Civil-Military Relations

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 09:24

Egyptian President Sisi announced a new law that would allow for the deportation of foreign journalists following widespread condemnation of the regime’s treatment of the press. At least four U.S. citizens have been killed or injured by Mexican security forces this month. Commentators criticized Nigeria’s short-lived ceasefire with Boko Haram, saying the group has only gotten stronger in recent months. Azerbaijani soldiers shot down an Armenian helicopter, intensifying a long-standing conflict between the two countries.

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 05:32
A member of Burkina Faso’s civil society says the agreement on a plan for transitional government is a tribute to the citizens of the country who took to the streets to demand the ouster of President Blaise Compaore.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 06:24
Protests demanding the federal government provide more information on the disappearance of 43 students of the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College, continue to escalate.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 08:04
Now, the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos is close to securing passage of legislation that threatens to deny justice for these victims by transferring the cases of military personnel accused of the killings from the civilian to the military justice system. The bills, including one that could be approved as early as next week, appear aimed to appease the military leadership, which has been reluctant to support President Santos’s current peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 06:48
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has told visiting U.S. businessmen that a parliamentary election will be held by March, his spokesman said on Tuesday, trying to reassure them that the delayed poll would not be put off indefinitely.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 07:06
Egypt is drafting a law tightening restrictions on media coverage of the armed forces, government and judicial sources said, alarming journalists who believe this would end three years of relative press freedom.
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 07:03
Opposition parties, civil society groups and religious leaders adopted a plan on Sunday for a transitional authority to guide Burkina Faso to elections, after a popular uprising forced longtime president Blaise Compaore from power.
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 06:58
When you enter any gendarmerie post, Turkey’s paramilitary rural police force in 81 provinces and 957 towns, the first slogan on the wall is always Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s words: “The Turkish gendarmerie is an army of law.” The gendarmerie, with its 175-year history, has a current strength of about 190,000 (31 generals; 28,000 officers and noncommissioned officers; 40,000 professional specialist sergeants; 3,500 civilian workers/clerks and 117,000 conscripts). It is responsible for 80% of Turkey’s territory. With its commando brigades, air elements, special forces battalions and van-based corps, which is Turkey’s key unit for dealing with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Gendarmerie Command is a fully-fledged military machine.
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 11:58

This week, Egypt faces renewed criticism over its human rights record after the release of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s assessment of human rights in Egypt since 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Mexico city to push the government for a more forceful response to the case of 43 university students who have been missing for over a month. After a military takeover in Burkina Faso, the African Union is threatening to implement sanctions. Georgia’s Prime Minister dismissed the Minister of Defense after he commented on the arrest of several of his colleagues at the Ministry of Defense.

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 05:45
Inspired by protests in Burkina Faso that ousted one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, opposition activists across much of the continent are hoping for a "Black Spring" to mirror the Arab Spring. The experience of Clement Mierassa suggests their hopes are premature.