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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:

Belarus: 20 years under dictatorship and a revolution behind the rest of Europe

The Guardian

Review of the Belarussian leadership confronted with the poor economic conditions and the regional constraints.

Counting the Dead in Benghazi by Hanan Salah

Foreign Policy

The steady drumbeat of killings has left Libyans despairing about whether anyone can bring security to their volatile country.

Four things everyone should know about wartime sexual violence by Dara Kay Cohen, Ragnhild Nordas and Elisabeth Wood

The Washington Post

For far too long, policymakers overlooked wartime rape and other forms of sexual violence. The current wave of political will to create solutions to mitigate the horrors of these forms of violence is a welcome change.

G7 in Brussels: Excluding Russia for a Summit Dominated by the Ukrainian Crisis by Jaret Brow

 Isis Europe

 A look to the summit.

In Extremists’ Iraq Rise, Americas Legacy by Dexter Filkins

The New Yorker

The reasons behind the extremists’ power and their current increasing success in Irak.

Japan’s Military Rebirth  by Michael Haas

Center for Security Studies

Against the background of a deteriorating security situation in the East China Sea, Japan’s conservative government is steadily dissociating itself from a decades-old tradition of military self-restraint.

Troops in

The Economist

Barack Obama promises to increase America’s military presence in eastern Europe.

Understanding the Syrian crisis in 5 minutes by Par Benjamin Barthe, Flavie Holzinger, Francesca Fattori, Véronique Malécot, Donald Walther and Service infographie

Le Monde 

After three years of war and about 150 000 deaths, Syria is more torn apart than ever. But why is this war still going on? How did the peaceful “arab spring” become such a blood bath? Here are some keys to understand how the Syrian conflict turned into a civil, cold and holy war.

Why are Africa’s militaries so disappointingly bad by Michela Wrong

Foreign Policy 

How history, greed, and nepotism are preventing the continent from securing itself against al-Shabab, Boko Haram, and other threats.

The world will be a more peaceful place in 2050 by Liat Clart


An upcoming paper by Håvard Hegre, a professor of the University of Oslo, will claim that in 40 years world conflict will plummet, with the greatest decrease occurring in the Middle East.

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