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Blog / International Law

‘Blood Antiquities': Terrorist Financing in the Islamic State

Decumanus Maximus of Palmyra – by Bernard Gagnon. via Wikimedia Commons.

The self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’ (‘IS’) is stronger than it was when it was first proclaimed on 29 June last year. The group’s ability to keep winning victories was confirmed on 17 May in Iraq, when it seized Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, and …

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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 …

Eva Svoboda of the Overseas Development Institute
Blog / International Development

Interview: ODI’s Eva Svoboda on Aid and Islamic State

Eva Svoboda of the Overseas Development Institute

Eva Svoboda, Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Policy Group of the Overseas Development Institute spoke to Future Foreign Policy’s Daniel Rey on questions arising from her IRIN/HPG Crisis Briefing Paper, ‘Aid and the Islamic State’, co-authored with Louise Redvers.

Daniel Rey: Eva, your recent paper analyses the gap in …

Assad's policy of urbicide is leaving Syria's cities, towns and villages battling for survival. Photo source: H.usa via Flickr Creative Commons
Blog / International Security

Beyond Kobanî

Assad’s policy of urbicide is leaving Syria’s cities, towns and villages battling for survival. Photo source: H.usa via Flickr Creative Commons

Sitting at a dining room table in London, my colleague and I sat watching footage from the Syrian-Turkish border. Thanks to the Telegraph, which aired live footage of the border region near the Kurdish …

Seal of the Islamic State of Iraq ad the Levant. Photo source Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant via Wikimedia Commons.
Blog / International Security

Declaring war on Islamic State will not solve this crisis

Seal of the Islamic State of Iraq ad the Levant. Photo source: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant via Wikimedia Commons.

In perhaps the least surprising story of last month, the British Prime Minister took his country into a military campaign in Iraq. The story was not surprising because of its rich historical precedence; dating back …

Europe & Iraq
Europe / Middle East and North Africa

Europe in Iraq

Iraqi refugee children at Newroz camp. Photo Source: DFID via Flickr Creative Commons.

In 2003, the then American Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld lay a new curtain across Europe, when he labelled those willing to join the United States in their crusades across Iraq as the ‘New Europe’ and those who refrained as ‘Old Europe’.

Those …

The Future of IS
Blog / International Security

IS, Social Media and the Next Steps

Flag of Islamic State via Wikimedia Commons

Barbaric images of the beheading of US journalist James Foley circulated globally on the 20th of August 2014; a day that made the threat of IS an alarming reality to the average citizen.  In a recent Al Jazeera debate, Shiraz Maher, a senior research fellow at …

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Experts / Hilary Stauffer

Fighting the Urge to Overreact

Obama at 9/11 Memorial Service 2014 – DefenseImagery via Wikimedia Commons

 

Last night, on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, President Obama laid out the justification for American military action against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation.

At least in part, his address to the nation was based on the the terrible …