Adrian L Johnson reviews The Fog of Peace: A Memoir of International Peacekeeping in the 21st Century, by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, and The Mediator: A Biography of Martti Ahtisaari, by Katri Merikallio and Tapani Ruokanen
The full impact of coronavirus on Africa is yet to be felt. Still, it is clear that African states will need to make difficult decisions about how they deal with the pandemic and its political and security consequences.
With competition for influence increasing, old tensions are being revived in the fragile Western Balkans. The West must avoid complacency and show leadership in resolving critical issues before they become dangerous.
Since the beginning of armed conflict in Syria and Iraq, thousands of militants from the Caucasus region have participated in the war. However, dislodging Daesh and a collapse of the insurgency in the North Caucasus have substantially diminished the capacities of North Caucasian jihadi groups. Nevertheless, militancy in the region has potential.
China’s ongoing construction efforts have created a situation where (in the words of the Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral Philip Davidson) Beijing is ‘capable of controlling the South China Sea in all scenarios short of war with the United States’. The absence of outright war reflects not only China’s ability to move the threshold for instigating open conflict, but also the fact...