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November 11, 2018

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The new bio hazard – Emerging trends in cybercrime

The new bio hazard – Emerging trends in cybercrime

Transnational Crime & Security

Leading cyber security professionals across the world are coming to terms with the uncomfortable truth that private bio-medical data is now more valuable to cybercriminals than bank or credit card details. Cybercriminals are currently attacking the healthcare industry at a higher rate than any other sector. In the last...

02 Aug 2016

Big Data and open source intelligence – A game-changer for counter-terrorism?

Big Data and open source intelligence – A game-changer for counter-terrorism?

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The threat from terrorism continues to present a clear and present danger to many communitiesacross the world. The suicide bombingsin Turkey on 28th June which killed 41 people at the Ataturk international airport in Istanbul, and the series of deadly bombings in Baghdad and Iraq during July, the string...

19 Jul 2016

The Fragile State Index in 2016

The Fragile State Index in 2016

Peace & Security

Introduction The Fragile State Index (FSI) for 2016 has just been released by the Fund for Peace (FFP). It is their twelfth annual report. The FSI shows a colour coated global map indicating state stability. The overall impression one would get looking at this year’s map is that the...

12 Jul 2016

The Global Financial Stability Review

The Global Financial Stability Review

Global Economy

Overview The outlook for the global economy has deteriorated causing an increase in financial market volatility this year. More uncertain global growth prospects and declines in inflation expectations could produce sustained economic and financial weakness as well as intensified concerns about global financial stability. The IMF pointed out in...

28 Jun 2016

The Group of 20 Limps Along

The Group of 20 Limps Along

Global Economy

At the height of the global financial crisis in 2008, the Group of 20 (G20) was elevated from a group of finance ministers to a heads of state meeting. The G20 won plaudits for effectuating a coordinated response that helped to mitigate the crisis and for seizing the opportunity...

28 Jun 2016

Phoenix Rising? The Group of 7 System

Phoenix Rising? The Group of 7 System

Global Economy

The leaders of the Group of 7 (G7) countries will convene for their 42nd Annual Summit in Ise-Shima, Japan on 26-27 May. The G7 originated in a series of ad hoc meetings convened by finance ministers grappling with the aftermath of the collapse of the Bretton Woods system. Sensing...

17 May 2016

Transnational Crime, Transnational Criminal Law and Security in Afghanistan

Transnational Crime, Transnational Criminal Law and Security in Afghanistan

Transnational Crime & Security

Afghanistan remains the world’s largest producer of opium (more than 90% of illicit global supplies) and the heroin derived from this opium constitutes the bulk of the supply of the heroin in Europe and Eurasia.  As a result, transnational crime and the weakness of the legal control of that...

03 May 2016

Confronting the Challenges to Global Security Created by Daesh/Islamic State

Confronting the Challenges to Global Security Created by Daesh/Islamic State

Constructions of Terrorism

Daesh/Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS/ISIL has seized the attention of global leaders, diplomats, military and security officials, academics and journalists alike.  Tracing its linage back to the insurgency that grew out of the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States and its allies, Daesh/IS now transcends...

19 Apr 2016

Chaos, The Legacy of Daesh: Observations after Brussels

Chaos, The Legacy of Daesh: Observations after Brussels

Constructions of Terrorism

Though the 22 March 2016 bombings in Brussels, Belgium captured the attention of Western Europe and the United States, Daesh (the Islamic State, ISIS/ISIL) has been responsible for killing scores recently in Turkey and hundreds in Baghdad.  These recent terror attacks against relatively soft targets challenges a developing consensus...

05 Apr 2016

Is the Idea of “The West” still Relevant in Modern International Politics?

Is the Idea of “The West” still Relevant in Modern International Politics?

Foreign Policy & International Relations

The term “the West” is widely used in the media and discussions on contemporary political issues: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Eastern Europe or Syria, for instance, are seen as challenging “the West” as well as inviting some form of “western” political or strategic response. The term has...

21 Mar 2016

Why is Terrorism Terrifying?

Why is Terrorism Terrifying?

Constructions of Terrorism

In spite of hundreds of billions of dollars spent globally on counter-terrorism measures, and the extremely low incidence of terrorism in most of the world, people (according to surveys of U.S. residents) are still terrorized by remote and unlikely threats and believe countering terrorism ought to be a priority...

03 Mar 2016

Supporting Women in Science and Technology

Supporting Women in Science and Technology

Education

The role of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is regionally and internationally a rising issue. On 11 February 2016, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrated the first annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Its objective was to recognize...

03 Mar 2016

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