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:
Egypt jailing of three al-Jazeera journalists is not an isolated attempt to freedom of expression. Many other countries around the world are moving to prevent journalists from investigating and reporting objectively.
The Fragile States Index, created by The Fund for Peace, has put countries into perspective by providing an annual snapshot of their vitality and stability and ranking them accordingly.
How big is the threat to the EU from foreign fighters? by Cara De Vidts
Over 2,000 Europeans have gone to Syria to fight with Islamic extremist groups. Those who will come back may possibly be planning to bring the fight to Europe.
As turmoil in the Middle East and the North Africa region mounts, concerns for water scarcity seem remote in light of deteriorating humanitarian and political circumstances. Nonetheless, rising water scarcity is viewed by some as the Achilles heel of growth prospects for the region.
ISIS and SISI by Thomas L. Friedman
The New York Times
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, the Sunni militia that has gouged out a new state from Sunni areas in Syria and Iraq) and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (the new president of Egypt) are both confronted with the necessity of ensuring better economic conditions to their populations, but they lack the means to do that satisfactorily.
The EU is currently faced with clear tactical choices in the defence field, by pursuing defence capacity build-up strategies in unmanned aerial programmes and by extensively funding for military-grade drone research and ‘dual-use technologies’.
Refugee-hit Turkey’s new Syrian Kurdish Dilemmas by Hugh Pope
International Crisis Group
Paradoxes and contradictions are observed on the eastern end of Turkey’s 911 km-long border with Syria and involve ethnic Kurds, who are the majority on both sides of the frontier in the Mardin province.
Talking with the jihadists is a strategy for losing by Clifford D. May
The Washington Times
By looking at Koran precepts, the author offers insights on the impossibility of involving jihadists within a democratic debate.
The war on drugs is lost – legalise the heroin trade by William Patey
The war on drugs has failed in Afghanistan, and without removing the demand for illicit opium, driven by illicit heroin use in consumer countries, the failure was both predictable and inevitable. The only alternative would seem to try to limit the demand for illicit drugs by making a supply of them available from a legally regulated market.
Will Sikorski be the next EU foreign policy chief? by Andrew Rettman
With leaders haggling over EU top jobs this week, Polish FM Radek Sikorski is the most talked-about candidate for the next foreign policy chief.