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What Happens After Daesh?  Lessons from Africa, the Americas, and the Arab World

What Happens After Daesh? Lessons from Africa, the Americas, and the Arab World

Peace & Security

The physical defeat of Daesh and the removal of the so-called “Caliphate” from the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria is inevitable. Mosul was liberated from Daesh in early July by the Iraqi security forces and supported by local tribes and the International Coalition. In other parts of...

30 Aug 2017

Gulf-Europe Relations Face an Uncertain Future

Gulf-Europe Relations Face an Uncertain Future

International Affairs

It is not very clear where the Gulf region stands on the European foreign policy agenda.  There stands a number of factors preventing the EU from taking a more defined stance in relation to the GCC.  There is a fundamental matter of norm divergence where the EU’s stance on...

16 Aug 2017

Emmanuel Macron’s Hundred Days: Continuity or Change in French Security Policy?

Emmanuel Macron’s Hundred Days: Continuity or Change in French Security Policy?

Foreign Policy & International Relations

French President Emmanuel Macron, elected on 7 May 2017, came into office with little experience in foreign policy or military affairs. As his political movement, La République en Marche, claimed to be neither on the right nor on the left of French politics, it was unclear at the time...

16 Aug 2017

The Necessity of Action in Response to Qatar’s support for Terrorism

The Necessity of Action in Response to Qatar’s support for Terrorism

Constructions of Terrorism

Four Arab states have imposed a range of unilateral measures on Qatar in response to that country’s support for terrorist groups and for allowing the funding of terrorist organizations to take place on its territory. For years, Qatar has been known to provide sanctuary, material and financial support to...

29 Jun 2017

Cyber-terror tactics: Hacking autonomous vehicles

Cyber-terror tactics: Hacking autonomous vehicles

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Cities across Europe remain under siege from recent terrorist events fuelled by the extremist ideology espoused by Daesh. The UK has witnessed four terror attacks in as many months, three of them occurring in London, including incidents outside the Finsbury Park Mosque, on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge. The...

29 Jun 2017

Daesh in Iran: Spreading Instability

Daesh in Iran: Spreading Instability

Security, Defense & Terrorism

On 7 June, ISIS/Daesh carried out attacks in Tehran, targeting the Iranian parliament and the burial shrine of the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ruhallah Khomeini.  These attacks mark a major turning point in Iran’s internal struggle with terrorism and militancy. The dual terror attacks also underscore the evolution of...

22 Jun 2017

Laptop Bombs and Civil Aviation: Terrorism Potentials and Carry On Travel Bans

Laptop Bombs and Civil Aviation: Terrorism Potentials and Carry On Travel Bans

Terrorism Futures Series

This Insight in the TRENDS Terrorism Futures Series focuses on the heightened concerns expressed over the smuggling of explosives hidden in laptops by Al Qaeda, and now Islamic State/Daesh, operatives for civil aviation bombing purposes. It will provide an overview of ongoing radical Islamist airliner explosive device targeting approaches...

14 Jun 2017

Qatar and the Funding of Terrorism: A Global Concern

Qatar and the Funding of Terrorism: A Global Concern

Foreign Policy & International Relations

A central pillar in the current diplomatic row between a number of Arab States and Qatar is the issue of Qatar’s direct support for terrorism.  Given the threat of terrorism in the Middle East and the wider world, taking action to target sources of funding should come as no...

08 Jun 2017

Cyber drone-jacking: Emerging threats to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Cyber drone-jacking: Emerging threats to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Transnational Crime & Security

The introduction of military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) by the Central Intelligence Agency in the skies over Afghanistan during 2000 represented a fundamental shift in intelligence gathering capabilities.  Today, UAVs are used for a wide range of military missions such as border surveillance, reconnaissance, transportation and armed attacks. Following...

25 May 2017

The New Hamas Declaration on Principles and Policies: No Change to the Islamist Agenda

The New Hamas Declaration on Principles and Policies: No Change to the Islamist Agenda

Political Islam

On 1 May 2017, Hamas held a major press conference in Doha, Qatar to announce what has been called a “New Charter” for Hamas.  The leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshal, presented A Document of General Principles & Policies, intended to set out a revised political agenda for Hamas.  The...

11 May 2017

The US fight against ISIS/Daesh: The War on Terror from Obama to Trump

The US fight against ISIS/Daesh: The War on Terror from Obama to Trump

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Recent gains in Iraq by the US-led coalition have translated into clear losses for ISIS/Daesh.  The territory controlled by the so-called “caliphate” shrunk 16% in the first nine months of 2016 and 14% in 2015. Iraqi military sources believe that the insurgency now controls less than 7% of Iraqi...

04 May 2017

Combating cybercrime – The White Hat revolution

Combating cybercrime – The White Hat revolution

Transnational Crime & Security

The unrelenting pace of technological change epitomises the domain of cybercrime and cybersecurity with criminals constantly developing new and transformed attacks. These innovations in cybercrime include those within the Dark Web – the collection of websites that exist on an encrypted network that cannot be found by using traditional...

27 Apr 2017

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