Africa / Blog

Britain Must Heed Chilcot’s Lessons for Remote Warfare

The Chilcot Report may have been written with a focus on the conventional methods of war used in Iraq; however, the government must heed its warnings as the UK becomes ever more reliant on covert, remote means of warfare.

The Chilcot Report marked a landmark moment in addressing the problems with UK military strategy during the …

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Blog / Europe

Does Blair Deserve the Blame for Iraq?

The much-awaited Chilcot Inquiry, published on 6 July, was ultimately anticlimactic. It confirmed most of what we knew already: that the Iraq War was misguided and poorly handled. Condemning the aims and methods of the war, the faulty intelligence that provoked it, and the lack of strategic plan for its aftermath, Sir John Chilcot presented an …

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Blog / Environment & Energy

Shale Gas Can Break Cycle of Autocracy in Middle East

Modern statecraft often has a fine line between the optimal outcome and a morally questionable one. Nowhere is this dilemma more apparent than in the Middle East – specifically the Gulf. It is unfortunate that nations like America and Britain, with proud histories of individual freedom and human rights, can be allied to oil dictators …

Wounded civilians arrive at a hospital in Aleppo. Photo source: Voice of America News: Scott Bob reports from Aleppo, Syria via Wikimedia Commons
Blog / Europe

Syria: Are there any Options?

Wounded civilians arrive at a hospital in Aleppo. Photo source: Voice of America News: Scott Bob reports from Aleppo, Syria via Wikimedia Commons

It seems that not a day goes by without news of fresh tragedy in Syria. Reports have emerged that Islamic State may have been responsible for chemical weapons attacks, two years after …

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Americas / Blog

Continuity and Foreign Policy

Obama and Biden – The White House via Flickr

 

In 2008, Obama entered the oval office full of hopes, his campaign promises had included a completely different approach to foreign policy than his Republican predecessor. Obama had seduced American citizens and the world with his clear opposition to the war in Iraq, his recognition of …

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Blog / Europe

Trick or Threat? Terrorism in South Eastern Europe

The penetration of Islamic State in South Eastern Europe has been vastly exaggerated. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Terrorists perpetrate violence against innocent civilians aiming to achieve political goals. On balance, this politically motivated violence rarely brings the desired results to the individuals and/or groups exerting terrorist acts. This is so because national governments are reluctant to …

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Blog / Experts

Save Syria Out of Self-Interest

 

The map of “Areas of Influence” and “Areas Reportedly affected by the 21 August Chemical Attack” that was published by the White House on 30 August 2013 – via Wikimedia Commons

 

This past weekend marked two years since a chemical attack on the Syrian neighborhood of Ghouta overwhelmed our social media feeds with horrifying picturesof …