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:
Europe role in the Middle East is under question. The EU has not engaged in the region with its whole potential.
Drop Your Weapons by Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan
Over the last century, nonviolent campaigns against authoritarian regimes were twice as likely to succeed as violent ones.
Vision of Humanity
The GPI, as the world’s leading index measuring national peacefulness, has been put forward in a study based on 22 qualitative and quantitative indicators.
The recent Colombian elections were seen as a referendum on the peace negotiations that the Colombian government and the FARC are conducting. The results represent the desire of many to bring a negotiated end to the conflict with the guerrillas. Although, political obstacles still lay ahead.
In Yemen, a Revolution in Reverse by Peter Salisbury
A fuel crisis prompts worries that the old regime is exploiting instability to come back to power.
Opinion: Iran’s Dubious Interest in Iraq by Jamsheed Faroughi
US-Iranian cooperation against ISIS in Iraq would represent a historic moment, and it would be a positive sign if the government in Tehran were not mainly interested in expanding its power.
The Christian Science Monitor
As the conflict between the government and rebel forces continues, the young country is facing a collapsing economy, a massive increase in internally displaced persons and refugees, possible famine, and a cholera outbreak.
There is No al-Sham by Nick Danforth
Militants in Iraq and Syria would be trying to re-create a nation that never existed.
Tracing the Origins of the Ukraine crisis: Should the EU Share the Blame? by Alyona Getmanchuk
The European Union should now take responsibility for ending the Ukrainian crisis and finally define its own goals and intentions.
40 Maps That Explain the Middle East by Max Fisher
Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics.