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France’s vow to battle Islamist militants in Mali “as long as necessary” risks plunging the former colonial power into a prolonged campaign, according to diplomats and experts.

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Jan 12, 2013
Richard Gowan
Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa

The wars in Mali and Syria have followed very different trajectories over the past month. While Syria has become symbolic of international inaction, France’s use of force in Mali has shown that some Western governments are still willing to launch new interventions abroad.

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Jan 29, 2013
Richard Gowan

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban ki-Moon has asked the Security Council to approve Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, for use in the Eastern Congo. 

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Jan 15, 2013
Richard Gowan
Sub-Saharan Africa

Despite the presence of 1,500 peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). U.N. planners believe that drones would improve the operation's ability to track, and possibly pre-empt, hostile militia movements in future. There are further plans to deploy drones to other U.N. missions in West Africa.

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Jan 14, 2013
Richard Gowan

In Africa and the War on Drugs, Neil Carrier and Gernot Klantschnig provide an insightful overview of the history of African drug production, trade, consumption and policy, with a particular focus on khat and cannabis.

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Jan 15, 2013
Camino Kavanagh

Rwanda has warned it will not tolerate attempts to blame it for a rebel insurgency in eastern Congo but vowed to use its two-year U.N. Security Council stint to help put an end to the conflict that has destabilized its much larger neighbor.

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Jan 02, 2013
Richard Gowan
Peace and Security

The United Nations, looking to modernize its peacekeeping operations, is planning for the first time to deploy a fleet of its own surveillance drones in peacekeeping missions in Central and West Africa.

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Jan 08, 2013
Richard Gowan
United Nations

The Annual Review of Global Peace Operations and the Review of Political Missions have evolved into the Global Peace Operations Review, an interactive web-portal presenting in-depth analysis and detailed data on military peacekeeping operations and civilian-led political missions by the United Nations, regional organizations, and ad-hoc coalitions. The website can be accessed here Global Peace Operations Review

Rwanda warned on it will not tolerate attempts to blame it for a rebel insurgency in eastern Congo but vowed to use its two-year U.N. Security Council stint to help put an end to the conflict that has destabilized its much larger neighbor.

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Dec 31, 2012
Richard Gowan
Sub-Saharan Africa

This paper, commissioned by the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations, analyzes current trends in United Nations peacekeeping and makes predictions about the development of UN operations over the next five years (to 2017).

Nov 27, 2012
Richard Gowan, Megan Gleason-Roberts
Peace and Security