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GCN Security Brief: Bastille Day Attacks and the Attempted Coup in Turkey


GCN Security Brief: Bastille Day Attacks and the Attempted Coup in Turkey


Much has been written about July 14th attack in Nice during the Bastille Day celebrations which claimed 84 lives. This is yet another terrorist attack that took place in France; one in a series that started with the Charlie Hedbo shootings of 2015. Two interesting aspects of this particular attack were the means in which it was carried out and ISIS’s choice to continuously target France.

  1. Terrorists Once Used Truck Bombs. In Nice, the Truck Itself Was the Weapon.
  2. The Difference Between ISIS and ISIS-ish
  3. The Nice Attack and the Democratization of Terror
  4. Why France has become the number one terror target

coupWe must not narrow the focus on the events unfolding in Turkey as being between the military and executive. What the world is witnessing is a serious challenge to Turkey’s secularism and the secular state from strong and popular political Islam. Are there parallels in other countries, as well?

  1. Turkey’s Coup Explained in Under 500 words
  2. Erdogan Triumphs After Coup Attempt, but Turkey’s Fate Is Unclear


Europe/ North America

Ever since the 2014 annexure of Crimea, Russia has been growing in power. With the UK vote to leave the EU, fear of Russia’s growing power has caused a greater amount of insecurity to Eastern European states. NATO remains a formidable focus to counter Russia.

  1. U.S., NATO Troop Build-up in Eastern Europe to Counter Russians Is Largest Since Cold War


Another theatre which has strong US presence is South East Asia. The US’s Rebalancing Towards Asia has not been the most effective at balancing a growing and unpredictable China. This week’s ruling by a tribunal regarding territory in the South China Sea went against China. This has caused countries in the region to be on guard against China’s response.

  1. South China Sea: Building Up Trouble

“People’s core issues are not being resolved.” This week fresh protests and resulting violence erupted in the Kashmir Valley again.

  1. Why are people Protesting?
  2. Kashmir violence: Security or political problem?
  3. Alarm bells in valley, much easier for infiltrators to get through


South Sudan may be one of the youngest states in the system today, however, the deep fractions that exist between the rival ethnic groups are not new. On the precipice of a major civil war, the world must keep a close eye on event unfurling in South Sudan. This week alone saw the death of more than 300 people in tensions between the groups.

  1. South Sudan What is the Fighting for
  2. ‘They will Find Us and Kill Us’
  3. Are Christians in Sudan Facing Persecution?
  4. What Can the United Nations Do When its Troops Can’t, or Won’t, Protect Civilians?

Burundi is in the midst of a major conflict as a result over President Nkurunziza claim to a third term as President despite the two-term restriction laid down in the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement. Since this conflict started last year, more than 260,000 have fled Burundi and hundreds have been executed or gone missing.

  1. Talking peace in Burundi, once more at the cost of impunity?

We ask that you keep yourself updated on this events as they happen. We continue to monitor these on a daily basis and will return next week with more information on what you need to know from these and more conflicts.

Until next time.

M. Sudhir Selvaraj

M. Sudhir Selvaraj writes the Weekly Security Brief for GCN. He is a fellow with the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life. His interests lie in security of religious minorities, secularism, U.S. foreign policy and politics of South Asia. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at King’s College London. He has a master’s (with distinction) in International Relations from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London and graduated cum laude (with honors) from Concordia College, Minnesota with majors in Political Science and Global Studies and a minor in Business.

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