Leader Development & Education for Sustained Peace Program: Cross-Cultural, Geopolitical & Regional Education

Month: June 2012

Topic Debate: Whatever Happened to Mali?

Background: Up until earlier this year, Mali was considered by many to be an example of African democracy. Indeed, in spite of its crippling poverty, the country has sustained free and mostly fair elections since 1991. However, in a series of recent unforeseen events, analysts and policy-makers are forced to seriously ask whether or not… Read More ›

Human Interest: Pakistan’s Civil Society

A Glossary of Corruption in Pakistan Pakistan is in political turmoil after the Supreme Court fired the prime minister. Yusuf Reza Gilani’s ouster came at the end of a long legal battle. For years he ignored the court’s directives that he write a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen a corruption investigation against his… Read More ›

LDESP Afghanistan-Pakistan News Update – 25 June 2012

This update is a summary of various news articles from open sources relating to US AFPAK policy and governance, economy, security and regional interests in Afghanistan and Western Pakistan. Please click on the links below to access the complete article from the internet. External links may expire at any time depending on the archiving policy… Read More ›

Human Interest: War Crimes – Wounds Live on after the Fighting Ends

Sex As A Weapon: Throughout history, sexual assault has been used as a weapon of war. On 8 June 2012, SETimes Published the article, “Wartime rape victims: ‘We live out of spite’”, reminding us of the sexual assaults and trauma inflicted on tens of thousands of women in BiH and Kosovo during the 1990s conflict…. Read More ›

LDESP USEUCOM News Update – June 2012

LDESP NEWS UPDATE FROM EUROPE: 21 June 2012 Disclaimer: The purpose of the LDESP news brief is to increase your situational awareness concerning events that may impact your mission. Articles are taken from established and diverse professional periodicals, news articles, and editorial commentaries from different countries, reflecting a range of political views/biases, that are intended… Read More ›

LDESP USPACOM News Update – June 2012

The PACOM update includes news coverage from Pakistan to the Pacific Islands. As with all LDESP news briefs, the information contained within the PACOM update is to increase situational awareness. The PACOM update focuses on issues concerning South Asia, South East Asia, North East Asia, China, Australia, and the Pacific Islands, including articles central to… Read More ›

Topic Debate: South China Sea Dispute

Background: The body of water commonly referred to as the South China Sea is located in the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by (in clockwise formation) China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. In addition to its geopolitical significance, where a third of the world’s shipping transits through, it is reported that “under the seabed… Read More ›

Topic Debate: Syria, after the Massacres

Background: In recent months, the escalation of conflict in Syria took a serious turn with reports of countless atrocities, including two civilian massacres. On 25 May, United Nations observers found a combined 108 casualties in the two neighboring towns of Houla and Taldou, and an estimated 78 casualties in Qubeir of the Hama province on… Read More ›

LDESP Afghanistan-Pakistan News Update – 5 June 2012

This update is a summary of various news articles from open sources relating to US AFPAK policy and governance, economy, security and regional interests in Afghanistan and Western Pakistan. Please click on the links below to access the complete article from the internet. External links may expire at any time depending on the archiving policy… Read More ›

LDESP Middle East News Update – June 2012

NOTE: This is an excerpt. Click here to see the news update in its entirety. The bimonthly LDESP Iraq News Update has transitioned to the monthly LDESP News Update From the Middle East. The Middle East update will include news coverage from Iran to Egypt. As with all LDESP news briefs, the information contained within… Read More ›

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