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Extremism, environment, and new security dynamics: Strife in conversation with RUSI Director, Dr. Karin von Hippel

June 2, 2016

Interviewed by: Harris Kuemmerle Harris Kuemmerle – Where do you see climate change fitting within the wider European security dynamic moving forward? Do you feel that European policy makers adequately appreciate the security risks of climate change? Or is it still seen as somewhat of a secondary security issue? Karin von Hippel – I think … Continue reading “Extremism, environment, and new security dynamics: Strife in conversation with RUSI Director, Dr. Karin von Hippel”


International Women’s Day: The impact of conflict on parity

March 8, 2016

Author’s note: Much of the reference to Yemen was drawn from the recent publication: “Rebuilding Yemen: Political, Economic and Social Challenges”[1] (2015).   By: Joana Cook Today marks the 2016 International Women’s Day, where the year’s theme “Pledge for Parity” promotes areas extending from helping women and girls achieve their ambitions, calling for gender-balanced leadership, … Continue reading “International Women’s Day: The impact of conflict on parity”


Wahaishi is gone, but AQAP will thrive in absence of political solution

June 16, 2015

By Joana Cook: News broke this morning of the death of Nassir al-Wahaishi, the second in command of al-Qaeda, and the leader of its strongest affiliate group, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula (AQAP). Wahaishi was reportedly killed in a drone strike, said to have taken place in the port city of Mukallah, Yemen. While this strike … Continue reading “Wahaishi is gone, but AQAP will thrive in absence of political solution”


Financing Terror, Part II: Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism

January 19, 2015

By Claire Mennessier: Taliban fighters demobilising in Afghanistan. Photo: Isafmedia (some rights reserved) For the last 25 years Pakistan has been involved in the sponsoring of terrorism on a national and international scale. As a result of its role in the development of terrorism in Afghanistan and Indian Kashmir, Pakistan is a good example of a … Continue reading “Financing Terror, Part II: Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism”


Financing Terror, Part I: Private Kuwaiti donors in Syria's Civil War

January 12, 2015

By Arne Holverscheid: What happened to President Bashar al-Assad? When Syria descended into civil war in 2011, he was the perfect enemy for the Western public: supported by his ally Iran, he preferred watching his people die and his country be torn apart than give in to demands for freedom, democracy and civil rights. The … Continue reading “Financing Terror, Part I: Private Kuwaiti donors in Syria's Civil War”


Financing Terror: A Strife 4-part series

January 7, 2015

By: Maya Ehrmann: Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Taliban are household names these days. Yet, in the climate of the ‘War on Terror’, how do organisations like these survive and even thrive? It takes more than just strong leadership and organizational skills to uphold the proper functioning of terrorist groups – it takes money. Terrorism … Continue reading “Financing Terror: A Strife 4-part series”


Why is everyone Hitler?

October 1, 2014

By Thomas Colley: Why do so many political leaders seem incapable of analogising undesirable behaviour to anyone other than Hitler and the Nazis? Conflict in Ukraine has seen the protagonists base their propaganda on demonising the other side as ‘Nazis’ and ‘fascists’. David Cameron recently compared the dilemmas of dealing with Putin with those of … Continue reading “Why is everyone Hitler?”


Obama offers some humility; this can be a good thing

May 29, 2014

By Zachary Wolfraim: President Obama sought to outline a vision for US foreign policy in his commencement speech to West Point graduates on 28 May and once more highlighted the role of American leadership in global affairs.  While he noted that the US was the ‘indispensible nation’, the new dangers to the international system were … Continue reading “Obama offers some humility; this can be a good thing”


Drones series, Part I: Pakistan's decade of drones (2004-2014)

April 8, 2014

By Zoha Waseem: ‘Things fall out of the sky’ In June 2004, the first drone strike in Pakistan targeted a man who had rejected peace agreements with the government, sworn allegiance to the Taliban, and vowed to continue his ‘jihad’ against the United States in Afghanistan. The Pakistani military initially claimed responsibility for Nek Mohammad’s … Continue reading “Drones series, Part I: Pakistan's decade of drones (2004-2014)”


Beyond the fog of Iraq’s power vacuum

March 7, 2014

By Charlotte Manson: Recent reports pouring out of Iraq paint a rather bleak picture. With unprecedented levels of countrywide violence in 2013, almost 7,818 civilians and 1,050 members of the security forces were killed in violent attacks. Iraqis face daily upheaval as unpredictable disorder infringes on their daily freedom of movement and sense of security. … Continue reading “Beyond the fog of Iraq’s power vacuum”


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