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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

Securing Cyberspace: The Emergence of Organised Cybercrime

Securing Cyberspace: The Emergence of Organised Cybercrime

Transnational Crime & Security

Online activities have now become central to the very way in which millions of people across the world live their lives. While the Internet has positively enriched societal communications and economic opportunities, these technological advancements have changed – and continue to change – the very nature of crime, serving...

05 Oct 2016

Counter-Terrorism, Soft-Power, and Donald Trump

Counter-Terrorism, Soft-Power, and Donald Trump

Security, Defense & Terrorism

During the already historically long United States Presidential campaign, Republican Candidate Donald J. Trump has offered several controversial stratagems for combatting terrorism.  He has claimed that his plan for Daesh (ISIS/ISIL, or the Islamic State) is to “bomb the s— out of them” and then expropriate Iraqi oil, using...

20 Sep 2016

Local difficulties? – The G20 confronts de-globalisation

Local difficulties? – The G20 confronts de-globalisation

Global Economy

Earlier this month the world’s leading politicians and their entourages descended on the eastern Chinese of city of Hangzhou for the G20 Summit. Looming large in the background was a series of events, not least the British referendum result in favour of exiting the European Union, symptomatic of a...

20 Sep 2016

VAT: the tempo increases …

VAT: the tempo increases …

Economy

In preparation for the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) across the GCC in the near future, the first GCC VAT Forum was held in Dubai on 30-31 August 2016.  The VAT Forum was well attended, with some 100 or so delegates present.  That was the first of several...

14 Sep 2016