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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 …

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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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 …

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 …

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Americas / Blog

What would a Hillary Clinton administration look like for the Middle East?

Photo via Flickr Marc Nozell / 14 April 2007

When Hillary Clinton announced her entrance into the race for Obama’s successor in April this year critiques were quick to point to her age, gender and most significantly turbulent reputation as ex-secretary of state following the Arab Spring and Benghazi controversies. Conversely, her supporters herald Clinton …

Kerry
Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Gulf Monarchies and the Arab Spring: The Reasons Behind Their Survival

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Mohammed Bouazizi – the Tunisian fruit vendor, famously known for his act of self-immolation due to severe living conditions he was encountering, along with the majority living there. His action outside the governor’s office triggered not only …

Special relationship under strain? Pete Souza/The White House via Wikimedia Commons
Asia / Blog

Britain and the AIIB: Is the US right to criticise?

Special relationship under strain? Pete Souza/The White House via Wikimedia Commons

On the 12th March 2015 Britain announced, to the surprise of many, that it would become a founding member of China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). It was a move that has exposed cracks in the so-called ‘special relationship’ between the US and the UK, …

Ukraine-EU
Blog / Europe

Security after the Kiev Summit 27/04: Cooperation, Ukraine, and the European Union

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In February of this year Russian Leader Putin, Ukrainian leader Poroshenko, Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande work to reach the second ‘Minsk Agreement’, which represents an attempt to freeze the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. It’s most notable points called for an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the …