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Countering the Narrative of Daesh/ISIS in South East Asia

Countering the Narrative of Daesh/ISIS in South East Asia

Constructions of Terrorism

Just over a year ago, Daesh/ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack near Sarinah Mall in Jakarta, Indonesia.  This event highlighted the risks of terrorism in South East Asia as well as Daesh’s global spread.  However, global counter-terrorism efforts have mainly focused on Iraq and Syria, as well as...

01 Mar 2017

Be Afraid – Be Very Afraid: Trump, Terrorism, and the Media

Be Afraid – Be Very Afraid: Trump, Terrorism, and the Media

Constructions of Terrorism

During a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, home to the headquarters of the United States’ Central Command and Special Operations Command, President Donald Trump claimed that incidents of terrorism are not adequately reported by news media outlets.  He also seemed to suggest that the news media...

22 Feb 2017

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

Assessing the Importance of the New U.S. Secretary of Defense Within the Trump Administration

Assessing the Importance of the New U.S. Secretary of Defense Within the Trump Administration

Foreign Policy & International Relations

On January 20, retired Marine general James Mattis was confirmed as the new United States secretary of defense by the U.S. Senate. His appointment has been cited as potentially among the most important in the new Trump administration. How much influence Mattis will wield within the president’s national security...

31 Jan 2017

GCC correct to Focus on Vietnam’s Economic Success

GCC correct to Focus on Vietnam’s Economic Success

Global Economy

That the world’s centre of economic gravity is shifting towards Asia is now almost universally accepted. Amongst the GCC this is increasingly reflected in the deepening, or the desire to deepen, interdependencies with countries from the Asian region. Perhaps inevitably most discussions have centred on the GCC’s ties with...

12 Jan 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

Discovering the Voice of Youth on the Happiness Factor

Discovering the Voice of Youth on the Happiness Factor

Children & Young People

What makes us happy?  Does happiness contribute to successful economies, peace, development, a good environment?  The United Nations, in 2012, held a high-level meeting to address the issue of “Happiness and Well-Being.”  The impetus for this meeting came from discussions over the sustainable development goals and the well-being of...

14 Nov 2016

What’s wrong with “signature strikes”?

What’s wrong with “signature strikes”?

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The United States has increasingly relied on the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs) to conduct lethal strikes in its on-going counter-terrorism campaign.  RPAs (or “drones,” colloquially) are employed in a variety of missions, the majority of which are un-armed reconnaissance missions where highly sensitive sensors and real-time high-definition...

26 Oct 2016

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