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Beyond the peace deal: defending human rights in “post-conflict” Colombia

November 30, 2016

By: Felix Manig On November 24, the Colombian state and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a historic peace agreement in a display of political maturity and determination. Despite the initial ‘No’ vote and consequent rejection of a peace agreement by the public in October, the two sides quickly put forward the amended … Continue reading “Beyond the peace deal: defending human rights in “post-conflict” Colombia”


De-Funding the Enemy: Can Technology Help Prevent Military and Diplomatic Procurement Spending From Being Used Against Us?

November 25, 2016

By: James C Sinclair Can technology help to prevent military and diplomatic procurement spending from being used against us? Profli-gate That there is a degree of waste associated with large-scale government procurement projects is hardly news. Even during peacetime, there are few limits on the profligacy and incompetence of sovereign supply chain administration, such as … Continue reading “De-Funding the Enemy: Can Technology Help Prevent Military and Diplomatic Procurement Spending From Being Used Against Us?”


Strife Feature – Trudeau’s First Year: The Fundamental Shifts in Canadian Foreign Policy

November 24, 2016

By: Marc-Olivier Cantin ‘We’re back!’ It was with this unequivocal assertion that, in his inaugural speech, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reclaimed Canada’s seat at the international table, hinting at the fundamental foreign policy overhauls he intended to implement. Indeed, a year has passed since Trudeau settled in Ottawa and it appears that the lines of fracture … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Trudeau’s First Year: The Fundamental Shifts in Canadian Foreign Policy”


Frozen Conflicts: Areas of Limited Sovereignty and Their Future

By: Michail Kyriakos The idea of “frozen conflicts”, came in the spotlight after the end of Cold War and the subsequent interventions and secession movements from areas of USSR, such as Gagauzia, Nagorny Karabakh, South Ossetia and Transnistria [1] in the late 1990’s. Frozen conflicts, however,do not necessarily stay like that (inactive conflicts) but based … Continue reading “Frozen Conflicts: Areas of Limited Sovereignty and Their Future”


On Why General Mattis Should Decline

November 22, 2016

By: Jill R. Russell   I wrote the piece “With Rifle and Bilbliography” referenced yesterday in Tom Ricks’ Foreign Policy article on the merits of a possible selection of General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense. Reflecting on what led to that blog piece, my long observation of the man’s career, and thoughts on the … Continue reading “On Why General Mattis Should Decline”


Why ISIS is Winning the War of Words

By: Iona M Allan Looking at any western media outlet over the last few weeks and you could be forgiven for  making the assumption that the ‘war’ against ISIS may be approaching  an emphatic ending.[1] The Iraqi-led offensive on Mosul and the reclaiming of the so called ‘jewel’ of the Islamic state crown is being … Continue reading “Why ISIS is Winning the War of Words”


Cybersecurity in Practice (Part V): Securing the Digital Frontier

November 18, 2016

By: Cheng Lai Ki The digital-physical divide is shrinking, evident from the increased incorporation of cloud computing alongside an exponential increase in development of smart systems and products. With billions of people connected to the internet today, this globalized informatization can be represented as an ‘Internet-of-Things’ (IoT). IoT can be defined as the nexus of … Continue reading “Cybersecurity in Practice (Part V): Securing the Digital Frontier”


Fact or Fiction? ‘One Country, Two Systems’ in Hong Kong

November 16, 2016

By: Lauren Dickey China in the late 1970s saw a proliferation of democracy walls (民主牆) in a short period of liberation known as the ‘Beijing Spring.’ Beginning on a brick wall in Beijing, posters decrying political and social issues in China spread to other major cities. Today, democracy walls have been given new life on … Continue reading “Fact or Fiction? ‘One Country, Two Systems’ in Hong Kong”


Cybersecurity in Practice (Part IV): Realities and Importance of effective Cyber Crisis-Management infrastructures

November 14, 2016

By: Nicolas Castellon We are now witnessing the beginning of the digital age. In the last couple of years, we have witnessed a hyper-digitization of society as the number of users online has risen to nearly 3.5 billion from 1.2 billion just ten years ago. Beyond people having a presence online, our devices are also … Continue reading “Cybersecurity in Practice (Part IV): Realities and Importance of effective Cyber Crisis-Management infrastructures”


France: Aftershocks of Terror Attacks

By: Nicolas Seidman This past year has been an unequivocal security challenge to the French government. November 13th marks the one-year anniversary of the Paris attacks, which left 130 dead and 368 wounded, as well as the State of emergency, still currently in place. France has sustained three additional significant terrorist attacks since last November, … Continue reading “France: Aftershocks of Terror Attacks”


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