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The 10 Best Articles on International Security Concerns 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:

Best Practice or Best Strategy: Can New Counterinsurgency Doctrine Win Future Wars? by David Ucko

The International Relations and Security Network 

Lessons learnt from counterinsurgency efforts that failed in Afghanistan.


Could Modi’s election improve the relation between India and Pakistan? by Blaise Ortiz

International Security Observer

Take part in the survey and discussion being hosted by the International Security Observer.


Egypt After The Election by Steven A. Cook, Issandr El Amrani, Charles W. Dunne, Michael Wahid Hanna, Zachary Laub

Council on Foreign Relations

Four experts weigh in on what will become of Egypt after the national election.


Exclusive: Security Woes Dog U.N.’s Libya Mission by Colum Lynch

Foreign Policy

The almost-forgotten UN mission in Libya faces increasing security concerns as the country continues its descent into turmoil.


Is This the End of Sykes-Picot? by F. Gregory Gause, III

The Brookings Institution 

Borders in the Arab world are unlikely to change, according to this article. However, power is still up for grabs in the tumultuous region.


Lebanon’s Hizbollah Turns Eastward to Syria by International Crisis Group

International Crisis Group

“Hizbollah’s intervention in Syria strengthens the Assad regime but transforms the Shiite movement as it redefines the enemy and itself within the confines of an increasingly sectarian struggle.”


More Diplomacy, Fewer Military Missions: 5 Obama Statements Explained by Greg Myre


An interview with President Barack Obama on the future of American foreign policy.


Political Scene: Drone Strike Memos and a Federal Judge posted by Matthew McKnight

The New Yorker

The lawyer who wrote the memo allowing President Obama to use drones in the fight against terrorism, was appointed to serve as a judge on the US Court of Appeals. This podcast from the New Yorker takes a look at the implications of his appointment.



Women on the frontline: female photojournalists’ visions of conflict by Tracy McVeigh

The Guardian

In a traditionally male-dominated job, the Guardian interview four prominent female war photographers.




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