WPI: Are Turks in Somalia for the Hajj or to Sell Beads? – Lede: International organizations are now saying that Somalia is on the mend. Its markets are beginning to recover, there is money moving throughout the impoverished country—and it’s all thanks to Turkey. Inspired by a World Policy Journal piece, Jamal Khashoggi explores some of the reasons why Turkey has been so eager to intervene, and how their aid has helped create a … http://ow.ly/2uzFR0
RUSI: The British Military Contribution to Operations in Mali: Is This Mission Creep? http://ow.ly/2uzrWd
SWP: Ten years after: lessons from the EUPM in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2002-2012 http://ow.ly/2uzny5
Friends Of Europe: Balkans progress: battling to overcome the impact of the crisis http://ow.ly/2uzg8h
IISS: Behind the Mali headlines, an issue of airlift – ByDouglas Barrie,James HackettandHenry Boyd, Defence and Military Analysis Programme Two weeks after sending troops to Mali to repel an advance by Islamist rebels, France has enjoyed much tactical success. French and Malian forces have now retaken Timbuktu and Gao, and are now reported to have reached the last Islamist stronghold, Kidal. The main challenges ahead […] http://ow.ly/2uz76v
SDA: Where cyber-security is heading – With the European Commission’s due to publish its proposals for securing Europe’s cyberspace in early 2013, the SDA is delighted to present its timely discussion paper “Where cyber-security is heading”. This paper brings together the views of a wide collection of international cyber experts and offers an overview of all the policymakers’ debates from the first year of the SDA’s Cyber Initiative. To download the discuss… http://ow.ly/2uz4fa
WPI: Gay Marriage in France: Change Now? – Lede: On Tuesday, the debate began at the French Parliament on a bill that would give gay couples the right to marry and adopt children. But it seems likely that the bill won’t go into effect for months. It’s a reminder that, in France, controversial cultural legislation needs to be passed quickly to avoid polarizing the society, something conflict-averse President Hollande is unable, o… http://ow.ly/2uyrpx
FriendsOfEurope: France in Mali: Now or Never for European Foreign and Security Policy http://ow.ly/2uyb8Q
GMFUS: America Rediscovers the Atlantic –
This article was first published in Aspenia, Aspen Italia’s journal. It can be read here in its original form (printed in Italian).
Most Europeans will be pleased with the re-election of President Obama after a campaign that many in Europe never realized was such a close run thing. Yet, there are lingering concerns, not least over the extent to which a second Obama Administration will focus on transatlantic relations – a subject that hardly featured in the presidential campaign. Public opinion surveys, and comments from American officials have many convinced that the so-called “pivot to Asia” spells less attention to the Atlantic. Americans, especially younger Americans, are looking to Asia as a region increasingly important to their perceived interests. But this hardly means that the Atlantic has disappeared from the US agenda. Indeed, the strategic significance of the Atlantic could acquire important new meaning to the extent that it is defined more broadly, to include the Atlantic basin as a whole, north and south. The north-south and south-south dimensions of transatlantic relations are poised to take center stage.
RUSI: Euronaval: Reinforcing the Strategic Importance of the Sea http://ow.ly/2uxXw3