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The Geography of Terror


November 11, 2018

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Countering the Narrative of Daesh/ISIS in South East Asia

Countering the Narrative of Daesh/ISIS in South East Asia

Constructions of Terrorism

Just over a year ago, Daesh/ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack near Sarinah Mall in Jakarta, Indonesia.  This event highlighted the risks of terrorism in South East Asia as well as Daesh’s global spread.  However, global counter-terrorism efforts have mainly focused on Iraq and Syria, as well as...

01 Mar 2017

Global Water Governance and International Security

Global Water Governance and International Security

Environment & Security

The Wold Economic Forum (WEF) recently released its sobering Global Risks 2016 report. The findings are the results from The Global Risks Perception Survey whereby approximately 750 experts and decision-makers participated from business, academia, civil society and the public sector from various regions and of different ages contributing different...

22 Feb 2017

Hackers for hire – The monetisation of cybercrime

Hackers for hire – The monetisation of cybercrime

Transnational Crime & Security

According to Sir Tom Winsor, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary in the UK, the amount of cyber fraud being conducted has now reached epidemic proportions. The warning from a leading police policy-maker coincided with the arrest of three Chinese citizens accused of a multi-million dollar cyber fraud in New...

13 Feb 2017

GCC correct to Focus on Vietnam’s Economic Success

GCC correct to Focus on Vietnam’s Economic Success

Global Economy

That the world’s centre of economic gravity is shifting towards Asia is now almost universally accepted. Amongst the GCC this is increasingly reflected in the deepening, or the desire to deepen, interdependencies with countries from the Asian region. Perhaps inevitably most discussions have centred on the GCC’s ties with...

12 Jan 2017

Reconciling Human Rights and Human Security in Countering Terrorism

Reconciling Human Rights and Human Security in Countering Terrorism

Constructions of Terrorism

When countering extremism and terrorism, states face a number of difficult choices and dilemmas.  There is a clear need for action by the state to provide security to society and state institutions.  However, some actions to provide security can create more insecurity in a society and work to drive...

04 Jan 2017

Building Value-Base Identity in a Globalized World

Building Value-Base Identity in a Globalized World

Education

Introduction Social and psychological factors concerning group and individual identity are recognised to be critical in creating a cohesive society. Both individuals and groups recognize religion and ethnicity are powerful expressions of identity. Although, religion and ethnicity are cited as uniting and help build cohesion in many societies, they...

21 Dec 2016

Securing the State – Strategies to counter contemporary terrorism

Securing the State – Strategies to counter contemporary terrorism

Constructions of Terrorism

State of emergency Genuine and meaningful reflection upon counter-terrorism policy involves all in authority being prepared to openly challenge existing concepts and approaches.  In questioning fundamental assumptions of how governments should protect its citizens there are few better places to begin than with terrorism, for not only are these...

06 Dec 2016

How Might Trump Confront Terrorism and Violent Extremism?

How Might Trump Confront Terrorism and Violent Extremism?

Security, Defense & Terrorism

In  a stunning upset, businessman and former reality television show host Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States.  Winning a majority of Electoral College votes, but falling short of winning the popular vote, Trump will become the forty-fifth chief executive of the most powerful nation in...

24 Nov 2016

Securing Cyberspace: The Emergence of Organised Cybercrime

Securing Cyberspace: The Emergence of Organised Cybercrime

Transnational Crime & Security

Online activities have now become central to the very way in which millions of people across the world live their lives. While the Internet has positively enriched societal communications and economic opportunities, these technological advancements have changed – and continue to change – the very nature of crime, serving...

05 Oct 2016

Local difficulties? – The G20 confronts de-globalisation

Local difficulties? – The G20 confronts de-globalisation

Global Economy

Earlier this month the world’s leading politicians and their entourages descended on the eastern Chinese of city of Hangzhou for the G20 Summit. Looming large in the background was a series of events, not least the British referendum result in favour of exiting the European Union, symptomatic of a...

20 Sep 2016

Chinese Foreign Policy and Domestic Factors

Chinese Foreign Policy and Domestic Factors

Foreign Policy & International Relations

Chinese foreign policy under the presidency of Xi Jinping has been increasingly controversial, confident and engaged in both the regional and global trends in security and political economy. At a 2014 foreign affairs conference, Xi emphasized that Chinese diplomacy should be conducted “with a salient Chinese feature and a...

24 Aug 2016

Understanding the Importance of Education for Security

Understanding the Importance of Education for Security

Peace & Security

In the 2007 film, Charlie Wilson’s War, part of the story line is ability of the USA congressman, Charles Wilson, being able to gain agreement to commit over 500 million US dollars (co-funded by other states to a total of 1 Billion US dollars) to support mujahedeen fighters in...

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