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Americas / Asia

Entrapment, Commitment and the Pivot to Asia

Key to the Pivot is an enlarged US Navy presence in the Pacific, seen here exercising with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force. Photo source: United States Navy via Wikimedia Commons

In 1971 in an article entitled ‘The Big Influence of Small Allies’ for Foreign Policy, Robert Keohane outlined his concerns that the US’ smaller allies …

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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 …

HMS Queen leaving Malta
Blog / Europe

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 …

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Blog / International Security

The Information Environment: Countering Extremism through Collaborative Information Operations

Discussing Information Operations, Richard Bumgardner via Wikimedia Commons

Joint military operations around the globe traditionally target the conventional capabilities and capacities of the adversary. Information operations (IO), behind the scenes, has always played an important role in support of those military operations. Since Desert Storm, it has been fully integrated with joint military command providing …

HMS Dragon crossing the setting sun during operations in the Middle East – L(Phot) Dave Jenkins via Defence Imagery
Africa / Blog

Warships and Fishing Boats: EU’s ‘EUNAVFOR Med’ Libya Operation

HMS Dragon crossing the setting sun during operations in the Middle East – L(Phot) Dave Jenkins via Defence Imagery

The EU’s May 18th decision to use military force to tackle the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean is a significant development. The decision comes at a time of increasing pressure on Europe to act in the …

Secretary Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister US Government work via Flickr
Americas / Blog

US and Iran: Path for peace or cause for friction?

P5+1 Leaders stand with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif after the Nuclear Deal conference in Geneva Switzerland, US Government work via Flickr.

After sixty years of delicate relations between the United States and Iran, an agreed nuclear framework defended by President Barack Obama has produced a historic breakthrough. The deal will officially set the scene for …

Malala Yousafzai at the WOW 2014 festival in London; photo through Wiki Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Malala_Yousafzai_-_13008190293.jpg
Asia / Blog

Justice for Malala: A Girl’s Right to Education

Malala Yousafzai at the WOW 2014 festival in London; photo through Wiki Commons:

Malala Yusufzai was just 14 years old when in 2012 the Pakistan Taliban targeted her school bus and shot her point-blank due to her efforts to spread awareness of what girls faced in her home in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The region, controlled by …