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November 11, 2018

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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

Afghanistan: New initiatives, old problems

Afghanistan: New initiatives, old problems

Security, Defense & Terrorism

War and chaos have been present in Afghanistan for almost all of the past four decades.  The current conflict there in 2001, when the United States and NATO allies invaded in response to al-Qaeda attacks on the United States on September 11 of that year.  Recently the United States...

06 Aug 2018

Is the Past Prologue? North Korea and Denuclearization

Is the Past Prologue? North Korea and Denuclearization

International Security

The future of negotiations between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea), South Korea, and the United States over the North’s nuclear program have swung dramatically between warm embraces across an armistice line and renewed threats of nuclear warfare.  What is happening, and what is at stake?...

12 Jun 2018

The Youth Dimensions of International Peace and Security

The Youth Dimensions of International Peace and Security

Children & Young People

At a recent international event on the Gender Dimensions of International Peace and Security in the UAE, organised by TRENDS Research & Advisory, the inclusion of youth was a strong theme that emerged from the keynote speakers and panel members. The Women, Peace and Security Agenda is the product...

26 Feb 2018

The World Trade Organisation: From Dithering to Withering?

The World Trade Organisation: From Dithering to Withering?

Global Economy

The 1st of January 2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the entry into force of the General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Back in 1948 the GATT had just 23 signatories and was focussed mainly on reducing tariff barriers to trade in goods. In the intervening period the...

08 Feb 2018

Iran’s Vulnerable Dictatorship: No Longer Able to Hide Its Misdeeds

Iran’s Vulnerable Dictatorship: No Longer Able to Hide Its Misdeeds

International Security

The following remarks were delivered by Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr., a former U.S. State and Defense Department official and a member of the advisory board of Trends Research & Advisory, UAE, at an international conference on the “Mullahs‘ Regime in Crisis: Explosive Situation at Home & Meddling in Other...

05 Jan 2018

The Gender Dimensions of International Peace & Security

The Gender Dimensions of International Peace & Security

Gender Dimensions of Security

TRENDS Research & Advisory recently organized a landmark Summit on The Gender Dimensions of International Peace and Security: Keys to Prosperity and Peace in support of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, as set out in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000).  Resolution 1325 sets out the essential and...

27 Dec 2017

The China Model and the New World Order

The China Model and the New World Order

China and International Security

As a contrast to Brexit, the election of Trump and the rise of anti-globalization populism and protectionism, Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the 19th CPC Party Congress declared that China will continue to work for a new type of globalization and a new community of shared human destiny. Since...

27 Dec 2017

Russia and OPEC: Will the Relation Last?

Russia and OPEC: Will the Relation Last?

Foreign Policy & International Relations

On August 28, 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported about the readiness of Russia and Saudi Arabia to push for the extension of the OPEC+ agreement beyond March 2018. This treaty involves both the OPEC and non-OPEC members who, in 2016, agreed to decrease their oil production in order...

26 Oct 2017

Muddling Through: The World Bank & IMF Annual Meetings Confront a Leaderless World

Muddling Through: The World Bank & IMF Annual Meetings Confront a Leaderless World

Global Economy

Representatives from almost 190 countries have met in Washington DC for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. These events, the pinnacle of the IMF/World Bank calendar, bring the world’s finance ministers and central bank governors together with representatives of business, civil society...

16 Oct 2017

Concealing Cybercrimes: The Art of Anti-Forensics

Concealing Cybercrimes: The Art of Anti-Forensics

Transnational Crime & Security

Two years ago at a Security Summit in New York City attended by Chief Information Security Officers, Ginni Rometty, the IBM Corporation’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, delivered a stark warning about the threat from cybercrime stating: “We believe that data is the phenomenon of our time. It...

16 Oct 2017

Securing the State: Structures to Counter Contemporary Terrorism

Securing the State: Structures to Counter Contemporary Terrorism

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Despite developing ever increasingly sophisticated responses to counter-terrorism, successful terrorist attacks continue to occur with alarming regularity; which includes the sudden surge of terrorist attacks across Europe. On the afternoon of 17 August, 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub drove a van into pedestrians on La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain, killing 15...

25 Sep 2017

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