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Strife Feature – Small but Mighty: The critical importance of Singapore in contemporary geo-politics

January 31, 2017

By: Cheng Lai Ki The small city-state of Singapore is today known for its progressive economic development, diverse ethnic cohesiveness or national governance strategies. When it’s independence begun on 9th August 1965, Singapore was tiny and underdeveloped. Making matters worse, it possessed no natural resources, limited national sustainability and a highly diverse population of recent … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Small but Mighty: The critical importance of Singapore in contemporary geo-politics”


Post-Truthism: the Scourge of 2016

January 28, 2017

By: Anastasia Beck The year 2016 was most certainly memorable, from the first British astronaut – Major Tim Peake – and his ascent into space to the colourful Rio Olympics.  But the two events that overshadowed the many highlights of 2016 were the unexpected vote to leave the European Union by the British people and … Continue reading “Post-Truthism: the Scourge of 2016”


Strife Series on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Part V – A perpetual state of emergency: the case of France

January 27, 2017

By: Silvia Sclafani In times of crisis, governments often impose a state of emergency in which national security takes priority over individual rights originally safeguarded by the state. A state of emergency and the ensuing heightened security measures are intended to last for a short period, during which the government attempts to secure the state and … Continue reading “Strife Series on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Part V – A perpetual state of emergency: the case of France”


Strife Series on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Part IV – Balances, trade-offs and divisions of labour in the strategy of countering terrorism

January 25, 2017

By: Samir Puri Balance. It takes just one word to convey the strategic essence of a national effort against terrorism. Trade-offs are inherent in its implementation. Policy responses to terrorism rest on tough judgement calls. One such dilemma is that of potential intrusion into privacy in order to boost the reach of security agencies. This … Continue reading “Strife Series on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Part IV – Balances, trade-offs and divisions of labour in the strategy of countering terrorism”


Strife Series on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Part III – Silencing political dissent through counterterrorism measures in Bangladesh

January 23, 2017

By: Athul Menath Islamist violence has been increasing in Bangladesh since 2013 after secular and atheist bloggers or minorities including Hindus and Shiites have been targeted by Al-Qaeda on the Indian subcontinent (AQIS) and neo-JMB, another radical Islamist group with an ideological affinity towards the Islamic State (IS). While the consensus among security analysts is that the … Continue reading “Strife Series on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Part III – Silencing political dissent through counterterrorism measures in Bangladesh”


Trump and China: Chaos or Harmony?

January 20, 2017

By: Professor Kerry Brown In the brutal and divisive presidential election campaign in the US over 2016, if foreign policy figured in the words of the then candidate Donald Trump, it was largely in the context of seeing the outside world as a place which had benefited asymmetrically with the USA in the realm of … Continue reading “Trump and China: Chaos or Harmony?”


Strife Feature, Abstract – Small but Mighty: The critical importance of Singapore in contemporary geo-political, technological and international security landscape

By: Cheng Lai Ki; Full-Lieutenant (Reserve), Singapore Armed Forces Abstract: In Strife’s long-form feature piece for January, Cheng Lai Ki examines the importance of Singapore in the emerging geopolitical landscape. The ‘Little Red Dot’, the ‘Lion City’, the ‘Garden City’, the ‘Smart City’ – over the last 50 years, the small nation-state of Singapore has … Continue reading “Strife Feature, Abstract – Small but Mighty: The critical importance of Singapore in contemporary geo-political, technological and international security landscape”


Strife Series on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Part II – Divergent counterterrorism strategies in France and the UK

January 19, 2017

By: Felix Manig The UK Foreign Office currently rates 47 countries around the world as highly likely targets for Islamist terrorist attacks. While this threat spans over much of the Middle East and North Africa, it also extends to Western countries such as the United Kingdom and France. While the threat of terrorism in the … Continue reading “Strife Series on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Part II – Divergent counterterrorism strategies in France and the UK”


Strife Series on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Part I – Countering terror in a liberal democratic state: a case of norm contestation

January 16, 2017

By Lenoy Barkai Counterterrorism strategies around the world challenge human rights through breaches of privacy, arbitrary detention, dubious judicial procedures and in the worst cases – torture. What is it about terrorism that pushes the liberal state over the edge? And is its capitulation to the pressures of terror indicative that liberal ideas and internalised … Continue reading “Strife Series on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Part I – Countering terror in a liberal democratic state: a case of norm contestation”


Strife Series on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Introduction – Managing a delicate relationship

January 12, 2017

By: Felix Manig Countering and responding to the kind of terrorism which today plagues much of the Middle East, parts of Asia, and to a lesser extent Western states have become a massive undertaking and prime concern for policy-makers. The security of the individual is a basic human right which governments are entitled to protect; … Continue reading “Strife Series on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Introduction – Managing a delicate relationship”


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