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Towards the Global ‘Rule of Law’: Beyond ‘Paper Implementation’ of Transnational Criminal Law Conventions

Towards the Global ‘Rule of Law’: Beyond ‘Paper Implementation’ of Transnational Criminal Law Conventions

Transnational Crime & Security

The 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice was held in Doha, Qatar from the 12th to the 19th April, 2015, and was presided over by  Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Convened by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) every...

08 Dec 2015

Talk Is [Not Always] Cheap: The G20 and Terrorist Financing

Talk Is [Not Always] Cheap: The G20 and Terrorist Financing

Security & Political Economy

The latest statement by the G20 on the fight against terrorism during the meeting in Antalya may seem as an afterthought included with official communiqués in view of the attacks in Paris. Predictably, members of the G20 condemned the attacks in Ankara in October 10th and Paris in November...

01 Dec 2015

The GCC and the Paris Climate Change talks

The GCC and the Paris Climate Change talks

Environment & Security

Following the failure of the 2009 Copenhagen climate change conference (CoP 15) to reach a deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol, all countries have been negotiating for a new and acceptable agreement by 2015, to be implemented in 2020. The outcome of these negotiations now depends on the political...

01 Dec 2015

“The End is Near.” Millenarian Terrorism

“The End is Near.” Millenarian Terrorism

Constructions of Terrorism

This contribution will serve as a second part to a previous piece on how three of the most violent contemporary terrorist groups construct themselves.  The first part described how Boko Haram, al-Shabaab and Daesh have co-opted one of humanity’s great faiths for their own purposes and pretend to serve...

24 Nov 2015

Analyzing the Gulf States’ Global Rise

Analyzing the Gulf States’ Global Rise

Global Economy

During the opening decade and a half of the twenty-first century, the Gulf States emerged as increasingly visible global actors. Using their substantive energy resources and capital accumulation during the oil-price boom between 2002 and 2008 as leverage, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and, to a lesser extent,...

24 Nov 2015

Adapting Counter Insurgency (COIN) to Coalition Warfare in Syria

Adapting Counter Insurgency (COIN) to Coalition Warfare in Syria

Security, Defense & Terrorism

On 30 October, President Barack Obama announced the deployment of American Special Forces to Syria to fight Daesh. While the number is capped at fifty soldiers to provide assistance to the Kurds and independent Syrian forces, it may not remain so, given the increase in U.S. troops in Iraq...

19 Nov 2015

Daesh Redefined

Daesh Redefined

Constructions of Terrorism

In the span of two weeks, Daesh has claimed the lives of nearly 400 unarmed civilians of easily a dozen nationalities on two continents.  This series of assaults in Paris, Beirut, and in the sky over the Sinai desert runs counter to recent assessments and conventional wisdom about the...

17 Nov 2015

Migration Influxes and European Compassion: How Long Do We Need to Wait for an Informed Sustainability?

Migration Influxes and European Compassion: How Long Do We Need to Wait for an Informed Sustainability?

Humanitarian Governance

Over the last two months, everyone with internet access has surely come across the picture of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler drowned in Turkish waters on a beach of Bodrum last September 2.  It seems the photo of Aylan, along with waves of refugees trying to cross to Eastern...

10 Nov 2015

Phoenix Rising? A decade of reform at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

Phoenix Rising? A decade of reform at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

Global Economy

In May 2015, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) member countries renewed Angel Gurria’s mandate as Secretary-General of the organisation until 2021. When Gurria assumed the helm in 2006 the OECD seemed to be drifting into obscurity with some commentators recommending that the organisation be scrapped. Thanks...

10 Nov 2015

Implementing Ownership in Fragile and Least Developed Countries: Could it be done from the outside?

Implementing Ownership in Fragile and Least Developed Countries: Could it be done from the outside?

Humanitarian Governance

Since 2000, aid effectiveness agenda has become a high priority among donors. In this context, OECD organized a series of high-level fora, which have provided the setting for a number of key declarations and agreements on aid effectivness. Among them, the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, endorsed in 2005...

01 Nov 2015

How do terrorists “construct” themselves?

How do terrorists “construct” themselves?

Constructions of Terrorism

If we accept as a core definition of terrorism “violent political expression,” where death and destruction are used as means to a political end, then it is important to carefully consider the content of such expression.  This article briefly reviews how violent political groups have accepted or rejected the...

01 Nov 2015

French Airpower and Counterinsurgency

French Airpower and Counterinsurgency

Security, Defense & Terrorism

French aircraft struck a Daesh camp in Deir Ezzor in Syria on 27 September. French President François Hollande stated that ‘six aircraft were used, including five Rafales’, and that ‘the camp was totally destroyed’. Despite having undertaken 200 airstrikes since 2014 in Iraq, France had chosen not to get...

21 Oct 2015

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