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France Seeks Assistance From EU, Not NATO, After Paris Attacks
In the wake of the Paris attacks, France has chosen to bypass NATO in favor of seeking help from the European Union, invoking the EU’s mutual defense clause in calling for assistance. Known as Article 42.7, it states:

If a Member State is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, the other Member States shall have towards it an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power

At his press conference after the EU defence ministers meeting in Brussels on 17 November, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian insisted that France’s invocation of the clause was, more than anything else, a political act. It was approved unanimously on November 18.

“It’s a largely symbolic form of political solidarity. It doesn’t oblige anyone to do anything,” Jolyon Howorth, an expert in European security and defense from Yale University, told Quartz.

He went on to add that France likely opted to seek assistance from the EU, rather than invoking NATO’s Article V because if it were “serious in wanting to create an international coalition that goes beyond Europe and the United States,” it would have to work hard to involve partners outside of NATO.

Qatar’s Former Prime Minister Talks ISIS, Democracy And Iran
The former prime minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani answered questions at the Royal Institute of International Affairs about the impact of the Iran nuclear deal, ISIS and Qatar’s relationship with other Gulf countries and the larger issue of the regional political situation.

A Brief History Of The Conflict In Mali
The United States Institute for Peace has a nice summary of the conflict in Mali and how it contributed to Friday’s terrorist attack at the Radisson hotel.

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