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Pro-ISIS Salafist Palestinians and peace prospects in the region: Drawback or Incentive?

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Nearly sixty decades of protracted fighting have turned the Israeli-Palestinian dispute into one of myths shaping societies, one whose contours have been sketched by passion and blackened by resolve. The conflict is today one of competing narratives, mutually exclusive and contrasting in every aspect but their anchored perception of a zero-sum …

Former UK Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond attempted to fomulate a strategy of cyber deterrence. Image: Ministry of Defence (OGL)
Blog / International Security

Taking Stock of Cyber Deterrence

Former UK Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond attempted to fomulate a strategy of cyber deterrence. Image: Ministry of Defence (OGL)

In September 2013, then UK Secretary of State for Defence Phillip Hammond issued a statement addressing certain aspects of the UK’s national cyber security strategy. The main announcement was the creation of the …

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Technology and Warfare: The Double-Edged Sword.

A Predator Drone that can be used for surveillance or equipped with hellfire missiles for attack missions. Jessica C – Flickr Creative Commons.

Our very existence has become almost entirely dependent on technology. We now use technology to control vital factors of public life such as the dissemination of energy, air traffic control centres and …

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Americas / Blog

Is the ISIS in Afghanistan an excuse to make the US troops stay?

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The phenomenon of listicles and click-baiting attempts has come to be: and that’s why I dismissed an article on one of India’s prominent listicle-sites. It mentioned that an ISIS flag fluttered in the wind, a few thousand kilometres from New Delhi.  It peaked my curiosity …

Royal Navy Frigate HMS Sutherland Conducts Night Firings with 4.5" Gun Off The Coast of Libya
Blog / International Security

Libya: Reminiscence of Operation Unified Protector

Royal Navy Frigate HMS Sutherland Conducts Night Firings with 4.5″ Gun Off The Coast of Libya (29 July, 2011) via Flickr Commons

On 17th March 2011 – the United Nations Security Council passed the resolution 1973 authorizing member states “to take all necessary measures” against any threat towards “civilians and civilian populated areas” in the …

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Asia / Blog

India-China relations: Chess or Chinese checkers?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi JinPing at the Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati,India [[CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]

Board games look deceptively simple but are notoriously hard to play. While most physical sports get over in an hour or two, board games take much longer. The winner requires patience, perseverance …

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Cameron Round 2: The next 5 years in British Foreign Policy

David Cameron. Photo source: Russell Watkins – Department for International Development via Wikimedia Commons.

David Cameron will not be remembered for foreign policy prowess in his first term. He developed a reputation in Europe for being bullish and detached. Arab allies have decried him and his allies’ abandonment of Libya. Commentators have criticised Cameron for …

HMS Queen leaving Malta
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Towards the Militarization of the Mediterranean Sea

HMS Queen, Flagship of Vice Admiral Sir Edward Rich Owen, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean fleet, leaving Malta. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A series of events in the broader region surrounding the Mediterranean basin are suggesting towards an unprecedented increase in military presence. The old adage of the Mediterranean Sea being Our Sea (Mare Nostrum) is …