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Khat Chewing Mediterranean Migration Reveals Flaws in Dublin Convention Russia and the West: How the Empathy Was Lost China’s Expanding African Military Footprint Focus on Greece Ignores Need for German Economic Reform Where is Portugal’s Radical Left? Corruption and Conflicts of Interest in Mexico Wahhabis and Saudis: A Marriage of Politics and Piety Interesting Developments in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Abbott’s Princely Blunder Puts Monarchy in a Fix Nigeria Now Colombia’s Rebel Reintegration Quagmire
 

Khat Chewing – Benign Practice or Social Peril?

A stimulant native to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, Khat is a narcotic leaf that induces mild euphoria upon chewing – an extremely popular custom in Somalia, Yemen, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia. Lucrative business More than 25,000kg of khat is sold each day in Ethiopia’s Adaway Market and is a vital source of […]

Mediterranean Migration Reveals Flaws in Dublin Convention

John Donne famously reminded us that ‘no man is an island’. Likewise in today’s polycentric, ever-globalized, and interconnected world, no state can remain untouched by social, economic, or political influences from neighbouring states. As terrible as Islamic State has been for people living in Syria, Iraq and Libya, its effects on Europe are also increasingly being felt. […]

Russia and the West: How the Empathy Was Lost

Last year I criticized some of the hawk-like voices, including that of David Brooks of the NYT, which were calling for Barack Obama to increase the fear factor in dealing with Vladimir Putin over Ukraine. I should point out that I am decidedly not a fan of Putin, whose actions in Crimea and Ukraine have been reprehensible. However, we need […]

China’s Expanding African Military Footprint

Sun Tzu, in his seminal book The Art of War, argued that all warfare is fundamentally based on deception. “When able to attack, we must seem unable; When using our forces, we must seem inactive; When we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; When far away, we must make […]

Focus on Greece Ignores Need for German Economic Reform

With Greek debt negotiations reaching a critical point, it may be time for a reminder that there are more problems within the eurozone than just southern European debt. Austerity rightly remains firmly in the headlines, but looking beyond the struggles in Athens reveals that economic changes may be needed further north. Indeed, while the new […]

Where is Portugal’s Radical Left?

It has been a tumultuous month in European politics. As Greek debt negotiations dominate the headlines, the resurgent left-wing in many European countries waits with baited breath in the realisation that the popularity of their movements may rest on what happens in Athens. It is interesting, however, that while the radical left has enjoyed a […]

Corruption and Conflicts of Interest in Mexico

Since Enrique Peña Nieto became President of Mexico in 2012, the government has tried to change the narrative of a narco-stained nation existing under the siege of organised crime. During his first two years in office, an ambitious package of reforms in education, telecommunications and the energy sectors, to mention just a few, was sent to the Congress. After some successful […]

Wahhabis and Saudis: A Marriage of Politics and Piety

Much speculation has surrounded the policies of the new Saudi Arabian ruler, King Salman, particularly with respect to the powerful religious establishment: the Wahhabi clerics. What exactly is the nature of Saudi-Wahhabi relations in the sandy kingdom? Are Wahhabis a problem worth worrying about? Time and again we see that throughout history humans rely upon celestial bodies to […]

Interesting Developments in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

There is a convenient falsehood every time a ceasefire agreement occurs and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict temporarily vanishes from the media. It is the assumption that the conflict has come to a halt and a diplomatic solution brokered by the United States is soon to follow. The truth is that the conflict does not stop, because the status […]

Abbott’s Princely Blunder Puts Monarchy in a Fix

It seems Tony Abbott cannot help but put himself in awkward positions. It has in a way been the story of his political career. From political blunders to public gaffes he is impressively error prone. But in the case of Prince Philip’s knighthood, does he deserve it? Or has the Australian mainstream media with its strong republican and often populist […]

Nigeria Now

  ‘173 million Nigerians and 68 million voting’ These figures may come as a surprise to some. Whilst it is true that this election cannot compare to the one in India last year, it is still much larger than most realize. The Nigerian electorate is larger than the entire French population. Unfortunately, Nigeria’s reputation precedes it. Despite officially […]

Colombia’s Rebel Reintegration Quagmire

Colombia has endured more than five decades of civil discord. Peace negotiations between FARC representatives and the Colombian State have, though, been ongoing since 2012 as the country attempts to realise a future of security and peace. Yet it is the massive human toll that is perhaps the most potent issue to arise from this […]

Khat Chewing – Benign Practice or Social Peril?

by Itziar Aguirre, 22 February 2015

A stimulant native to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, Khat is a narcotic leaf that induces mild euphoria upon chewing – an extremely popular custom in Somalia, Yemen, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia. Lucrative business More than 25,000kg of khat is sold each day in Ethiopia’s Adaway Market and is a vital source of […]

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Posted in Africa, Drugs, Economic Security, Food Security, Security Issues, World, Yemen0 Comments

Mediterranean Migration Reveals Flaws in Dublin Convention

by Robert Sellar, 21 February 2015

John Donne famously reminded us that ‘no man is an island’. Likewise in today’s polycentric, ever-globalized, and interconnected world, no state can remain untouched by social, economic, or political influences from neighbouring states. As terrible as Islamic State has been for people living in Syria, Iraq and Libya, its effects on Europe are also increasingly being felt. […]

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Posted in Africa, Conflict, Economic Security, Europe, Germany, Humanitarian Intervention, Iraq, Islam, Middle East, Refugees, Security Issues, Syria, Terrorism, UN, World0 Comments

Russia and the West: How the Empathy Was Lost

by David Miles, 20 February 2015

Last year I criticized some of the hawk-like voices, including that of David Brooks of the NYT, which were calling for Barack Obama to increase the fear factor in dealing with Vladimir Putin over Ukraine. I should point out that I am decidedly not a fan of Putin, whose actions in Crimea and Ukraine have been reprehensible. However, we need […]

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Posted in Conflict, Europe, Russia, Security Issues, Ukraine Conflict, Uncategorized, US, World0 Comments

China’s Expanding African Military Footprint

by Tom Wirth, 17 February 2015

Sun Tzu, in his seminal book The Art of War, argued that all warfare is fundamentally based on deception. “When able to attack, we must seem unable; When using our forces, we must seem inactive; When we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; When far away, we must make […]

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Posted in Africa, Asia, China, Economic Security, Global Economy, Security Issues, World0 Comments

Focus on Greece Ignores Need for German Economic Reform

by Andrew Tasker, 16 February 2015

With Greek debt negotiations reaching a critical point, it may be time for a reminder that there are more problems within the eurozone than just southern European debt. Austerity rightly remains firmly in the headlines, but looking beyond the struggles in Athens reveals that economic changes may be needed further north. Indeed, while the new […]

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Posted in Economic Security, Economics, Europe, Germany, Global Economy, World0 Comments

Corruption and Conflicts of Interest in Mexico

by Arturo Mendoza, 10 February 2015

Since Enrique Peña Nieto became President of Mexico in 2012, the government has tried to change the narrative of a narco-stained nation existing under the siege of organised crime. During his first two years in office, an ambitious package of reforms in education, telecommunications and the energy sectors, to mention just a few, was sent to the Congress. After some successful […]

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Posted in Mexico, World0 Comments

Interesting Developments in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

by Robert Souza, 06 February 2015

There is a convenient falsehood every time a ceasefire agreement occurs and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict temporarily vanishes from the media. It is the assumption that the conflict has come to a halt and a diplomatic solution brokered by the United States is soon to follow. The truth is that the conflict does not stop, because the status […]

Read the full story

Posted in Conflict, Middle East, Security Issues, World0 Comments

Where is Portugal’s Radical Left?

by Andrew Tasker, 11 February 2015

It has been a tumultuous month in European politics. As Greek debt negotiations dominate the headlines, the resurgent left-wing in many European countries waits with baited breath in the realisation that the popularity of their movements may rest on what happens in Athens. It is interesting, however, that while the radical left has enjoyed a […]

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Posted in Economics, Europe, Global Economy, World0 Comments

Wahhabis and Saudis: A Marriage of Politics and Piety

by Siamak Nooraei, 08 February 2015

Much speculation has surrounded the policies of the new Saudi Arabian ruler, King Salman, particularly with respect to the powerful religious establishment: the Wahhabi clerics. What exactly is the nature of Saudi-Wahhabi relations in the sandy kingdom? Are Wahhabis a problem worth worrying about? Time and again we see that throughout history humans rely upon celestial bodies to […]

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Posted in Conflict, Islam, Middle East, Religion, Security Issues, Terrorism, World2 Comments

In Defence of Our Procrasti-nation

by Ben Greenhalgh, 07 February 2015

Procrastination report just goes to show how we view people as machines. Monday marked the launch of the ‘Great British Procrasti-nation’ report: the first ever in-depth look at the nation’s procrastination habits. I admit I admired the playful pun for a while. It didn’t last long. Based on a YouGov survey of over 2,000 adults, […]

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Posted in Economics, Europe, UK News0 Comments

Abbott’s Princely Blunder Puts Monarchy in a Fix

by Jake Elson, 06 February 2015

It seems Tony Abbott cannot help but put himself in awkward positions. It has in a way been the story of his political career. From political blunders to public gaffes he is impressively error prone. But in the case of Prince Philip’s knighthood, does he deserve it? Or has the Australian mainstream media with its strong republican and often populist […]

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Posted in Australia, World0 Comments

Nigeria Now

by Maxime Seguin, 04 February 2015

  ‘173 million Nigerians and 68 million voting’ These figures may come as a surprise to some. Whilst it is true that this election cannot compare to the one in India last year, it is still much larger than most realize. The Nigerian electorate is larger than the entire French population. Unfortunately, Nigeria’s reputation precedes it. Despite officially […]

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Posted in Africa, Islam, Security Issues, World0 Comments

Colombia’s Rebel Reintegration Quagmire

by A. Khan, 01 February 2015

Colombia has endured more than five decades of civil discord. Peace negotiations between FARC representatives and the Colombian State have, though, been ongoing since 2012 as the country attempts to realise a future of security and peace. Yet it is the massive human toll that is perhaps the most potent issue to arise from this […]

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Posted in Conflict, Drugs, Security Issues, World0 Comments

Responsibility To Protect at Ten

by Luke Charters-Reid, 27 January 2015

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine was agreed by UN member states in the 2005 World Outcome document. As we near the tenth anniversary of its adoption, how successful has it been? R2P replaces humanitarian intervention as a way in which the UN has justified state intervention. Implementation of R2P has come in 3 forms: i) […]

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Posted in Conflict, Humanitarian Intervention, Iraq, Middle East, Security Issues, UN, World1 Comment

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