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37(4) Fall 2016, Africa, Central Africa, Global Notebook, Politics, Security

The DRC’s Violent Campaign Trail to 2016

As Laurent Kabila, the increasingly paranoid president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), consulted his economic adviser in his presidential office, a trusted...
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gets a look at the latest high-tech projects being developed for wounded soldiers by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, including the ATLAS Robot, center, demonstrated by engineer Brad Tousley, right, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Pentagon.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
37(4) Summer 2016, Americas, Asia, East Asia, Europe, Features, Middle East, North America, Politics, Security

The Ethics and Implications of Modern Warfare: Robotic Systems and Human Optimization

The Ethical Questions of Military Technology In 1139, Pope Innocent II led the Second Lateran Council in banning the use of crossbows in war....
On Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, a Kurdish fighter, known as a peshmerga, yawns as he stands guard on the frontline in Sinjar, Iraq. In the shadow of the buildup to the long-awaited Mosul offensive, Kurdish forces are seizing additional territory that they say will become part of their semiautonomous region. The moves are further straining relations between two groups ostensibly allied in the fight against the Islamic State group: Iraq’s Kurdish forces known as the peshmerga and the country’s powerful Shiite militias.(AP Photo/Bram Janssen, File)
37(4) Summer 2016, Africa, Americas, Features, Middle East, North Africa, North America, Politics, Security

The Changing Nature of War in the Middle East and North Africa

It is not easy to address war in the Middle East. There are, however, some clear trends. In the course of the last quarter...
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37(4) Fall 2016, Central Asia, Economics, Environment, Features, Health, Security

High and Dry: Central Asia’s Failure to Avert the Impending Water Crisis

In 2016, the World Resources Institute published a map called Water Stress by Country, comparing the shortages of fresh water experienced by countries across...
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37(4) Fall 2016, Asia, Central Asia, Features, Security

The Geographical Pivot of Central Asia

Introduction Robert Kaplan predicts the future by thinking about the right things at the wrong time. The author and international relations expert’s works sometimes...
Calvery, former director of FinCEN, attends a Congressional hearing. Part of FinCEN is also responsible for regulations protecting against money laundering.
37(4) Summer 2016, Americas, Asia, Economics, North America, Perspectives, Security

Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous: Confronting Dirty Money in US Real Estate

Not Your Average Neighbor On Christmas Eve of 2007, a Moscow-based network of corrupt officials and Russian organized crime fabricated and filed a US$230...
Army Spc. Grant Richardson stands guard duty in a tower at Forward Operating Base Hieder in the Ninewa Province town of Rabi'ah, Iraq, on June 30, 2005. Photo taken by Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert M. Schalk, U.S. Navy, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
37(3) Spring 2016, 37(3) Spring 2016, Analysis, Eastern Europe, Features, Middle East, Politics, Security

Adapting to the Evolving Strategic Environment – Applying the Lessons of the Global War on Terror to Future Threats

  A career in the US Army in the last fifteen years has mostly centered on the fight against Violent Extremist Organizations (VEO) in...
An MQ-1B Predator, left, and an MQ-9 Reaper taxi to the runway in preparation for takeoff June 13, 2014, on Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The aircraft are assigned to the 432nd Wing, which trains pilots, sensor operators and other remotely piloted aircraft crewmembers, and conducts combat surveillance and attack operations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen)
37(3) Spring 2016, Africa, Analysis, Asia, Environment, Features, Health, Science & Technology, Security

The Growing International Movement Against Killer Robots

  Six weapons have been internationally banned: poison gas, biological weapons, chemical weapons, blinding lasers, antipersonnel landmines, and cluster munitions. The bans on the...
Syrian refugees and migrants pass through Slovenia. Photo accessed via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
37(4) Summer 2016, Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Features, Health, Human Rights, Middle East, Politics, Security

Into the Mind of the Refugee: Unpacking Modern Refugee Mental Health

The story of the refugee is not new. From the times of the Roman Empire to the ongoing Syrian Civil War, civilians in conflict...
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37(4) Summer 2016, Caribbean, Eastern Africa, Economics, Features, Human Rights, Middle East, North Africa, Politics, Security, West Africa

Moving Targets: The Evolution and Future of Smart Sanctions

The phrase “modern warfare” brings to mind high-tech weapons, pervasive surveillance, and murky borders — not necessarily economic policy. However, as the weapons, strategies,...