Reading List

Some of this week’s interesting reads


‘You Can’t Eat Sharia’ – by Mohamed Elbaradei

Nobel Peace Price winner Mohamed Elbaradei expresses anger over the state of his country and the incompetence of Islamist leaders

“Who Won the Coup?” – by Aaron David Miller

“Twitter translates tweets from leading Egyptians”: New Twitter services translated Tweets from leading Egyptians

“Militant group forms in Egypt vowing violence”–  Sami Zaatari

New militant group in Sinai region vows violence following overthrow of Muhammad Morsi. Ansar al-Sharia says a war against Islam has been declared in Egypt

– Burma

“U Wirathu’s Million-dollar Soapbox” – by Jonathan Hulland

Human rights consultant Jonathan Hulland warns against media coverage of Islamphobic U Wirathu and argues that the inter-ethnic conflict should not be limited to him. The media should investigate the complex conflict and anti-Muslim movement, especially the political interests behind the Burmese monk.

“And reporting on one man is so much easier than reporting on the military’s continuing involvement in politics, rampant land confiscation, the ongoing very deadly fighting between Burma’s army and ethnic armed movements.”

– Mali

“Analysis: UN plays with fire in Mali” – by Simon Allison

The UN peacekeeping operation in Mali, MINUSMA, will be one of the most difficult, according to Simon Allison.

Human rights and emerging powers

“Encouraging stronger engagement by emerging powers on human rights” – by Kenneth Roth and Peggy Hicks

“New powers won’t play by old rules” – by David Petrasek

David Petrasek responds to article by Kenneth Roth and Peggy Hicks: “Expecting new global powers to promote human rights abroad via the United Nations assumes that they will play by the old rules and – if such pressure is to be effective – that human rights factors will condition their bilateral relationships; neither is likely”

Genocide Prevention and R2P

“Case Study for GenPrev” – by Anthony DiRosa

Does the Kenyan case study represent an example of successful R2P application? Can be used as a model?

“Assessment: Low risk of genocide in Kyrgyzstan” – by Scott Dempsey and the Sentinel Project

The Sentinel Project assessed the risk of genocide in Kyrgyzstan and found it to be unlikely within the next five years. The project based their research on 30 risk factors.

Middle East: Syria and Lybia

“In Libya and beyond, intervention’s just the start” – by Bob Rae

Bob Rae says international community must deal with the consequences of military intervention: “We can’t leave the job less than half done.” The end of oppressive regimes is just the beginning of the struggle.

“Helping Libya, Helping Syria” –  by Ted Galen Carpenter

Ted Carpenter argues that the Obama admisnitration shoud look at the conseuaences of the intervention in Libya before increasing aid to Syrian rebels and thereby becoming a participants in the civil war. “That would be a sobering exercise, for post-Qaddafi Libya is hardly a model that any sensible policy maker should wish to repeat.”

– Chad

 “U.S.-Backed Chadian Dictator Hissène Habré Faces War Crimes Trial in Historic Win for His Victims”

Hissène Habré, the former Chadian dictator, was arrested in Senegal and charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes for systematic torture and killings. The trial is likely to take place in Senegal, not at the ICC. Chadian accusers and an international legal team led by Human Rights Watch lawyer Reed Brody worked on this case for almost fifteen years. Brody discusses the case of the man who is known as “Africa’s Pinochet.”

“Former Chad leader Hissène Habré charged with crimes against humanity“ – by Michael Bronner

Bronner looks at U.S. connection with the Chadian dictator and sees situation as a cautionary tale for American intervention

– Zimbabwe

“Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe predicts ‘90% poll victory’”

The general elections are taking place on 31 July. President Robert Mugabe launched his party’s campaign and predicts a 90% victory for the Zanu-PF. While Mugabe urged voters and supporters to avoid violence, he described the elections as a “do-or-die struggle” and “battle for survival”.  The elections are taking place on July 31.

– Mapping Think Tanks

“Insight: Thinking about Tanking” An interesting map of Think Tanks around the world



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