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MEDIA ALERT: French troops in Mali prepare for first major ground operation against insurgents

January 16th, 2013, Media Alerts

MEDIA ALERT: French troops in Mali prepare for first major ground operation against insurgents Jan. 16, 2013   French troops are moving north Wednesday for their first major ground operation in Mali alongside Malian troops, in an attempt to stop rebels, believed to be associated with the terrorist group al-Qaeda, from dominating a region that some [...]

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Erik Brattberg

Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University

July 10th, 2012, Afghanistan, Danish, Defense and Security, English, Europe, French, German, International Relations, Iraq, Israel, North America, North America, Northern Ireland, Norwegian, Politics and Governance, Spanish, Swedish, Terrorism, USA, War and Conflict


Erik Brattberg is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. He is also a Research Associate at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm.His research interests include European foreign and security policy, global security governance and transatlantic [...]

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Sectarianism after the Arab Spring: An Exaggerated Spectre

June 25th, 2012, Books & Papers, Expert Updates


Sectarianism experienced a boost in the aftermath of the 2011 popular uprisings in the Arab world. But a closer look reveals that Arab leaders’ over-emphasis on the dangers of sectarianism conveniently served their purpose of safeguarding ruling elites’ hold on power. The international community should not be overly taken in by the narrative that reforms should be limited due to sectarian tension.

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MEDIA ALERT: Boko Haram claims responsibility for Nigerian suicide bombing

June 4th, 2012, Media Alerts


YELWA, NIGERIA – Islamist militant group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing that killed at least 12 people Sunday. The bombing took place at a church in Yelwa near Nigeria’s northern Bauchi state.

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MEDIA ALERT: Turkey suicide car bomb kills policeman, injures several

May 25th, 2012, Media Alerts

ISTANBUL, TURKEY –A suicide car bomb exploded outside a police headquarters Friday killing one policeman and injuring several others, according to Turkey’s interior minister. The attack took place in the central Turkish province of Kayseri. No group has claimed immediate responsibility.

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The Quran Desecration and the Role of Religion in Conflict

April 10th, 2012, Expert Updates

This Peace Brief is based in part upon a closed-door roundtable convened by the United States Institute of Peace which drew on the expertise of scholars, practitioners, U.S. government officials, and the policy community to discuss the implications of the burning of the Quran.

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