Monthly Archives: July 2013

Changes in Kuwait’s National Assembly

Although Kuwait’s July 27 parliamentary election only slightly shifted the composition of Kuwait’s National Assembly, the changes are “surprising,” according to Kuwaiti political analyst Madhi Al-Khamees. A shift in the makeup of the tribal bloc and slight gains by liberal candidates constitute the most substantial changes to the makeup of the Assembly, and have made […]

Eurasia News Week in Review

A round-up of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the region over the last week: Central Asia: A U.S. Congressional subcommittee held a hearing examining the threat of “resource wars” in Central Asia. “When new sources of supplies are opened, as is the case with Central Asia, there is still fear […]

A year after controversial operation, U.S. military aid to Tajikistan under review

On July 24, 2012, Tajikistan’s military undertook an operation in the small town of Khorog. Ostensibly the operation was directed at the killers of a local security official, a murder that the central government blamed on several local informal leaders, or “commanders” as they’re most commonly known in Khorog. But the scale of the operation, […]

Eurasia News Week in Review

A round-up of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the region over the last week:   Central Asia: The U.S. has agreed to leave its air base in Kyrgyzstan, media in Central Asia reported. U.S. officials declined to confirm or deny the reports. Last week, Ambassador Eric John, Senior Advisor for Security […]

Africa News Week in Review

The following is a round-up of the top articles and news highlights from the African continent during the past week. Nigeria Panapress reports indicated that Nigeria signed a cease-fire with Islamist group Boko Haram, although Boko Haram leaders deny such an agreement ever existed. The military says it has uncovered mass graves and weapons caches […]

MENA Week in Review

Below is a roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the MENA region over the last week: U.S. policy: Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Jordan on Monday hoping to restart peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders after a 3-year freeze in negotiations. On Friday, Kerry announced that […]

What Mali Can Teach Us: A Discussion on the Primacy of Civil Authority in Rebuilding the Security Sector

On July 9, 2013, the Stimson Center’s Future of Peace Operations program, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Mali Watch, and NDU’s Africa Center for Strategic Studies hosted an event on “What Mali Can Teach Us: A Discussion on the Primacy of Civil Authority in Rebuilding the Security Sector.” According to the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, […]