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The End of the Beginning of Daesh

The End of the Beginning of Daesh

Constructions of Terrorism

Over 140 defenseless civilians in Mosul, Iraq, were killed in a single airstrike on the 17th of March, likely conducted by United States aircraft.  Several important questions can be asked in the wake of this: First, did Daesh (ISIS/ISIL, Islamic State) intentionally gather these Iraqis to use them as...

18 Apr 2017

Russia, China & US Geopolitics: Cooperation & Competition

Russia, China & US Geopolitics: Cooperation & Competition

Foreign Policy & International Relations

Internationally, geostrategic shifts are occurring that Russia, the US and China are forging, contesting and benefiting from – almost all at once. This triad, as a new lens to interpret drivers in today’s international relations, reflects bilateral and multilateral cooperation and competition. Indeed, a new geopolitical landscape has emerged...

12 Apr 2017

The Value of Think Tanks

The Value of Think Tanks

Think Tanks

Events in 2016 confounded the so-called “experts” leading to declarations about the death of expertise.  Following the outcome of the Brexit vote, or the Trump election to the USA Presidency, a key part of the discussion was why did the experts, analysts, predictors get it wrong?  A conclusion of...

04 Apr 2017

Investing in Youth for the Development of Human Capital

Investing in Youth for the Development of Human Capital

Children & Young People

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace recently published a report titled Arab World Horizons: Arab Fractures: Citizens, States, and Social Contract. The Report examines the widespread lack of human development in the MENA region and attempts to identify key areas where governments can take action. Investing in human capital...

04 Apr 2017

Attack of the drones – Emerging threats from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Attack of the drones – Emerging threats from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The proliferation of drone technology presents a new and unique suite of security challenges. Last year, rogue drone incursions forced the temporary closure of Dubai and Sharjah International airports. The shutdowns were serious events, costing hundreds of millions of dirhams per hour, disrupting dozens of flights and inconveniencing thousands...

22 Mar 2017

The rising powers and the liberal world order: the GCC in a ‘post-Western’ environment

The rising powers and the liberal world order: the GCC in a ‘post-Western’ environment

Foreign Policy & International Relations

The inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States has reignited the debate about the future of the liberal international order. Some bullish assessments aside most prognosis are gloomy. In many respects this is nothing new. Anguished accounts foretelling the demise of the liberal order, the...

15 Mar 2017

Iran’s Long Game in Lebanon

Iran’s Long Game in Lebanon

Security, Defense & Terrorism

On 31 October 2016, Lebanon’s parliament elected veteran Christian leader General Michel Aoun as the country’s new President, ending a 29-month-long vacuum at the head of the state.  For over two years prior the election, Aoun’s candidacy was rejected by the pro- Arab and western coalition including the Sunni...

15 Mar 2017

The Bondage of History:  Daesh/ISIS and the Islamic Past

The Bondage of History: Daesh/ISIS and the Islamic Past

Constructions of Terrorism

Political organizations often play with history.  Terrorist groups are, of course, organizations with political agendas and it should come as no surprise that the use and abuse of history as a tool also applies to Salafi-Jihadist terrorist groups like al-Qa’ida and Daesh/ISIS.  Both organizations begin with sacred history and...

09 Mar 2017

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

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