The Ukraine Invasion: One Year Later

March/April 2015 David J. Kramer Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine posed the most serious challenge to European security in decades. In one stroke, he thumbed his nose at the Helsinki Accords of 1975, the Paris Charter of 1990, the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, and other agreements and commitments that had kept the peace…

Somalia: Al Shabaab Ignored And Abandoned

March 15, 2015: Defectors and captured al Shabaab members report that that group’s leaders are dismayed that other Islamic terror groups like ISIL (al Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant) in Syria and Boko Haram in Nigeria are crowding al Shabaab out of the media. Al Shabaab needs that media attention for fund raising and…

Continuing military operations in South Kordofan

SOUTH KORDOFAN STATE (3 Jan.) Military operations between SPLA-N and the Sudan Armed Forces have been continuing in areas south and east of Kadugli, according to the operations commander of SPLA-N in Daloka Locality, Brigadier Kuku Idris. In a statement, Idris explained that the ‘crucial summer operations’ announced by the Sudanese armed forces against SPLA-N…

Global Militarisation Index 2014

Release date: 2014-12 PDF-Download German (4.64 MB) English (4.63 MB) Authors Jan Grebe Editors Susanne Heinke Research theme Arms production and political economy Arms transfers and arms control The Global Militarisation Index (GMI) depicts the relative weight and importance of the military apparatus of one state in relation to its society as a whole. The…