ISIL
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 …

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 …

Copenhagen
Blog / Environment & Energy

Looking ahead to the Paris 2015 Climate Change Conference: Are we doomed to have a repeat of Copenhagen?

World leaders talk during the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Pete Souza, via Wikimedia Commons

On the 30th of November 2015, Paris will host the UN Climate Change Conference, also referred to as the Twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21). After the Copenhagen Summit’s failure in 2009 to deliver a meaningful solution, …

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Blog / International Security

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 …

The 'Peace line' in Belfast, representing reconciliation in an area with residents identifying as British or Irish respectively via Wikimedia Commons
Blog / Europe

Ireland and the U.K. – Developments

The ‘Peace line’ in Belfast, representing reconciliation in an area with residents identifying with British, Irish and Northern Irish nationalities via Wikimedia Commons

It is intended to outline the current status of and advances in relations between the close neighbours of Ireland & the U.K. In recent weeks there have been two determining factors which represent …

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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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Africa / Blog

Africa’s ‘Third Term-ism': The fragility of democracy in Burundi

Pierre Nkurunziza.  Copyright World Economic Forum/Eric Miller, via Wikimedia Commons.

Pierre Nkurunziza has emerged as the latest case in a long history of African leaders refusing to step down when the constitution says their time in office is over.  This April, President Nkurunziza announced he would be seeking a third term in …

Goal-1
Blog / International Development

Ending Poverty as SDG 1

Sustainable Development Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. Via SDGs Proposal

 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the agenda around which all UN members are expected to frame their activities and policies until 2030. The intergovernmental negotiations on the proposed agenda were first …