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High Hopes, High Gains? Egypt’s Prospects for Becoming a Regional Gas Hub

High Hopes, High Gains? Egypt’s Prospects for Becoming a Regional Gas Hub

Energy Diplomacy

The access to energy resources has long been an unquestionable driver for the foreign policy conduct of states, and given the growing energy demand worldwide, this tendency is highly unlikely to come to an end in the near future. Of course, states are equipped with energy resources to a...

06 Feb 2019

Development and Security Perceptions Along the Belt and Road

Development and Security Perceptions Along the Belt and Road

International Affairs

Introduction The idea of the Silk Road to China has been intriguing humanity for more than 2000 years. The routes and roots of silk, one of China’s most important exports historically, has not only connected China to Central Asia and the Arab world but has defined China’s destiny. Today,...

30 Jan 2019

Youth and the United Nations

Youth and the United Nations

Children & Young People

Youth is defined by the United Nations (UN) as the age group between 15 and 24 years old and makeup 1.2 billion people or one quarter of the world’s population. Regardless of their socio-economic background or geopolitical circumstances, young people across the globe want to contribute to the creation...

23 Jan 2019

“To Provide for the Common Defense”: The US National Defense Strategy

“To Provide for the Common Defense”: The US National Defense Strategy

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) is the latest in a series of periodic documents issued by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) as a guide to how the department will respond to military expectations set by the President of the United States and broad U.S. foreign policy interests....

15 Jan 2019

Eurasia on the Edge and its Global Meaning: The What, Why, and How of Eurasian Security

Eurasia on the Edge and its Global Meaning: The What, Why, and How of Eurasian Security

International Affairs

Eurasia is a paradox. Although it contains a myriad of landlocked borderlands, the region is becoming a hub for international transactions. Seemingly trapped by its geographic location, it is becoming central to the world’s connectivity projects, with China’s New Silk Road (the Belt and Road Initiative) and Russia’s project...

02 Jan 2019

Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees: A Blueprint for the World

Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees: A Blueprint for the World

Humanitarian Governance

On 19 September 2016 representatives from 193 UN Member States came together at the UN General Assembly to discuss topics related to migration and refugees at the global level. The adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (“Declaration”), also known as the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework...

19 Dec 2018

Securing the State: Counter-terrorism and Community Policing

Securing the State: Counter-terrorism and Community Policing

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Communities the world over, despite their varying social, cultural, geographic and ethnic differences, have common and shared values in their need for safety, security and wellbeing. We live in an age of increasing technical connectivity but many citizens and their communities are disconnected from the police who serve to...

12 Dec 2018

Holy Mobilisation: The Religious Legitimation behind Iraq’s Counter-ISIS Campaign

Holy Mobilisation: The Religious Legitimation behind Iraq’s Counter-ISIS Campaign

Religious Foundations of Political Violence

Following the capture of Mosul and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s historic caliphate proclamation in 2014, media outlets were only far too eager to spread overtly fatalistic scenarios painting the imminent “end of Iraq.” Nevertheless, within four years’ time, an unprecedented surge of volunteers has managed to reverse the tide. Marching...

05 Dec 2018

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

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