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Kashmir: An old conflict flares up again

The conflict between India and Pakistan over the northern state of Kashmir has been going on since independence from the British and the partition of India in 1947. There have been three major bouts of fighting over the region and … Continue reading

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Venezuela: A Crisis Escalates

In the lists of conflicts to watch in 2019 the usual suspects make an entry: Syria, Afghanistan and potential conflicts between the United States and China, or Iran. Some are ongoing conflicts that have caused great harm, while others are … Continue reading

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Syria: Endgame Nigh?

Politicians in the West and leaders in the Middle East appear to have come to terms with the dominance of President Assad in Syria. Not only has the Assad regime survived a war that at one point saw it losing … Continue reading

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The Ukraine: Between War and Peace

The conflict in Ukraine began in 2014 and affects an estimated 4.4 million people, with the UN recording over 10,000 deaths. Of these 2,530 were civilians and another 9,000 civilians were injured. According to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation … Continue reading

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Syria: Danger Ahead

To say that 2018 has been a good year for the Assad regime and its allies would be a major understatement, for outside of the areas held by the Kurdish dominated SDF and pockets of areas held by a diminished … Continue reading

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Syria: The 2018 Daraa Offensive

If there was ever any doubt about the dominance of the Assad regime and its allies in the Syrian War the current offensive against opposition forces in the southern region of the Daraa governorate demonstrates the brutal truth that the … Continue reading

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Yemen: The Battle for Hudaydah

The multi-faceted conflict in Yemen has thus far cost over ten thousand lives and left 75% of the population in need of humanitarian assistance. It has roots in the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’ but fighting did not begin until 2014 when … Continue reading

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The 2018 Global Peace Index: Implications for Conflict Resolution

The 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI) is a useful tool for identifying which countries and regions are having the most negative impact on the overall global state of peace, particularly when the trends are considered over time. The output from … Continue reading

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The Singapore Summit: The Spectacle Has You

It would be hard to miss the fact that there has been a summit in Singapore this week between US and North Korean leaders. The meeting of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un was an event heavy on spectacle and … Continue reading

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The 2018 Global Peace Index: An Overview

The Global Peace Index (GPI) is released annually and provides a ranking of 163 independent states and territories, covering 99.7% of the world’s population based on 23 quantitative and qualitative indicators. The key concept behind the GPI is the idea … Continue reading

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