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:
Four Ways the Ukraine Crisis Could Escalate To Use of Nuclear Weapons by Loren Thompson
So improbable though it may seem, both American and Russian doctrines and capabilities could lead to the use of nuclear weapons in a confrontation over Ukraine. The current local crisis could turn into something much worse.
The bodies of the three young Israeli settlers who went missing three weeks ago have been found close to the West Bank city of Hebron. While Israeli settlers mourn, Palestinians worry about retaliation.
My Summer in a Soviet Pioneer Camp by Carl Bromwich and Maeve Shearlaw
At 11, Carl Bromwich went from Yorkshire to Belarus to join the communist equivalent of the scouts. He told GuardianWitness about raising the red flag, camp fires and lectures on milk quotas.
Nowhere Land by David Conrad
After 40 years of fighting in the desert for their unrecognized country, the people of Western Sahara may be on the cusp of collapsing into extremism. It could well be what might save them.
Our Man in Baghdad by Daavid Rohde, Warren Strobel, Missy Ryan and Ned Parker
How America empowered Nouri al-Maliki but then failed to keep that power in check.
The escalation of the crisis in Ukraine has directly threatened energy security in Europe and is forcing policy makers to evaluate the lack of diversification among European energy sources.
There are over 60 different ethnic groups in South Sudan, and more than 80 linguistic ones. Indeed, the conflict that has become an ethnic war between Dinka and Nuer, which is now affecting the whole population.
THINK AGAIN: Did France’s Intervention Work in Mali? By Simon Allison
In the nearly 18 months since the first French bombs were dropped on Islamist positions, Mali has managed to get back on its feet. This is a significant achievement, but it is not the end of the road for the country.
Sweden and NATO: Getting Closer? by Oscar Jonsson
Sweden has been described as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) number one partner, but its legacy and self-perception as a neutral state seem to persist.
Why is Statehood So Popular? by Tanisha Fazal and Ryan Griffiths
Secessionism has been on the rise since the middle of the 20th century, and in 2014 there are over 50 secessionist groups around the world. The author explains why so many groups seek statehood.