Members of the 89th Airlift Squadron train on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense techniques October 4, 2014 – US Air Force via Flickr
Blog / International Security

Nuclearisation of the Middle East?

Members of the 89th Airlift Squadron train on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense techniques October 4, 2014 – US Air Force via Flickr

Recent developments suggest that the Middle East may be becoming increasingly “nuclearised”. Considering the region’s volatility, this is something that the international community has feared for some time. The extent of …

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Blog / International Development

Are US Sanctions Reinforcing the Government in Tehran?

A young women strolls past US Embassy Facade in Tehran – Adam Jones via Wikimedia Commons

Despite being one of the most sanctioned countries in the world, Iran still stands firm on their nuclear program. One simple conclusion from this is that economic sanctions don’t work as intended. In fact the constant economic pressures placed …

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Blog / International Law

Is EU Aid in Palestine a Violation of International Law?

Jerusalem – Cycling Man via Flickr

 

In March 2015 Israel demolished 200 EU aid funded shelters in East Jerusalem, predominantly housing those from the Bedouin community. These shelters are built as a result of one of many EU humanitarian aid projects, funded by member states, designed for the benefit of victims of natural disasters or …

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Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Building a more inclusive Iraq

“Iraqi voters inked fingers” – Jim Goodwin, via Wikimedia Commons

Contemporary Iraq embodies the consequences and legacies of the failures of the modern nation-building process in the Middle East, authoritarian patterns of governance, intervention, political miscalculations and misleading and often simplistic conceptualisations of Iraqi society. Over the past 12 years a new and unsustainable reality …

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Blog / International Security

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 …

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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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Blog / Europe

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 …