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Weekly Security Readings 9 May 2019

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Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda

Climate Diplomacy Initiative

The great challenges of our time – climate change, migration and political instability – as diverse and complex as they are, all have one thing in common: they know no boundaries. We will not manage to find purely national solutions to them. The 2030 Agenda and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals provide us with a framework and orientation.

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North Africa: New elections, old problems? 

Italian Institute for International Political Studies

Since the 2011 uprisings, North Africa has endured a period of significant transformation, characterized by socioeconomic and security challenges that continue to affect the internal and external dynamics of each country. These events are driving a crucial transitional phase that will define the future of the region, shaping the domestic politics of each country and their international relations.

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DTM Libya - Urban Migrants Situation Update - Rapid Assessment - 6 May 2019

International Organization for Migration - IOM

Since the onset of armed conflict in the southern areas of Tripoli on 04 April 2019, at least 11,220 Libyan families (approximately 56,100 individuals) have been displaced from their homes as of 05 May. In addition, more than 3,460 migrants remain in detention centers in proximity to conflict-affected areas and are among the most vulnerable populations at risk.

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Report of the Security Council mission to Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau

United Nations

In his letter to the Secretary-General dated 15 January 2019, the President of the Security Council indicated that the Council had decided to send a mission to West Africa (Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau). The mission, co-led by the representatives of Côte d’Ivoire and Equatorial Guinea (the latter of whom served as President of the Security Council in the month of February 2019), comprised representatives of all current members of the Council.

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Quarterly Mixed Migration Update - Middle East & Eastern Mediterranean

Mixed Migration Centre

This Quarterly Mixed Migration Update (QMMU) covers the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean region (ME). Depending on the quarterly trends and migration-related updates, more attention may be given to any of the countries over the rest. The QMMUs offer a quarterly update on new trends and dynamics related to mixed migration and relevant policy developments in the region.

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Draft SG Report on United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

United Nations

The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2421 (2018), in which the Secretary-General was requested to report every three months on progress made towards the fulfilment of all responsibilities of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The report covers key developments relating to Iraq and provides an update on the activities of the United Nations in Iraq...

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The impact of short and medium-term change in climate conditions on violent conflicts in Africa


We propose an analysis of multiple linkages between armed conflicts and climate-related variable based on an original geo-referenced database covering the entire African continent. A conflict trap mechanism is confirmed by the persistence of conflicts over time and the contagious effects across space.

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Changing Weather Patterns, Climate Change, and Civil War Dynamics: Institutions and Conflicts in the Sahel

The Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations

Changing weather patterns increasingly shape battlefield dynamics in civil wars. Civil wars have complex origins and once violence erupts, local, regional, and global drivers, including changing weather patterns, shape the processes of conflict.

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Gulf state rivalries in the Horn of Africa: Time for a Red Sea policy?

Danish Institute for International Studies

States in the Arabian Gulf are cultivating long-term economic and political partnerships with authorities in the Horn of Africa. Both regions are unstable, and their union has significant security implications.
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