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As a new wave of violent conflicts has ravaged Africa, borders and conventional peace processes have done little to contain them. A cold war between Ethiopia and Eritrea has spilled over into Somalia, where Eritrea has supported the jihadist group al Shabaab in its fight against the Ethiopian-backed government in Mogadishu.
The world is still one in which the nation-state is the dominant actor, so peace processes often end up ignoring regional or subnational dynamics.
"L’enquête « Génération quoi ? » auprès des 18-34 ans menée par deux sociologues, Cécile Van de Velde et Camille Peugny, montre que cette jeunesse se considère comme une génération « perdue », persuadés qu’ils ne connaîtront rien d’autre que la crise, et que ce sera pire pour leurs enfants. Le discours de crise qui règne dans les médias et qui est tenu par une partie de la classe politique est tel qu’ils sont convaincus d’être des déclassés. Aidés par leurs parents, ils ne leur en veulent pas, mais ils sont sévères tout de même à l’encontre de la génération qui les a précédés et qui ne leur a pas assuré ce à quoi ils avaient droit. Comme le discours dominant est en partie mensonger à propos de la dette ou des retraites, ils en concluent que ce sont eux qui portent le poids de cette dette qu’ils n’ont pourtant pas créée, et qu’ils n’auront pas droit à une retraite : les idéologues qui, depuis quelques années seulement, ont mené un combat acharné pour inculquer au petit peuple qu’il devrait payer ont apparemment gagné sur ce point : une partie de la jeunesse a pris quasiment acte qu’elle n’aurait pas de retraite, ce qui évidemment est faux, mais cette croyance lui fera accepter tous les reculs sur les droits sociaux ambitionnés par les fauteurs de crise." (...)
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces has praised President Yoweri Museveni’s strategic intervention in Juba arguing that “he got it right again on South Sudan.” (Museveni praised on Juba military intervention http://t.co/QhJv2Bfexh...
India and Vietnam are aided by the fact that they had relied heavily on Russian military hardware in the past and have capabilities that can be shared, says a source.
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his delegation, on a two-day visit from Monday, will discuss placing orders for offshore patrol vehicles at Indian shipyards using the $100-million line of credit provided by India under a defence agreement.
The latest MoU will further solidify India’s assistance on vessel construction and submarine training to Vietnam’s forces as part of the Strategic Partnership signed between the two countries in 2007.
The agreements for the OVL to prospect in two more fields, along with another MoU for PetroVietnam to prospect for oil off the Indian coast in the Bay of Bengal, will have a geostrategic impact. In September 2011, China issued a demarche to India over Vietnam’s decision to allow the OVL to prospect in blocks number 127 and 128. At the time, India cited Vietnam’s sovereign claims over the blocks.
Asked on Friday about the possibility of China’s objections over agreements during the current visit, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, “Vietnam has offered us some blocks in the South China Sea, we are examining it. If they are commercially viable for us, certainly we will take those into account and proceed further.”
The world’s second-largest standing Army is fast running out of ammunition. Tanks and air defence units, artillery batteries and infantry soldiers are all facing the crunch.
"There is a glaring mismatch between operational and training requirements vis-a-vis budget allocations, imports and the inadequate production capacity of our 39 ordnance factories," said a senior officer.
Many in the West view China's rapid military expansion as a growing threat to global and regional security. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth, or so writes Ai Zhong-Guo. Beijing has little time for global or regional domination, which it reminds everyone in its 2013 Defence White Paper.
During Vietship 2014 Nava Exhibition in Vietnam, Dutch shipyard Damen unveiled for the first time the design of the Sigma 9814 Corvette ordered by Vietnam. It was announced in October 2011 that Damen shipyard in Vlissingen, Netherlands will build four Sigma corvettes for the Vietnamese Navy. The first two ships will be built in Vlissingen (Netherlands), and the last two (options) will be built in Vietnam, under Dutch supervision.
Based on previously published information and from what can be seen on the model shown at Vietship 2014 the new SIGMA 9814 class will be fitted with: 8x MBDA Exocet MM40 Block 3 12x MBDA MICA VL surface-to-air missiles (in VLS) 1x Oto Melara 76mm main gun 2x Oto Melara MARLIN-WS 30mm gun mounts The corvette will acomodate one anti-submarine helicopters Ka-28. The corvettes are set to receive the latest generation of electronics and sensors from Thales including TACTICOS combat management system, SMART-S Mk 2 radar and STING EO Mk 2 electro-optical fire control system.
Design wise, the new Sigma 9814 differs quite a lot combared to existing Sigma designs (9813, 10513 or 10514) especially around the bridge area. Likewise, the bow appears to be more angled to possibly provide more stealth.
Information warfare 3.0: Weapons of mass effectiveness The Nation Throughout history, the control and use of information and intelligence has played a vital role in diplomatic relations as well as combat, primarily as a "first line of defence" in...
COUNTER-TERRORISM: The Curse Of The SinaiStrategy PageJuly 2, 2012: In response to growing activity by Islamic terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula Egypt has sent several thousand troops into the area This force includes several hundred special counter-terrorism...
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