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Multilateralism in Today’s World

Multilateralism in Today’s World

Foreign Policy & International Relations

In a keynote speech at the Abu Dhabi Strategic Dialogue of 2018, His Excellency Dr Anwar Gargash, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, set out the UAE’s core principles in foreign policy. At the top of the list was the UAE’s pursuit of multilateralism.  Throughout the speech,...

21 Nov 2018

Liwa Abu Fadl Abbas (The Al Abbas Brigade) in Syria

Liwa Abu Fadl Abbas (The Al Abbas Brigade) in Syria

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Liwa Abu Fadl Abbas (or the Al Abbas Brigade) is a pro-government Syrian militant group in Syria with strong Iraqi links. Despite news last year of the group’s dissolution, confirmed by Iraqi leader Aws Khafaji, its fighters were deployed this summer in the offensive on South Syria, more specifically...

21 Nov 2018

The Geography of Terror

The Geography of Terror

Constructions of Terrorism

Terrorist violence is not evenly distributed across the globe. We know that incidents of terror are highly concentrated in a just a few regions of the world. Even when excluding the long-running insurgencies and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, we observe that between one half and two-thirds of all...

11 Nov 2018

The USA and the Gulf States: Seeking a Relationship of Parity

The USA and the Gulf States: Seeking a Relationship of Parity

Foreign Policy & International Relations

The relationship between the Arab Gulf States and the United States of America is often misunderstood by observers and commentators, and even by the parties themselves at times.  The stereotypical description of the relationship is one of oil rich states providing the US and the West with necessary natural...

05 Nov 2018

Beyond ISIS and Al-Qaeda: The Long Tail of Global Islamist Violence

Beyond ISIS and Al-Qaeda: The Long Tail of Global Islamist Violence

Religious Foundations of Political Violence

One of the key questions on analysts’ lips since the near-territorial defeat of the self-declared ‘caliphate’ across Iraq and Syria has been ‘Who will be the next ISIS?’. Prognosis has ranged from an exodus of cornered foreign fighters to far flung theatres, to a resurgent al-Qaeda retaking the reins...

29 Oct 2018

Engaging Youth for Sustainable Peace

Engaging Youth for Sustainable Peace

Youth and Sustainable Peace

There are over 1.8 billion youth in the world today. While there is no clear universal definition of “youth”, the 1.8 million includes individuals up to the age of 33. The percentage of youth in the global population is the largest in history, posing both challenges and opportunities for...

23 Oct 2018

Youth and Sustainable Peace

Youth and Sustainable Peace

Youth and Sustainable Peace

Children and young people suffer the most from the impact of war and in post conflict rebuilding.  According to a recent Save the Children report, children and young people are more at risk in conflict situations now, than they have been at any time in the last 20 years....

02 Oct 2018

The Continued Presence of the Islamic State in the Khorasan Province

The Continued Presence of the Islamic State in the Khorasan Province

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The Islamic State has lost almost all of its territory across Iraq and Syria. However, since 2014, it has underhandedly entered the Khorasan region, which covers territory in parts of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Officially established on 10 January 2015, the affiliate group is known as Islamic State-Khorasan Province...

27 Sep 2018

Understanding the drivers of radicalization among Syrians

Understanding the drivers of radicalization among Syrians

Religious Foundations of Political Violence

Introduction Long considered a moderate Muslim country, Syria has become one of the world’s most radicalized conflict zones. Despite its peaceful and political origins, the civil-war has allowed Daesh and likeminded violent radical groups to turn the country into a recruiting ground and operating base. The significant local and...

24 Sep 2018

UAE Energy Diplomacy and Sustainable Global Development

UAE Energy Diplomacy and Sustainable Global Development

Energy Diplomacy

The Agenda for Humanity has aimed to overcome the humanitarian – development divide for the sake of more responsibility and sustainability. A range of international institutions, such as FAO, UNHCR, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, to name a few, has been combining efforts to develop a common approach to achievement of...

17 Sep 2018

Iraqi Dis-connect: People and Power

Iraqi Dis-connect: People and Power

Defence & National Security

To explain the troubles facing Iraq, whether violence, political stalemate, mass demonstrations, or other, a favorite explanatory variable is the various ethnic and religious cleavages found among the Iraqi population.  Recent crises belie that standard analytical paradigm.  An alternate analysis is that absent other overwhelming factors, Iraqi dysfunction and...

17 Sep 2018

Mapping the Belt and Road Initiative: Geography and Architecture

Mapping the Belt and Road Initiative: Geography and Architecture

International Affairs

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a large-scale international cooperation project which was announced by the Chinese government in 2013. This grand project aims to improve international cooperation across regions and continents, linking together more than 60 countries and (re)creating both maritime (the “belt”) and terrestrial (“the road”)...

06 Sep 2018

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