MIACC refers to a Military-Industrial-Academic-Cultural Complex. The idea that common worldviews and interests shared by military and industrial elites have enormously impacted on decisions made in the field of security policies is not new; we mean here to draw attention to the power of other actors in shaping and circulating arguments to the wider public which will contribute to legitimizing such worldviews.
C'est l'histoire pré-coloniale, coloniale
et post-coloniale du Kivu qui a préparé les conditions où les événements
récents se sont enchaînés. Comprendre n'est pas justifier: il faut se méfier de
l'instrumentalisation que les idéologues font de l'histoire. English
Amidst calls for justice through the barrel of a gun and hopes Pakistan's army will break ties with the TTP, does an emphasis on the narrative of Violence against Women play into the very binaries that legitimate the Taliban's existence?
Though triggered by a combination of recent events, the pre-colonial,
colonial and post-colonial history of the Kivus sets the stage on which
they take shape. Understanding is not justification: beware the
instrumentalisation of history by ideologues. Français.
The military and political tensions in the contested eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo are reinforced by diplomatic failures. A turn towards negotiation and compromise is vital if the area's long-term problems are to be addressed, says Andrew Wallis.
The shooting of Malala Yousufzai, and the public outcry in response to it, has been called a turning point for Pakistan. But what sort of 'moment' is this? For Omar Quraishi, clearly identifying the internal threat is the important first step.
This week Vron Ware's new book, Military Migrants (Palgrave Macmillan) is published, documenting the untold story of the British Army's recruitment of Commonwealth citizens from 1998 to the present. Why did this happen and what do military recruitment policies have to do with nationhood, politics and culture? To further explore the militarisation of every day life in its shifting global context, we are proud to launch Vron Ware’s new column, Up in Arms
L'éruption de violence dans l'est de la République
Démocratique du Congo reflète l'échec des organisations nationales et
internationales sur le long terme, affectant les citoyens de la région ainsi
que les communautés de la diaspora européenne. Pour sortir de ce cycle, il
faudra s'en prendre aux racines de la violence. Read this in English.
An eruption of militia-based violence in the eastern Democratic
Republic of Congo reflects a longer-term pattern of failure by national
and international agencies. The effects are now being felt among
diaspora communities in Europe as well as citizens in the region. The
roots of violence must be addressed if the cycle is to be ended, says
Andrew Wallis. Français.
Beaucoup des facteurs de conflit dans l'est de la
République Démocratique du Congo se trouvent à l'intérieur de ses frontières
mais une analyse qui ignorerait le rôle du Rwanda ces dernières années ne
permettrait pas de démonter le mécanisme des cycles d'insurrection violente. Read this in English.
Many of the drivers of conflict in eastern DR Congo
lie within its borders, but an analysis that ignores the role of Rwanda in recent
years is inadequate to the task of disassembling the cycles of violent insurrection. Français.
Given such levels of violence against girls and women, it is a wonder
that so many Indians can feel superior while talking about the Taliban assault
in neighbouring Pakistan. It will take more to defeat the Taliban, be they of the Islamic, Hindu or any
A power-sharing political system already exists, but not the one Farhad Arian envisions. The system proposed is unrealistic, and looking to the 'International Community' to bring it into being is misguided, at best.
The international focus on Pakistan has affected how knowledge is produced within Pakistan, and who for. Looking ahead, Pakistani research faces a multiplicity of threats, even as non-governmental voices proliferate.
A former fighter who famously laid down his arms in a 2007 amnesty agreement, has been detained by the Palestinian Authority since May. A hunger strike to protest his detention without charge is threatening his life.
It has increasingly become a question of when - not if - the violence in Syria will lead to sectarian fighting in Lebanon. This reflects a commonly held belief that conflict in Lebanon is shaped from outside its borders; a belief that risks ignoring the ways in which Lebanon can be responsible for its own fate.
After being home to several Olympic competitions this summer, London's ExCel Centre is to host one of the world's most important arms fairs in 2013. But the event's past affiliations with autocratic regimes and the nature of the exhibitors and buyers involved should be enough to forbid it from happening.
SSR cannot be effective unless efforts are made to tackle corruption, but often this issue is felt to be too politically sensitive to address. Approaching corruption as a systemic issue opens the space for defence officials to become engaged.
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