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 …

Blog / Europe

Nuclear Weapons Should Now Be Consigned to History

Trident Nuclear Submarine HMS Victorious, UK Ministry of Defence via Wikimedia Commons

Concorde delivered a technological and engineering advancement. Retired in 2003, due to high profile crash and expensive outmoded technology, Concorde provided a lesson that should be adhered to by another advancement of the twentieth century – Nuclear Weapons.

Britain’s nuclear weaponry revolves around the …

Blog / Europe

Legal History and Surveillance in a Modernising World

Magna Carta, King John of England and Barons uploaded by Pia Carrot via Wikimedia Commons 


2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in Runnymede by King John of England. Although most of it has been repealed or amended, it introduced the Rule of Law, and this was the first major curtailment …

Detainee at Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay, Martin H, via wikicommons
Blog / International Development

What is needed to close Guantánamo Bay?


Detainee at Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay, Martin H via wikicommons

The United Nations and other international organisations including the International Committee of the Red Cross have stated repeatedly that indefinite detention is illegal under international law; still it is the determined bitter fate of 33 men in the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay. The …

Blog / Europe

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

Ukraine – EU via Wikimedia Commons

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 …

Few Against Many, Protest in Egypt - Via Wikimedia.org
Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Crackdown on Egypt’s Civil Society

Few Against Many , Protest in Egypt – Al Jazeera via Wikimedia.org

The Egyptian government suppressing civil society organizations (CSO’s) is nothing new. Ever since such organizations arose in Egypt, the authorities have used multiple intimidation methods to restrain their work and efficiency, on issues stretching from economic justice to women’s participation to human rights. …

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Blog / Europe

UK Election 2015: A Summary of Foreign and Defence Policy

Photo: Kevin Gordan (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Although issues such as safeguarding the National Health Service (NHS) and the economy have dominated the current election campaign in Britain, each of the main political parties policies on Foreign Affairs and Defence are worthy of examination before 7th May. As the rise of Islamic State in the Middle …

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A map of Ukraine, highlighting the Kharkiv Oblast and the City of Kharkiv.
Blog / Russia and Eurasia

Understanding Kharkiv, Ukraine

A map of Ukraine, highlighting the Kharkiv Oblast and the City of Kharkiv – via Wikimedia Commons

Kharkiv*, Ukraine’s second largest city, is located in the eastern part of the country, only 25 miles from the Russian border. Although Kharkiv has had less of a presence in international headlines than Donetsk and Kiev, it has …

Blog / Europe

The Uncertain Future of Belgian Defence

A Belgian F-16, ironbirdphotography via Flickr Creative Commons


The Belgian Armed Forces is on an important crossroad that threatens its operational ability to be a highly adaptive and effective fighting force. The Belgian government late last year announced an unprecedented cut of 1.55 billion euros over the next five years to the defence budget. Rationalised …

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Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Yemen: The new Saudi Arabia/Iran battleground

Sana’a after airstrike (April 20, 2015) – destruction by Ibrahem | Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

That Saudi Arabia, a Sunni majority is at loggerheads with Iran, a Shiite majority, is not news. The resultant effect of these differences is years of hostility punctuated with conflict. The simmering undercurrents have turned into …