Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Colombian government and FARC sign final peace agreement, ending 52 years of conflict; over 1,800 people killed in crackdown on drugs since the Philippines new president took office seven weeks ago; anti-Mugabe protests turn violent in Zimbabwean capital; and more.
In the build up to the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union, some advocates for leaving the EU have argued that Britain’s security is better met by its membership of NATO rather than the European Union. In reality, the United Kingdom’s membership of the EU gives it diplomatic leverage and law enforcement mechanisms that it would not have on it own as well as military cooperation beyond that possible within NATO. While NATO remains somewhat of a ‘solution looking for a problem’, the EU takes a broad political, economic and military approach to security that is in keeping with our own approach and is well-suited to the interconnected security threats of the 21st century.