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Security and Development: Questioning ‘righting wrongs’ strategies and the role of the international community

Security and Development: Questioning ‘righting wrongs’ strategies and the role of the international community

Security & Development

Last March 8, David Malone, a Canadian career diplomat and an international development and security scholar, gave a talk at the New York University of Abu Dhabi to discuss the changing role of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in conflicts and new possibilities for development assistance in the...

11 Mar 2015

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s Discourse for the Creation of the Ummah

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s Discourse for the Creation of the Ummah

ISIS Discourse

On the 4 July 2014, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi provided a sermon through which he formally declared the establishment of the ISIS Caliphate and himself as the self-proclaimed Caliph. The discourse utilized by al-Baghdadi during that sermon creates a new communal identity from a worldwide Muslim population (Ummah) who may...

08 Mar 2015

Jordan and Daesh: will the brutal murder of a fighter pilot change hearts and minds?

Jordan and Daesh: will the brutal murder of a fighter pilot change hearts and minds?

Economics & Daesh

Thousands of Jordanians – including the country’s Queen Rania – took to the streets of the capital Amman February 6. They were protesting the burning alive of the Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kasabeh by Daesh and showing their support for the Jordanian government’s vow to “eliminate and wipe Daesh out completely.” Does such...

26 Feb 2015

In the mind – or in the life – of a jihadist?

In the mind – or in the life – of a jihadist?

Fundamentalism

The recent tragic events in Paris refreshed the importance of the historical roots of “fundamentalism”, which is misleadingly considered as only Islamic, or, even worse, inherently Islamic. The term “fundamentalism” itself, along with its notions, arose in the early 20th century in the United States. Between 1910 and 1915,...

25 Feb 2015

Fifth Dimensional Battlespace: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Implications

Fifth Dimensional Battlespace: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Implications

Terrorism Futures Series

This essay in the terrorism futures series will highlight the emergence of fifth dimensional battlespace, its implications for both the conduct of terrorism and counterterrorism operations, and, to some extent, interactions with terrorist disruptive targeting capabilities. Additionally, the larger civilizational context in which a dynamic yet little recognized terrorism...

10 Feb 2015

The UAE-funded Mrajeeb al-Fhood Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. Can humanitarianism ever upgrade?

The UAE-funded Mrajeeb al-Fhood Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. Can humanitarianism ever upgrade?

Refugees

20 km north the Jordanian city of Zarqa, the Mrajeeb al-Fhood refugee camp is currently funded and administered by the Emirati Red Crescent (ERC). The camp was constructed in April 2013 to assist the Syrian refugees fleeing the still ongoing conflict. The allocated funds were part of the Dh21.5...

08 Feb 2015

Green Economy and National Security of the GCC

Green Economy and National Security of the GCC

Green Economy - Part 2/2

Since the financial crisis in 2008, discontent and demonstrations demanding a better quality of life, more social equity and environmental justice have taken place all around the world, from Occupy Wall Street in 2011 to the Arab uprisings, and from the Brazilian street protests in 2013 to the People’s...

05 Feb 2015

The ISIS Resident Evil is Evolving: Three things to understand from the recent ISIS video

The ISIS Resident Evil is Evolving: Three things to understand from the recent ISIS video

ISIS Video

The recently circulated ISIS video showing Jordanian pilot Moath al Kasasbeh confined in a cage and burnt alive is the most graphic and gruesome one to date. The analysis of the video’s content, discourse and implications are vital to the study of the group and its evolution and motives....

04 Feb 2015

Problem-Solving: Education for a better future

Problem-Solving: Education for a better future

Education

United Arab Emirates, 15 years old students who participated in the Programme for the International Students Assessment (PISA), scored poorly on math, reading and science in addition to the newly added section that tests students’ problem-solving abilities. The PISA test, administered in 2012 where more than 510,000 students from...

02 Feb 2015

ISIL and the permissive international environment of the Middle East

ISIL and the permissive international environment of the Middle East

ISIL

The extraordinary expansion of ISIL across northern and western Iraq as well as Syria remains a puzzling matter for a number of commentators. Its rapid success from 2013 onwards can be easily put down to large sources of external funding as well as the incredible prize of huge amounts...

01 Feb 2015

Green Economy, Principles and Challenges

Green Economy, Principles and Challenges

Green Economy - Part 1/2

Our planet’s future development agenda is amidst major changes marked by the Rio+20 Summit of 2012, and the launch of the post-2015 development agenda and the UN Paris Climate Change Conference coming in late 2015. The Green economy has over the past few years became a central concept on...

29 Jan 2015

Knowledge is infinite – oil is not

Knowledge is infinite – oil is not

Education

Since 2000, over 70 countries that together make up over 80% of the world economy have been comparing how well their school systems prepare young people for life and work. The framework for these comparisons is the world’s global metric for learning outcomes, known as PISA (Programme for International...

27 Jan 2015