrew Green

The Guardian

“Failed ceasefire led to proposals for an interim government but leadership and accountability are major sticking points”


The Ukrainian crisis and the geo-economy of sanctions by Jonathon Cini

International Security Observer

“As we move from a unipolar to a more multipolar world economic, security is becoming a vital component to a country’s ability to project power in the 21st century. This is largely due to the expansion of regional trade deals and the integration of global financial markets.”


Who Will Win the Middle East? by Tarek Osman

Foreign Affairs

The MENA states face a battle for regional power between the Islamic states on one side and the more traditional monarchies.


Why does the EU need an autonomous military muscle when it already has NATO? by Raluca Csernatoni

ISIS Europe

An analysis that highlights the importance of an EU military arm by our in-house expert.


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