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The weekly briefing, 6 February 2018: Civil unrest breaks out in Maldives, protesters march through Kiev, US stock market suffers worst hit in six years

Underreported political and security risk updates from around the world. This week includes events in Ethiopia, South Africa, United States, Venezuela, North Korea, the Maldives, Belgium, Ukraine, Libya and Syria.

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Towards an EU defence force?

While NATO and the EU will remain joint protectors of Europe for the foreseeable future, the EU is largely united in a desire to build new military infrastructure across the continent. There is not yet consensus on the scope of that military ambition, but the direction of travel towards an EU defence force seems clearer now than at any point in the EU’s history.

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The weekly briefing, 23 January 2018: Six killed in widespread protests in DR Congo, US government shut down postponed for 17 days, UN launches its 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen

Underreported political and security risk updates from around the world. This week includes analysis from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, the United States, Ecuador, South Korea, the Philippines, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Tunisia and Yemen.

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The weekly briefing, 18 January 2018: Efforts to stop stricken oil tanker sinking in East China Sea fail, protesters and police officers clash in Kiev, Bangladesh and Myanmar reach agreement over Rohingya repatriations

Underreported political and security risk updates from around the world, including Tanzania, Tunisia, the United States, Peru, Bangladesh, the East China Sea, France, Ukraine, Egypt and Iraq.

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Remote warfare and the Boko Haram insurgency

This report examines the effectiveness of the use of remote warfare by the Nigerian government, its regional allies and Western states to counter the threat of Boko Haram. Our analysis shows that the operations have encouraged the factional forces of the insurgency to metastasise, build resilience and craft new tactics.

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The weekly briefing, 9 January 2018: Possible major environmental disaster in East China Sea, Russian supreme court upholds decision to bar opposition leader from presidential election, Syrian government forces intensify offensive on opposition-held Idlib

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: possible major environmental disaster after Iranian oil tanker and Chinese freighter collide in East China Sea; Russian supreme court upholds decision to bar opposition leader Aleksei Navalny from running in presidential election in March; Syrian government forces intensify offensive on opposition-held Idlib despite agreement to maintain area as de-escalation zone; and more.

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The weekly briefing, 22 November 2017: Robert Mugabe resigns, commander of US Strategic Command highlights limits to Donald Trump’s executive power, UN warns situation in Yemen is critical

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Robert Mugabe resigns after 37 years as Zimbabwe’s president; commander of US Strategic Command highlights limits to Donald Trump’s executive power with regard nuclear weapons; UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen warns that situation in Yemen is critical following Saudi blockade of the country; and more.

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The weekly briefing, 14 November 2017: Direct contact between Wikileaks and Donald Trump Jr., cyber-attack group targets individuals and organisations critical of Vietnamese government, Iraqi forces launch offensive to recapture remaining territory held by Islamic State

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Magazine reveals direct contact between Wikileaks and Donald Trump Jr. in lead up to 2016 US presidential election; Vietnam-based cyber-attack group targets individuals and organisations critical of Hanoi; Iraqi forces launch offensive to recapture remaining territory held by Islamic State in Iraq; and more.

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