02 Dec 2020

UN, Ethiopia sign deal for aid access to embattled Tigray

The United Nations and the Ethiopian government have signed a deal to allow for the Tigray region to receive humanitarian aid following weeks of conflict and casualties. The deal was signed over the weekend and allows for unimpeded humanitarian access for areas under federal control. Although the Prime Minister of

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24 Nov 2020

Tigray forces battling Ethiopian government vow to fight on despite ultimatum to surrender

An update on Ethiopia’s growing domestic conflict between government forces and rebels in the northern Tigray region has promised to be even bloodier as rebel forces claim they will fight on despite a 72-hour ultimatum issued by the government to surrender. On Sunday, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent a

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18 Nov 2020

Israel strikes ‘Iranian military sites’ in Syria after bombs found in Golan

Israel has launched airstrikes against what it calls Iranian military targets in Syria. The strikes come just days after Israel allegedly discovered explosive devices in Golan Heights, which is currently occupied by Israel. A Syrian state news agency reported that a number of missiles were downed, saying that three Syrian

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17 Nov 2020

Ethiopia says it has seized another Tigray town as conflict embroils Eritrea

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has provided an update on the ongoing conflict between Ethiopian rebels in the Tigray region and the government forces as the conflict recently spilled over to include Eritrea. Ahmed stated that they had captured another town within the Tigray region in an attempt to fight

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16 Nov 2020

Ethiopia’s Tigray leader confirms firing missiles at Eritrea

Rebel groups in the Tigray region fired missiles at Eritrea’s capital over the weekend, according to the group which has since taken responsibility for the attack. This represents a huge escalation in the conflict in northern Ethiopia between Tigray rebels and the federal government. The incident marks the first time

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10 Nov 2020

Russian peacekeepers deploy to Nagorno-Karabakh after ceasefire deal

On Tuesday, Russian peacekeepers were deployed to Nagorno-Karabakh, the site of conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia due to border disputes and complaints that each country was violating policies. The peacekeeping troops were sent as part of a ceasefire deal that ended six weeks of escalation and heavy fighting within the

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16 Oct 2020

Covid-19, Gangs, and Conflict

The Coronavirus pandemic is fueling conflict and fostering extremism while concurrently empowering gangs, cartels, and mafias in their quest for power and profit. In COVID-19, Gangs, and Conflict, OODA Network Experts John P. Sullivan and Robert J. Bunker bring together a curated collection of both new and previously published material to explore the trends and potentials of the global pandemic emergency. Topics include an exploration of proto-statemaking by criminal groups, the interaction of pandemics and conflict, as well as a comparison of gangs, criminal cartels, and mafias exploiting the crisis and exerting criminal governance in Brazil, El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia, and South Africa. Implications for national security, biosecurity, slums, transnational organized crime, and threats and opportunities in the contested pandemic space are assessed.

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15 Oct 2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping tells troops to focus on ‘preparing for war’

Chinese president Xi Jinping has reportedly told soldiers to prepare for war during a visit to a military base located in the southern province of Guandong. A state news agency called Xinhua reported the incident, which occurred on Tuesday. Xi also allegedly told soldiers to “maintain a state of high

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13 Oct 2020

Reported death toll in Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes about 600

The death toll from the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has reached 600, according to local media. The reported death toll includes military and civilian deaths as fighting continues despite calls for a cease-fire. On Tuesday, Nagorno-Karabakh declared that 16 of their servicemen had been killed in the conflict, bringing

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12 Oct 2020

Yemen Peace Process Falters as Fighting Intensifies and Hunger Spreads

Yemen has been suffering from increased conflict over recent days, with violence threatening a peace process previously stalled but set to be back in motion. Aid groups have been calling the war the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe. Around the port city of Hodeidah, Clashes have escalated, resulting in many deaths

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