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Phoenix Rising? The Group of 7 System

Phoenix Rising? The Group of 7 System

Global Economy

The leaders of the Group of 7 (G7) countries will convene for their 42nd Annual Summit in Ise-Shima, Japan on 26-27 May. The G7 originated in a series of ad hoc meetings convened by finance ministers grappling with the aftermath of the collapse of the Bretton Woods system. Sensing...

17 May 2016

Transnational Crime, Transnational Criminal Law and Security in Afghanistan

Transnational Crime, Transnational Criminal Law and Security in Afghanistan

Transnational Crime & Security

Afghanistan remains the world’s largest producer of opium (more than 90% of illicit global supplies) and the heroin derived from this opium constitutes the bulk of the supply of the heroin in Europe and Eurasia.  As a result, transnational crime and the weakness of the legal control of that...

03 May 2016

Diversifying GCC Economies: The prospects and pitfalls of financial services

Diversifying GCC Economies: The prospects and pitfalls of financial services

Global Economy

As other Trends contributions have observed, the slump in global oil prices has reignited the debate surrounding the need to diversify the economies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Speaking at the Arab Fiscal Forum in February 2016 Christine Lagarde, the IMF Managing Director, revealed that oil exporters in...

03 May 2016

Confronting the Challenges to Global Security Created by Daesh/Islamic State

Confronting the Challenges to Global Security Created by Daesh/Islamic State

Constructions of Terrorism

Daesh/Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS/ISIL has seized the attention of global leaders, diplomats, military and security officials, academics and journalists alike.  Tracing its linage back to the insurgency that grew out of the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States and its allies, Daesh/IS now transcends...

19 Apr 2016

Chaos, The Legacy of Daesh: Observations after Brussels

Chaos, The Legacy of Daesh: Observations after Brussels

Constructions of Terrorism

Though the 22 March 2016 bombings in Brussels, Belgium captured the attention of Western Europe and the United States, Daesh (the Islamic State, ISIS/ISIL) has been responsible for killing scores recently in Turkey and hundreds in Baghdad.  These recent terror attacks against relatively soft targets challenges a developing consensus...

05 Apr 2016

Is the Idea of “The West” still Relevant in Modern International Politics?

Is the Idea of “The West” still Relevant in Modern International Politics?

Foreign Policy & International Relations

The term “the West” is widely used in the media and discussions on contemporary political issues: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Eastern Europe or Syria, for instance, are seen as challenging “the West” as well as inviting some form of “western” political or strategic response. The term has...

21 Mar 2016

Elections in Iran: Should We Wait for Changes?

Elections in Iran: Should We Wait for Changes?

Foreign Policy & International Relations

The important day      On February 26, 2016, elections in the Majlis and Assembly of Experts were held in Iran. Their outcomes are expected to play a significant role in determining the future of the Islamic republic for the next several. On the one hand, the results of the...

21 Mar 2016

Why is Terrorism Terrifying?

Why is Terrorism Terrifying?

Constructions of Terrorism

In spite of hundreds of billions of dollars spent globally on counter-terrorism measures, and the extremely low incidence of terrorism in most of the world, people (according to surveys of U.S. residents) are still terrorized by remote and unlikely threats and believe countering terrorism ought to be a priority...

03 Mar 2016

Supporting Women in Science and Technology

Supporting Women in Science and Technology

Education

The role of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is regionally and internationally a rising issue. On 11 February 2016, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrated the first annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Its objective was to recognize...

03 Mar 2016

The Usefulness of the “Civilian” vs. “Military” Targeting Distinction in Defining Terrorism

The Usefulness of the “Civilian” vs. “Military” Targeting Distinction in Defining Terrorism

Constructions of Terrorism

In the longstanding debate about how best to define terrorism, some distinguish terrorism from other forms of political violence based on the targets of the violence. That is, a terrorist attack targets civilians, and not military personnel. Does this targeting distinction provide a sound basis for defining terrorism? There...

24 Feb 2016

New Economic/Security Challenges Force Gulf States Strategy Rethink

New Economic/Security Challenges Force Gulf States Strategy Rethink

Global Economy

The Gulf states have entered a period of unprecedented uncertainty when the three key pillars underpinning the region’s stability and development appear less dependable than in the past. To overcome these multiple challenges the GCC will need to re-examine the bases of its domestic, regional and global policies. Since...

24 Feb 2016

Education as a Security Imperative in Post-Conflict Development

Education as a Security Imperative in Post-Conflict Development

Children & Young People

Reports of armed conflicts around the world have become a familiar headline on the television, in the newspapers and online. Much of the reporting includes the impact that violence and war has on children, often containing graphic images of children in horrendous circumstances. For example, images of child soldiers...

17 Feb 2016