Our first suggestion is related to the anti-cartel militias in Mexico and the “war on drugs”. The government’s plan is that of replacing militias with a new force, the Rural Police (including the vigilantes themselves). However, as reported by The Washington Post, the demobilization of armed anti-cartel militias groups “has created the potential for new clashes: between Mexican security forces and militiamen, but also among rival militias”.
We’ve discovered a very funny link on “spurious correlations”. Venus in Arms fosters methodological pluralism, encouraging rigorous analyses on security issues for a pop-culture perspective. Some examples? The correlation between “Number people who drowned by falling into a swimming-pool” and “Number of films Nicolas Cage appeared in”.
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross examines the complex situation in Libya (here the post at War on the Rocks). Summarizing, the author defines the 2011 NATO’s intervention as a “strategic mistake”. For a more detailed (and even critical) assessment of the “humanitarian intervention” see also Alain J. Kuperman (here)
The International Crisis Group has just released the last report on Afghanistan (a forgotten war??). According to the ICG: “The overall trend is one of escalating violence and insurgent attacks. […] The insurgents have failed to capture major towns and cities […]. Yet, the increasing confidence of the insurgents, as evidenced by their ability to assemble bigger formations for assaults, reduces the chances for meaningful national-level peace talks in 2014-2015”
Finally on pop-culture (yes, again). As reported by Duck of Minerva, Charli Carpenter and Dan Drezner seek paper abstracts for an International Studies Association 2015 Conference panel proposal examining the relationship between the A Song of Ice and Fire book series and/or HBO hit series Game of Thrones and global political phenomena. So, a serious stuff (not the best place to develop my ideas on White Walkers as Soviets…)