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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

Small States’ Strategic Hedging for Security and Influence

Small States’ Strategic Hedging for Security and Influence

Foreign Policy & International Relations

Small states are hard to define, yet the study of them persists because of agreement on their existence, importance and common challenges. For small states, the implication of today’s multilateral world is that it provides a stage for them to exercise influence and act internationally. In fact, small states...

14 Sep 2016

Moral Education for Sustainable Futures

Moral Education for Sustainable Futures

Education

Moral education will be on the class schedule of students in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) starting 2016-2017 academic year. The rational to introduce moral education is that it can help build character and resilience required by youth to deal with modern day challenges. It also reinforces values that...

30 Aug 2016

Chinese Foreign Policy and Domestic Factors

Chinese Foreign Policy and Domestic Factors

Foreign Policy & International Relations

Chinese foreign policy under the presidency of Xi Jinping has been increasingly controversial, confident and engaged in both the regional and global trends in security and political economy. At a 2014 foreign affairs conference, Xi emphasized that Chinese diplomacy should be conducted “with a salient Chinese feature and a...

24 Aug 2016

Understanding the Importance of Education for Security

Understanding the Importance of Education for Security

Peace & Security

In the 2007 film, Charlie Wilson’s War, part of the story line is ability of the USA congressman, Charles Wilson, being able to gain agreement to commit over 500 million US dollars (co-funded by other states to a total of 1 Billion US dollars) to support mujahedeen fighters in...

17 Aug 2016

The new bio hazard – Emerging trends in cybercrime

The new bio hazard – Emerging trends in cybercrime

Transnational Crime & Security

Leading cyber security professionals across the world are coming to terms with the uncomfortable truth that private bio-medical data is now more valuable to cybercriminals than bank or credit card details. Cybercriminals are currently attacking the healthcare industry at a higher rate than any other sector. In the last...

02 Aug 2016

Daesh in Europe: From Caliphate to Transnational Terror Threat

Daesh in Europe: From Caliphate to Transnational Terror Threat

Constructions of Terrorism

TRENDS, in cooperation with ICSR, King’s College, London recently organized a conference titled “ISIS in Europe”, held in London on 28-29 July, 2016. An elderly priest moves through the rites of the Catholic mass as it has been done in his Normandy church for over four hundred years.  A...

02 Aug 2016

Preventing the Nice Attack: Learning from Historical Experience

Preventing the Nice Attack: Learning from Historical Experience

Security, Defense & Terrorism

After a terrorist killed 84 people in a horrific attack on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on 14 July, the reaction in France to the third major attack in eighteen months was not political unity but bitter recriminations regarding how the attack could and should have been prevented....

27 Jul 2016

Assessing the Terrorist Threat in the United States

Assessing the Terrorist Threat in the United States

Constructions of Terrorism

In the last two years, the United States has experienced several deadly shootings by those who have professed allegiance to the militant groups Al Qaeda and Daesh/Islamic State. These include the December 2015 shooting of county workers by a married couple in San Bernardino, a shooting in July 2015...

27 Jul 2016