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Conflict, Competition and Legitimacy: Holding on to the Memory of Aung San

August 15, 2019

by Anna Plunkett 16 August 2019   General Aung San is venerated throughout Burma as the father of the nation. He is remembered as a strong leader and switched on politician, remembered as a man of honour and loyalty that has awarded him the local title of Bogyoke. He was the leader of the Thirty … Continue reading “Conflict, Competition and Legitimacy: Holding on to the Memory of Aung San”


A Question of Leadership: Lessons from the UN’s Actions in Myanmar

August 12, 2019

by Gerrit Kurtz 13 August 2019   The UN’s inquiry into its own actions in Myanmar since 2012 draws significant parallels with a similar exercise that focused on the UN’s role during the end of the war in Sri Lanka. Once again, the UN found itself in a situation where a government was committing atrocities, … Continue reading “A Question of Leadership: Lessons from the UN’s Actions in Myanmar”


The Funding of Terrorism (Part IV) – A Trust Deficit is Undermining the Investigation of Terrorist Financing across MENA

August 9, 2019

by Jack Watling 10 August 2019   The Kingdom of Bahrain sentenced 139 people to prison in April 2019, alleging they were part of a terrorist cell, which the authorities refer to as ‘Bahraini Hezbollah’. The charges in the mass trial ranged from plotting to conduct attacks and the smuggling of arms, to terrorist financing. … Continue reading “The Funding of Terrorism (Part IV) – A Trust Deficit is Undermining the Investigation of Terrorist Financing across MENA”


The Funding of Terrorism (Part III) – America Needs a New Economic Patriot Act

August 6, 2019

by Michael Greenwald 8 August 2019   Since 9/11, Washington has deployed a powerful weapon to halt the financing of terrorism: Section 311 of the Patriot Act. By shutting down the ability of banks to facilitate cross-border payments, Section 311 has revolutionised the field of anti-money laundering while helping the U.S. implement aggressive and effective sanctions against Iran and North … Continue reading “The Funding of Terrorism (Part III) – America Needs a New Economic Patriot Act”


The Funding of Terrorism (Part II) – Terrorist Financing Hidden among Commercial Ties: Venezuela, Iran and Hezbollah

August 5, 2019

by Vanessa Neumann 6 August 2019   Venezuela, my country, is dying. Money has become worthless and we now face the biggest humanitarian disaster ever seen in the Western Hemisphere as the exodus will surpass Syria’s in 2020. The country is projected to lose a third of its population. One in three, and that number … Continue reading “The Funding of Terrorism (Part II) – Terrorist Financing Hidden among Commercial Ties: Venezuela, Iran and Hezbollah”


The Funding of Terrorism (Part I) – Hookahs and Honey: Funding Terrorism through ‘Benign’ Activities

August 3, 2019

by Ian Ralby 4 August 2019   Terrorism catches people’s attention, charcoal does not. It is a certitude much like the fact that a bomb blowing up a building will make international news and a fishing boat laden with jerry cans of diesel will not. Over the last decade, terrorist groups have increasingly sought to … Continue reading “The Funding of Terrorism (Part I) – Hookahs and Honey: Funding Terrorism through ‘Benign’ Activities”


Strife Series on The Funding of Terrorism – Introduction

July 31, 2019

by Alexandra Roberts 1 August 2019   Editorial We have all seen the outcome of violent acts of terrorism . The attacks of 11 September 2001 were among the largest coordinated assaults that had ever been carried out. In the near two decades that have since passed, there has been a sustained multi-national effort to … Continue reading “Strife Series on The Funding of Terrorism – Introduction”


Donald Trump: A Unique Figure in the History of U.S. Foreign Policy?

by Nicole Brodie 31 July 2019 “Our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect.” This quote, from the 2016 Republican National Convention, … Continue reading “Donald Trump: A Unique Figure in the History of U.S. Foreign Policy?”


Tactical Instability on the South China Sea and Sino-American Decoupling

October 30, 2018

By Axel Dessein 30 October 2018 In late September 2018, a Chinese Luyang-class destroyer nearly collided with the American destroyer U.S.S. Decatur during a Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea. These operations are essentially aimed at signalling a commitment to keeping the sea lanes open, the near-collision demonstrates that such commitments … Continue reading “Tactical Instability on the South China Sea and Sino-American Decoupling”


Strife Review – Khaled Hosseini, Sea Prayer: Refugees, Storytelling and the importance of Human Dignity

October 3, 2018

By Anna Plunkett   “I have heard it said that we are the uninvited. We are the unwelcome. We should take our misfortune elsewhere. But I hear your mother’s voice, Over the tide, And she whispers in my ear, ‘Oh, but if they saw, my darling. Even half of what you have. If only they … Continue reading “Strife Review – Khaled Hosseini, Sea Prayer: Refugees, Storytelling and the importance of Human Dignity”


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