Month: February 2016

This Week in South Sudan – Week 8

Monday 22 February The Enough Project: “South Sudan’s Central Bank Demands Accountability for U.S. Dollar Auction” VICE In Photos: “The Children Fighting For an Education in South Sudan” Tuesday 23 February International Crisis Group: “South Sudan’s Peace Needs More than Tents and Generators” South Sudan’s warring parties have agreed on a security arrangement that allows… Read more »

Is Apple the New Global Dictator?

Apple, CISCO and Microsoft rule the world, and intend to do so. Imagine if CISCO or Apple held a general election. Billboards with potential board members smiling at us with an apple in one hand and a ballot in the other. Anyone who owns a computer or an iPad or a smartphone would be legitimate… Read more »

Ceasefire as a Fig Leaf for Carnage and Confusion

Just a couple of weeks ago, Aleppo was seen as a crucial battlefield in the Syrian civil war and was compared with Sarajevo as a tragedy of intolerable proportions not only by hard-hitting journalists but also by such responsible politicians as Michael Fallon, UK Defence Secretary. Yet presently, this devastated city is portrayed as the… Read more »

New Developments in Drone Proliferation: How Africa was Deployed to Rescue Drones

Debates on global drone proliferation tend to assume that adoption and adaptation of drones follow a universal logic and that the drone industry is a singular thing, geographically concentrated in the Global North. In this blog post I argue that these assumptions make it difficult to critically assess the growth in drone use across Africa…. Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 7

Monday 15 February A least five people were killed and several houses burned in Wau County, Western Bahr al Ghazal State, during clashes between government forces and armed men at Bisselia area. The SPLA allegedly closed the supply route between the Malakal Protection of Civilian (PoC) site and Wau Shilluk on the opposite bank of… Read more »

With Russia overextended elsewhere, Arctic cooperation gets a new chance

Can the United States and Russia actually cooperate in the Arctic? It might seem like wishful thinking, given that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev asserted that there is in fact a “New Cold War” between the two countries in a speech at the Munich Security Conference. Many people—at that conference and elsewhere—see the idea as far-fetched. Sure, Russia is… Read more »

The Iranian Nuclear Issue

I have been tracking the Iranian nuclear issue for about ten years. Important in its own right, this issue also has significant implications for the international agenda on nuclear weapons disarmament. Let it be noted at the outset that the expression in question – “Iranian Nuclear Issue” – is a freighted one; it suggests the problem… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 6

Tuesday 9 February People in Boro Medina in Western Bahr el Ghazal State have confirmed sightings of elements from the Lord’s Resistance Army out in the bush. The SPLM/A (IO) accused the government of military build-up in Jonglei State. Foreign Policy: ‘After Madaya, Will the World Watch South Sudan Starve Too?’ Wednesday 10 February So… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 5

Monday 1 February The situation in South Sudan is worsening according to a new African Union The report blames both the SPLA and the SPLA (IO) for the declining humanitarian situation. Government forces and the SPLA (IO) traded accusations over new clashes in Mundri, Western Equatoria State. The government welcomed IGAD’s call to form a… Read more »