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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

Big Data and open source intelligence – A game-changer for counter-terrorism?

Big Data and open source intelligence – A game-changer for counter-terrorism?

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The threat from terrorism continues to present a clear and present danger to many communitiesacross the world. The suicide bombingsin Turkey on 28th June which killed 41 people at the Ataturk international airport in Istanbul, and the series of deadly bombings in Baghdad and Iraq during July, the string...

19 Jul 2016

The Need to Look More Closely at Iran

The Need to Look More Closely at Iran

Foreign Policy & International Relations

In a recent Expert Analysis published by TRENDS, Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield and Dr. Ramesh Sepehrrad presented the view that the USA government and policy analysts are misreading Iran.  They explained there is a long held belief that Iran will change, that the reformist figures in the country seek to,...

12 Jul 2016

The Fragile State Index in 2016

The Fragile State Index in 2016

Peace & Security

Introduction The Fragile State Index (FSI) for 2016 has just been released by the Fund for Peace (FFP). It is their twelfth annual report. The FSI shows a colour coated global map indicating state stability. The overall impression one would get looking at this year’s map is that the...

12 Jul 2016

Lessons from the Orlando Attack for Defining Terrorism

Lessons from the Orlando Attack for Defining Terrorism

Constructions of Terrorism

In the aftermath of the mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida nightclub this past June, analysts and politicians alike were quick to deem the attack “terrorism.” Indeed, the perpetrator, Omar Mateen, claimed he was acting for Daesh/Islamic State in phone calls to an emergency number (911), a television station...

12 Jul 2016