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ECOWAS, EAC, and the comparative efficacies of free movement protocols across the African continent

November 30, 2015

By Moses Onyango and Jean-Marc Trouille Africa, traditionally the poorest continent, has been undergoing profound changes, illustrated by higher growth rates for over a decade. This has brought a sense among African policymakers that trade facilitation measures and tighter cooperation around joint regional markets are crucial to make this burgeoning prosperity sustainable. Whilst a vast … Continue reading “ECOWAS, EAC, and the comparative efficacies of free movement protocols across the African continent”


The role of strategic outsourcing in preventing the spread of ISIL

November 26, 2015

By: Cheng Lai Ki Over the last eleven months, Sunni-jihadi extremists known as the the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) have been directly involved in multiple crises resulting in the deaths and displacement of civilians in Syria[1], and more recently, in Paris. For ISIL, the battlefield is … Continue reading “The role of strategic outsourcing in preventing the spread of ISIL”


Despite a Historic Summit, Cross-Strait Relations Faces the ‘Certainty of Uncertainty’

November 24, 2015

By: Jeroen Gelsing On November 7, the world’s press thronged into the Island Ballroom of Singapore’s Shangri-La Hotel. The occasion marked a historic meeting between the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Kuomintang (KMT) – erstwhile foes in the Chinese Civil War, which reached its present stalemate with the KMT retreat to the … Continue reading “Despite a Historic Summit, Cross-Strait Relations Faces the ‘Certainty of Uncertainty’”


Neither Churchill nor Chamberlain: Time to Ditch the Munich Analogy

November 23, 2015

By Thomas Colley An article in yesterday’s Sunday Times set out British Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to ‘bomb ISIS in a fortnight’.[1] The article, as is so common in today’s age of spin, premediates what Cameron is likely to say in the hope of controlling the debate on extending airstrikes into Syria before it … Continue reading “Neither Churchill nor Chamberlain: Time to Ditch the Munich Analogy”


Will losing ground tip the balance of power for Daesh?

November 21, 2015

By: Yuji Develle Photo: YPJ fighter fighting ISIL. Photo by Claus Weinberg It has been a terrible week for Daesh. While the western world shook once more at the unspeakable barbarity and horrors of the Paris attacks, Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi and his affiliates were likely not in the mood to celebrate. Recently, Daesh has been … Continue reading “Will losing ground tip the balance of power for Daesh?”


A war on humanitarianism?

November 19, 2015

By: Mélanie Thienard   Is the United States waging a war on humanitarianism? On 26 October 2015, a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Northern Yemen was struck by airstrikes, allegedly conducted by the US-supported, Saudi-led coalition, who have denied any implication in the destruction of the hospital. Earlier that month, on the 3rd of October, … Continue reading “A war on humanitarianism?”


The Paris terror attacks and their geopolitical implications

November 16, 2015

By: Deborah Asseraf Six coordinated terror attacks, involving seven terrorists took place in East Paris and near the Stade de France at Saint Denis on the evening of Friday, November 13. In Saint Denis, three terrorists blew themselves up near the stadium, while supporters inside attended a friendly France – Germany football match. Among the five … Continue reading “The Paris terror attacks and their geopolitical implications”


Responding to terrorism: the views from Beirut and Paris

November 15, 2015

By Strife On November 13, three teams linked to ISIS carried out seven seemingly coordinated attacks across Paris, killing 139 people and bringing the city to its knees. Sadly, this was not the only attack this past week. On November 12, 43 people were also killed in a double suicide blast carried out by ISIS … Continue reading “Responding to terrorism: the views from Beirut and Paris”


Finding context in the chaos of the Islamic State

November 14, 2015

By: Aaron Noonan Weiss, Michael D and Hassan Hassan, ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. New York: Regan Arts., 2015. Pages: 288. £10.99 (paperback). ISBN-10: 1941393578 In a defiant interview with The Sunday Telegraph in October 2011, just as the Syrian uprising was beginning to transition to civil war, President Bashar al-Assad declared: ‘Any problem … Continue reading “Finding context in the chaos of the Islamic State”


Ma’s legacy and Xi’s strategy: the way ahead for cross-strait relations

November 13, 2015

By: Lauren Dickey A meeting that was sixty-six years in the making began with a minute-long handshake and the cacophony of cameras on rapid-fire as Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou greeted the press from the rostrum at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore. The November 7th tête-à-tête was the first time the … Continue reading “Ma’s legacy and Xi’s strategy: the way ahead for cross-strait relations”


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