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Deal or No Deal – Brexit Security Risks and Cooperation

Deal or No Deal – Brexit Security Risks and Cooperation

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The deadline for the British government to secure an agreed withdrawal from the European Union (EU) by 29 March is fast approaching. Despite negotiating a deal for more than two years, the Houses of Parliament have voted down the Prime Minister’s exit plan agreed with the EU.  Defeated by...

11 Mar 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy on Syria: Shifting Tides

U.S. Foreign Policy on Syria: Shifting Tides

Security, Defense & Terrorism

In December 2018 the U.S. announced the withdrawal of troops from Syria following the “successful defeat” of Daesh/Islamic State (IS).  In order to understand the rationale behind this decision, it is necessary to go back to 9/11, which marked a shift in U.S. foreign policy with the “war on...

18 Feb 2019

“To Provide for the Common Defense”: The US National Defense Strategy

“To Provide for the Common Defense”: The US National Defense Strategy

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) is the latest in a series of periodic documents issued by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) as a guide to how the department will respond to military expectations set by the President of the United States and broad U.S. foreign policy interests....

15 Jan 2019

Securing the State: Counter-terrorism and Community Policing

Securing the State: Counter-terrorism and Community Policing

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Communities the world over, despite their varying social, cultural, geographic and ethnic differences, have common and shared values in their need for safety, security and wellbeing. We live in an age of increasing technical connectivity but many citizens and their communities are disconnected from the police who serve to...

12 Dec 2018

Liwa Abu Fadl Abbas (The Al Abbas Brigade) in Syria

Liwa Abu Fadl Abbas (The Al Abbas Brigade) in Syria

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Liwa Abu Fadl Abbas (or the Al Abbas Brigade) is a pro-government Syrian militant group in Syria with strong Iraqi links. Despite news last year of the group’s dissolution, confirmed by Iraqi leader Aws Khafaji, its fighters were deployed this summer in the offensive on South Syria, more specifically...

21 Nov 2018

The Continued Presence of the Islamic State in the Khorasan Province

The Continued Presence of the Islamic State in the Khorasan Province

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The Islamic State has lost almost all of its territory across Iraq and Syria. However, since 2014, it has underhandedly entered the Khorasan region, which covers territory in parts of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Officially established on 10 January 2015, the affiliate group is known as Islamic State-Khorasan Province...

27 Sep 2018

Liwa al-Baqir (The Baqir Brigade) in Syria

Liwa al-Baqir (The Baqir Brigade) in Syria

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Liwa al-Baqir (The Baqir Brigade, named for the fifth Shi’a Imam) is a militia group that is as part of the Syrian “Local Defence Forces”  and strongly linked to Iran, Hezbollah and Harakat Al-Nujaba. The origins of the group appear to date to around 2012 in the eastern and...

06 Aug 2018

Afghanistan: New initiatives, old problems

Afghanistan: New initiatives, old problems

Security, Defense & Terrorism

War and chaos have been present in Afghanistan for almost all of the past four decades.  The current conflict there in 2001, when the United States and NATO allies invaded in response to al-Qaeda attacks on the United States on September 11 of that year.  Recently the United States...

06 Aug 2018

The Strategic Situation in Somalia and the Upcoming Withdrawal of International Forces

The Strategic Situation in Somalia and the Upcoming Withdrawal of International Forces

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The Strategic Situation in Somalia and the Upcoming Withdrawal of International Forces Last year, on March 6, 2017, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) marked its tenth year of combat operations against Al-Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-affiliated insurgent group. Six African countries provide the soldiers for AMISOM: Uganda, Burundi,...

09 May 2018

Continuity and Change in United States National Security Strategy

Continuity and Change in United States National Security Strategy

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Over the past three months, the United States government has published three important strategic security documents: the National Security Strategy, the National Defense Strategy, and the Worldwide Threat Assessment.  The first two are published at irregular intervals, the first informing the second; the third is an annual collective intelligence...

07 Mar 2018

Securing the State: Structures to Counter Contemporary Terrorism

Securing the State: Structures to Counter Contemporary Terrorism

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Despite developing ever increasingly sophisticated responses to counter-terrorism, successful terrorist attacks continue to occur with alarming regularity; which includes the sudden surge of terrorist attacks across Europe. On the afternoon of 17 August, 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub drove a van into pedestrians on La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain, killing 15...

25 Sep 2017

Cyber-terror tactics: Hacking autonomous vehicles

Cyber-terror tactics: Hacking autonomous vehicles

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Cities across Europe remain under siege from recent terrorist events fuelled by the extremist ideology espoused by Daesh. The UK has witnessed four terror attacks in as many months, three of them occurring in London, including incidents outside the Finsbury Park Mosque, on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge. The...

29 Jun 2017

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