Author Archives: Prof Voker Franke

Guns or Growth: Lessons from Security-First and Civil-Society-First Approaches to Peace-building in East Timor

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This case study examines conditions and situations faced by several United Nations peacekeeping and peace-building missions in East Timor with the goal of applying the lessons learned from their responses to similar dilemmas in future peacekeeping operations (PKOs). East Timor … Continue reading

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A Drone’s Strike Away: Peace and Stability in the Age of Automated Warfare

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The US military uses UAVs for missions ranging from reconnaissance to combat. Most generally, UAVs are capable of “controlled, sustained level flight and powered by a jet or reciprocating engine.”While a cruise missile can also be considered to be a … Continue reading

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Refugees, Religion, and Resistance: A European Mass Migration Crisis Simulation

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This role-play simulation is designed to develop an understanding of the complexities of global migration and, more specifically, the current refugee crisis in Europe. Since Germany is destination to the largest number of refugees within the European Union, the simulation … Continue reading

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Reintegration in Sortutuville: A Gender Focused Simulation

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This simulation places participants in the fictional nation of Sortutuville which has just entered into peaceful negotiations with Truffistan, ending the Truffistan War which has been going on for 20 years. Participants will be assigned a role of either an … Continue reading

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The South China Sea Dispute: Simulating the Next Global Conflict

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For the past century, a number of sovereign states have laid claim to an overlapping territory in the South China Sea. The dispute revolves primarily around the control of two archipelagos, the Paracel and Spratly Islands, and their surrounding ocean … Continue reading

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The Lesser of Many Evils: The Kurdish Question and the Syrian Civil War

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This case is centered on the battle for the city of Kobani.  It focuses on the “Rojava Kurds” and their struggle to establish a self-governed autonomous region in Northern Syria.  Kobani offers a micro-illustration of the profound complexities that define … Continue reading

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After the Fall of North Korea A Post-Conflict Stability Operations Exercise

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The purpose of this hypothetical case study/table top exercise (TTX) on North Korea is to teach the participants/students how difficult stability operations are in the immediate aftermath of a major conflict.  The learning objectives are many: to figure out what … Continue reading

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Controlling Ukraine: The EU and Russia in Ukraine

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On 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast near the Russian border, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was hit by a surface-to-air missile at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 ft) and crashed. A Dutchled international … Continue reading

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The Foreign Terrorist Designation of Boko Haram

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This case study explores the arguments made by each side of the Boko Haram FTO designation debate to illustrate the challenges involved in effectively countering violent extremist organizations (VEOs).

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