Global militarisation

The current priority of the dominant security actors is maintaining international security through the vigorous use of military force combined with the development of both nuclear and conventional weapons systems. Post-Cold War nuclear developments involve the modernisation and proliferation of nuclear systems, with an increasing risk of limited nuclear-weapons use in warfare – breaking a threshold that has held for sixty years and seriously undermining multilateral attempts at disarmament. These dangerous trends will be exacerbated by developments in national missile defence, chemical and biological weapons and a race towards the weaponisation of space.

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"Mali: Another Long War?" - Sustainable security on channel 4 news

Ben Zala and Anna Alissa Hitzemann | | January 2013

Issue:Global militarisation

French soldierNot unlike the United States in both Afghanistan and Iraq, the French government has begun the intervention with talk of short timelines and minimal troops on the ground before quickly changing its tune, write Anna Alissa Hitzemann and Ben Zala for Channel 4 News .

Image source: Channel 4 News (from original article)

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"Mali: Why Western Intervention is destined to fail" - Sustainable security on Channel 4 News

Issue:Global militarisation

Britain is on standby and the US is already transporting French troops into Mali. But the west is "betting on the wrong horse" by intervening in the region. Now well over a decade after the beginning of the so-called war on terror, yet again, another western nation is leading a military intervention against Islamist paramilitaries based in a largely ungoverned region of a state in the Global South, write Anna Alissa Hitzemann and Ben Zala for Channel 4 News.

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Myanmar: Peaceful Transition to Democracy or Storm Clouds on the Horizon?

Anna Alissa Hitzemann | | November 2012

Issues:Global militarisation, Marginalisation

Published last week, Myanmar: Storm Clouds on the Horizon is International Crisis Group’s latest Asia report. It focuses on the potential for political violence and social instability as Mynamar’s leaders are undertaking reforms “to move the country decisively away from its authoritarian past”.  

Image source: Rusty Steward

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A top-down approach to sustainable security: The Arms Trade Treaty

Zoë Pelter | | November 2012

Issue:Global militarisation

Will an Arms Trade Treaty work towards sustainable security? As the future of the world’s first global treaty on the arms trade is discussed by the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, this article explores how the potential treaty – if reopened for further negotiation – could assist sustainable security policy.

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Towards sustainable civilian security in South Sudan

Zoë Pelter | | October 2012

Issue:Global militarisation

Civilian disarmament campaigns in South Sudan currently attempt to tackle one of the many symptoms of the country’s militarised post-war society. Instead, these campaigns must be seen as one part of an overarching and sustainable disarmament and security sector reform strategy that must be undertaken long term, while ensuring that the immediate security of communities is safeguarded and that their need for weapons to protect themselves is adequately addressed and reduced.  In South Sudan, there is a need for proactive strategy - not reactive operations - towards sustainable civilian security.

 Image Source: ENOUGH Project

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