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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:


Afghanistan: A Taliban-Humanitarian Affair by Akmal Dawi

The Diplomat

Humanitarian workers in Afghanistan are finding it increasingly necessary to engage with the Taliban in order to work in the vast majority of the country.


China Sees Islamic State Inching Closer to Home by Alexa Olesen

Foreign Policy

Threat by the Islamic State (IS) to revenge against countries for seizing ‘Muslim right’ and its wide-distribution in Chinese news has made ordinary citizens in China more aware of the conflict that until recently felt distant.


Fair-Weather Friend by Trita Parsi

Foreign Policy

Iran is usually known for jumping on every opportunity to blast Israel for its treatment of Palestinians. But Iranian leaders have remained unusually quiet during the on-going fight in Gaza. It seems that shifting dynamics across the Middle East and a new president in Tehran have changed Iran’s political calculus on Palestine.


Gaza, Ebola, Iraq… are we approaching disaster overload? by Sam Jones

The Guardian

As increasing number of high-profile conflicts compete simultaneously for public and media attention, other humanitarian crises are pushed off the news agenda.


How to Win in Iraq by Michael O’Hanlon

Foreign Affairs

After containing ISIS with air strikes, the United States will need to consider what comes next. Many options exist in between all-out use of U.S. combat forces and the recently employed limited measures.


Iraq exposes the west’s hypocrisy in the Middle East by Carne Ross

The Guardian

Independent Diplomat’s Carne Ross agrees with taking military action in northern Iraq but argues that the West’s record on who gets saved and who doesn’t is shameful.


Neither truth nor justice

The Economist

Nearly four decades after atrocities perpetrated by one of the cruellest regimes the world has known, two leaders of the Cambodian Khmers Rouges were convicted and sentenced for their crimes. But these sentences feel like impunity in the wider political context of the trials.


Russia’s Food Ban is High-Risk, Low-Reward by Mark Adomanis

The Moscow Times

Russia’s ban on food imports is likely to harm Russian consumers more than the economies of the US and EU. Agricultural exports amount to only a small portion of the economies of industrialized EU countries and the US whereas Russia is heavily dependant on food imports.


Watching the Eclipse by David Remnick

The New Yorker

Ambassador Michael McFaul was there when the promise of democracy came to Russia – and when it began to fade.


What You Need to Know About the Ebola Outbreak

The New York Times

Q&A from The New York Times offers answers to the questions on the spread of the current outbreak, difficulties in containing the disease and compares it with other deadly viruses that have made the headlines.


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