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Climate Security is National Security

Between 2008-2012 over 144 million people were displaced by a sudden onset of disasters in more than 122 countries, a number far higher than the number of refugees and internally displaced by conflict and persecution during the same period.  Unpredictable climate-related calamities and the associated socio-economic costs test our current legal…
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Now That Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is Dead, What Next?

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, was killed on the 26th of October in a raid carried out by U.S. Special Forces when he detonated a suicide vest in the Syrian province of Idlib. In a statement the following day, U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged the role of Iraq, Turkey, Russia, the Kurds, and the Syrian government in…
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Frenemies: Prospects and Challenges for the Military Integration of the Taliban into the Afghan Security Forces

With a potential peace settlement on the horizon, much will depend on the prospects and challenges for the integration of Taliban battlefield commanders and fighters into the ranks of the Afghan military, police, and security service—else they could become a significant source of instability, igniting a new conflict by morphing into another…
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CPP-NPA and the Duterte Administration: Realpolitik in Insurgency and Terrorism

For the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the National People's Army, strategic positioning is key to spreading influence from the organization's core to the grassroots level. NPA tactics of dispersal, concentration, and shifting can be viewed from two perspectives: in line with their activities or ideological, political, and…
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