Category Archives: Shifting Sands

Aug 16 2011

Addressing the elephant in the room: filling the policy vacuum of the international counter-narcotics strategy in Afghanistan

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By Jorrit Kamminga This year’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the United Nations central policy-making body on drug related matters, dedicated a special round-table session  to the principle of common or shared responsibility. It tries to revitalise the principle that … Continue reading

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Apr 6 2011

Reflections on Violence and Nonviolence in the Arab Uprisings

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By Guy Burton Following the overthrow of the Tunisian and Egyptian presidents in the last two months, the Arab uprisings appear to have stalled. Across the Middle East, the region’s leaders appear to have absorbed the lessons of Tunis and … Continue reading

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Mar 29 2011

Deadlock and Dialogue: The Principles of the “Iran Model”

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By Robert Mason Ask a European diplomat what they think about Iranian negotiation strategy and they will accuse Iran of only being able to say “no”. Anyone who says “yes” either does not have the authority and/or risks jeopardising their … Continue reading

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