The limits of US security cooperation in Jordan
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The limits of US security cooperation in Jordan

By: Peter Kirechu The most notable feature of President Barack Obama’s partnership-based counterterrorism doctrine­–roughly defined–is its central focus on training and arming local security services to independently deal with emerging terrorism threats. The President’s doctrine is unfortunately fraught with inconsistent performance of US-trained security services, especially among fragile states in the Middle East and beyond. … Continue reading

International Women’s Day: The impact of conflict on parity
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International Women’s Day: The impact of conflict on parity

Author’s note: Much of the reference to Yemen was drawn from the recent publication: “Rebuilding Yemen: Political, Economic and Social Challenges”[1] (2015).   By: Joana Cook Today marks the 2016 International Women’s Day, where the year’s theme “Pledge for Parity” promotes areas extending from helping women and girls achieve their ambitions, calling for gender-balanced leadership, … Continue reading

Wahaishi is gone, but AQAP will thrive in absence of political solution
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Wahaishi is gone, but AQAP will thrive in absence of political solution

By Joana Cook: News broke this morning of the death of Nassir al-Wahaishi, the second in command of al-Qaeda, and the leader of its strongest affiliate group, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula (AQAP). Wahaishi was reportedly killed in a drone strike, said to have taken place in the port city of Mukallah, Yemen. While this strike … Continue reading

Review: ‘Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars’ by Chris Woods
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Review: ‘Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars’ by Chris Woods

By Harris Kuemmerle: Chris Woods, Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars. London, UK: Hurst Publishers., 2015. Pages: 400. £20.00 (hardback). ISBN: 9781849044028.  The recent growth over the past decade in the scope and complexity of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in warfare is remarkable not only for the immense pace by which the technology and procedural practices have matured, … Continue reading