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Afghanistan: New initiatives, old problems

Afghanistan: New initiatives, old problems

Security, Defense & Terrorism

War and chaos have been present in Afghanistan for almost all of the past four decades.  The current conflict there in 2001, when the United States and NATO allies invaded in response to al-Qaeda attacks on the United States on September 11 of that year.  Recently the United States...

06 Aug 2018

A Review of China-UAE Relations in the Context of Xi Jinping’s Visit to the UAE

A Review of China-UAE Relations in the Context of Xi Jinping’s Visit to the UAE

Foreign Policy & International Relations

Starting on July 19, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This was the first visit of the Head of State of China to the UAE in the past 29 years. It was also the first visit by Chinese Communist party and...

24 Jul 2018

Is the Past Prologue? North Korea and Denuclearization

Is the Past Prologue? North Korea and Denuclearization

International Security

The future of negotiations between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea), South Korea, and the United States over the North’s nuclear program have swung dramatically between warm embraces across an armistice line and renewed threats of nuclear warfare.  What is happening, and what is at stake?...

12 Jun 2018

Franco-British-American Relations in Syria and Iran

Franco-British-American Relations in Syria and Iran

International Security

French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to the United States for three days in late April showed a somewhat surprising effort by the French head of state to demonstrate a close friendship with U.S. President Donald Trump. In the U.S. media, more attention was paid to the so-called ‘bromance’...

12 Jun 2018

The UAE – Soft Superpower in the Making?

The UAE – Soft Superpower in the Making?

Foreign Policy & International Relations

Just over a year ago His Highness Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated the UAE’s Soft Power Council. The Council, which launched the UAE’s Soft Power Strategy during the Government’s Annual Meetings in September 2017, will oversee efforts to enhance the country’s international reputation. In taking this initiative, the...

30 May 2018

US Withdrawal from the Iran Deal – What Comes Next?

US Withdrawal from the Iran Deal – What Comes Next?

International Security

On 8 May the President of the United States announced the USA would no longer participate in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, also known as the Iran Deal), effective immediately.  Furthermore, the President announced that US sanctions on Iran relating to its nuclear activity would be reinstated....

20 May 2018

The Strategic Situation in Somalia and the Upcoming Withdrawal of International Forces

The Strategic Situation in Somalia and the Upcoming Withdrawal of International Forces

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The Strategic Situation in Somalia and the Upcoming Withdrawal of International Forces Last year, on March 6, 2017, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) marked its tenth year of combat operations against Al-Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-affiliated insurgent group. Six African countries provide the soldiers for AMISOM: Uganda, Burundi,...

09 May 2018

American Civil-Military Relations Under President Trump

American Civil-Military Relations Under President Trump

Peace & Security

This coming Veterans Day (11 November), the United States will hold what President Trump heralds as a great parade to display the country’s military might. Inspired by his attendance at France’s Bastille Day celebration, the parade will be the first of its scale since the country’s victory over Saddam...

23 Apr 2018

Principled Realism: Interests and Ideology

Principled Realism: Interests and Ideology

International Security

President Donald Trump’s first National Security Strategy opens with a description of its underlying philosophy, “Principled Realism:” “An America First National Security Strategy is based on American principles, a clear-eyed assessment of U.S. interests, and a determination to tackle the challenges that we face.  It is a strategy of...

02 Apr 2018

Security & Development in the Sahel region: Challenges & Opportunities for the G5 Sahel Joint Force

Security & Development in the Sahel region: Challenges & Opportunities for the G5 Sahel Joint Force

Peace & Security

On 23 February 2018, the EU hosted the International High Level Conference on the Sahel in Brussels, to mobilize additional resources for the new joint military of the G5 Sahel countries – the G5 Sahel Joint force (FC-G5S) – with the aim of making it fully operational this year....

02 Apr 2018

Continuity and Change in United States National Security Strategy

Continuity and Change in United States National Security Strategy

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Over the past three months, the United States government has published three important strategic security documents: the National Security Strategy, the National Defense Strategy, and the Worldwide Threat Assessment.  The first two are published at irregular intervals, the first informing the second; the third is an annual collective intelligence...

07 Mar 2018

The Youth Dimensions of International Peace and Security

The Youth Dimensions of International Peace and Security

Children & Young People

At a recent international event on the Gender Dimensions of International Peace and Security in the UAE, organised by TRENDS Research & Advisory, the inclusion of youth was a strong theme that emerged from the keynote speakers and panel members. The Women, Peace and Security Agenda is the product...

26 Feb 2018

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