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Counterinsurgency: not an Arab specialty

When it comes to counterinsurgencies, violence merely begets violence. So what is needed to successfully tackle insurgents? And why is it that Arab governments and militaries have such a poor track record in this domain?

The dark side of the web: ISIL’s one-stop shop?

With law enforcement agencies pooling resources to counter ISIL's online propaganda, this Alert seeks to raise awareness of the jihadists’ use of the so-called ‘Dark Web’.

Transit Niger: migrants, rebels and traffickers

Niger is increasingly becoming a major hub for drugs and arms smuggling in the Sahel region, as well as for clandestine migration. Can Niger block these irregular migration and smuggling routes – and if so, will it?

Stranded at sea: the Rohingya

Much like the EU, several ASEAN countries are now facing a migrant boat crisis. But attitudes towards the issue differ markedly. What are the obstacles to addressing the suffering of the Rohingya at a regional level?

Briefs

  • Counterinsurgency: not an Arab specialty

    When it comes to counterinsurgencies, violence merely begets violence. So what exactly is needed to successfully tackle insurgents? And why is it that Arab governments and militaries have such a poor track record in this domain?

  • European defence collaboration – Back to the future

    The EU is seeking to acquire the necessary military capabilities to foster security in its neighbourhood and beyond. But can scattered islands of collaboration at a bilateral or mini-lateral level be brought together to form a coherent and mutually supportive European archipelago of defence?

  • Enabling partners to manage crises – From ‘train and equip’ to capacity-building

    This Brief examines the debates within the EU over the provision of military equipment to third states in order to bolster their capacity for crisis management. What are the technical, legal and political constraints which exist?

Publications

  • Arctic security matters

    The Arctic region is currently undergoing major and rapid transformation, both environmentally and economically. This report, the outcome of a EUISS Task Force, examines how these changes carry significant political implications, and highlights the new security challenges that are emerging in the region.

  • CSDP in action – What contribution to international security?

    This Chaillot Paper looks at CSDP operations and missions, and explores how they fit into the broader crisis management environment and multilateral efforts towards international peace. It highlights the inherent constraints facing CSDP and how these inevitably limit its overall impact or degree of success. The paper also examines the EU’s added value and the extent to which CSDP is moving forward at various levels, in a process that shows increasing professionalisation in ‘running’ CSDP operations.

  • The European Union's External Action #CFSPbasics

    Produced for the occasion of the EUISS conference with HR/VP Mogherini in April 2015, the leaflet goes back to basics on the EU’s external action. Infographics and illustrations, as well as a glossary of terms and relevant actors, present facts and figures about the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), as well as its broader external action activities – in an easily accessible manner.