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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

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

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...

17 Aug 2016

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

Daesh in Europe: From Caliphate to Transnational Terror Threat

Daesh in Europe: From Caliphate to Transnational Terror Threat

Constructions of Terrorism

TRENDS, in cooperation with ICSR, King’s College, London recently organized a conference titled “ISIS in Europe”, held in London on 28-29 July, 2016. An elderly priest moves through the rites of the Catholic mass as it has been done in his Normandy church for over four hundred years.  A...

02 Aug 2016

Preventing the Nice Attack: Learning from Historical Experience

Preventing the Nice Attack: Learning from Historical Experience

Security, Defense & Terrorism

After a terrorist killed 84 people in a horrific attack on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on 14 July, the reaction in France to the third major attack in eighteen months was not political unity but bitter recriminations regarding how the attack could and should have been prevented....

27 Jul 2016

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