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Africa, Latin America, Caribbean & UN: Publications

The State of the Smaller Latin American Air Forces

December 22, 2016

While the larger air forces are capable of sustaining their existing and future inventories for some time to come, the combat assets available to the region’s smaller air forces are facing a problem of pending obsolescence.

The Jamaica Defence Force – Balancing Priorities with Resources

December 09, 2016

The Jamaican Defence Forces have retained their cutting edge due to a skillful balancing of priorities with resources, the weak economy notwithstanding.

Subsystemic Unipolarities? Power Distribution and State Behaviour in South America and Southern Africa

January 2017

This article explores the possibility of conceiving South America and Southern Africa as subsystemic unipolarities under Brazilian and South African primacy, respectively. It argues that this concept, when applied to these regions, sheds light not only on the long-term strategies behind the Brazilian and South African foreign policies towards their neighbourhood, but also on the behaviour of secondary regional powers and small states. This hypothesis questions the maxim that considerations related to polarity affect great powers only.

Has Nigeria Defeated Boko Haram? An Appraisal of the Counter-Terrorism Approach under the Buhari Administration

January 2017

One of the campaign promises of President Muhammadu Buhari was that he would eliminate Boko Haram six months after assumption of office. By December 2015, the Buhari-led government gave itself a pass mark for countering the terrorists. The government declared that the group had been ‘technically defeated’. This declaration has led to debates in the public space as to the veracity of this claim. This article aims to critically appraise the on-going attempt to eliminate the Boko Haram threat under the Buhari administration.

India’s UNSC Bid: Is it different this time?

December 08, 2016

A careful reading of the report of the deliberations of the UNGA on November 7, 2016 would suggest that nothing has changed at the ground level; only the rhetoric of member states has been amplified.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force: Poised for Capability Growth

November 30, 2016

The capabilities of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force will be significantly boosted in the current phase of modernisation but the air wing still lacks resources.

Internal Security Challenges Preclude Military Reorientation in Trinidad & Tobago

November 15, 2016

The Trinidad Military, which should be concentrating on the maritime domain, is forced by expediency, to take on internal land operations.

Caribbean Air Arms Requirements Offer an Opportunity for India

November 07, 2016

India can become a player of significance as its current MR/ LTA – the Dornier Do-228 – is admirably suited to meet the requirements of Caribbean Air Arms.

Can Stronger Regional Partnerships Help The UN Promote Global Stability

November 04, 2016

Though no one questions the promise of regional partnerships, there are many impediments in practically achieving it as is evident from past partnership missions of the UN.

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