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Autonomy: The Key to Many Conflicts

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 4:30 AM

3 October 2014

 

From Scotland to Iraq or Hong Kong, from Ukraine to Mali, many potential

disputes or actual conflicts have erupted because populations aspire to systems

of governance recognizing their right to manage their own affairs. In case such

a right is suppressed by domination, the struggle for autonomy can turn violent

and even lead to a fight for separation or full-fledged independence. Both

history and the current realities abound in e...

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The 1996 'Grapes of Wrath' Ceasefire Agreement and the Israel-Lebanon Monitoring Group: A Model of Successful Negotiations in Conflict Management

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 4:15 AM

September 2015


From 1985 to 2000, Israel maintained a military presence in a so-called “security zone” in South Lebanon, where it supported the South Lebanese Army (SLA). Hizbollah fighters not only engaged Israeli and SLA forces in that

zone, but also occasionally fired rockets into Israeli territory, causing civilian casualties and destruction. In 1993 and 1996, Israel conducted a massive offensive against Lebanon, leaving damage and destruction in its af...

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THE IRAN DEAL: ACHIEVEMENT AND STARTING POINT

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 4:10 AM

16 July 2015

 

At the risk of contributing to the proliferation of ‘expert’ reactions to the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme concluded in Vienna on 14 July 2015 and hailed as “historic” by some or dubbed a “capitulation” (favourable to Iran) by others, one can more soberly describe it as both a major achievement and a potential starting point for new developments.

A Major Achievement

No one can deny that...

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Holy War and the Killing of Innocents

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 4:10 AM

23 January 2015

 

In the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, as after previous incidents resulting from publications seen as offensive by some Muslims, the debate understandably focused on discrepancies between the universal concept of freedom of expression and the limits seen as imposed on it by religious faith. A lot has been expressed, both in media and in the streets around the world, by the opposed ends of the spectrum, which at this stage appear difficult to recon...

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WHITHER ISRAEL AFTER THE VICTORY OF FEAR?

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 4:05 AM

27 March 2015

By winning the Israeli early general election against all recent predictions, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu demonstrated, if needed, that fear mongering is an effective political tool in situations of economic or political crisis. This phenomenon has also explained the success of nationalist or populist movements in many other countries, in particular in Europe. However no sustainable government policy can be based on fear, especially in a country facing so many domest...

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THE FAILED NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY REVIEW CONFERENCE: CYCLICAL PATTERN OR PARADIGM CHANGE?

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 4:05 AM

27 August 2015

The Middle East: a Constant Source of Disagreement

On 22 May 2015, the Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) ended without adopting any substantive final document by consensus. The main reason for what many frustrated participants, weary of four weeks of genuine efforts, called a failure was the rejection of the draft report by the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and Canada: those three states parties objected ...

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EUROPEAN SECURITY AND REDUCING THE ROLE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 4:05 AM

1 September 2015

 

1. In dealing with nuclear disarmament or reducing the role of nuclear weapons in security policy, the case of Europe is probably one of the most difficult and complex ones:

 

- This is the continent where nuclear weapons were invented during World War II (by the Nazi regime, which became an incentive for the US to develop their own weapons and use them against Japan);

- There is a history and a strong legacy of relying on nuclear w...

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NUCLEAR WEAPONS: BORN IN SIN, DOOMED TO BE BANNED

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 4:00 AM

 

27 August 2015

 

As the international community is commemorating the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atomic bombs, it should be recalled that such weapons were initiated by one of the most vicious regimes, Nazi Germany. If nuclear deterrence, despite the lack of hard evidence, can be given the benefit of the doubt for ensuring peace and stability between the two superpowers and their allies during the Cold War, perpetuating such a balance of terror is no...

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"Disarmament: Read Between the Lines"

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

My lecture in French at the Conference on Nuclear Disarmament in the French Parliament on 25 June 2014


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My publications on Academia

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 9:50 AM

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