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HRH The Queen meets deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at private audience in Hillsborough Castle this evening.
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Martin McGuinness and the Not so Uncommon Transition from Terrorist to Statesman

With the death of Martin McGuinness, the former Provisional IRA senior commander  turned peace-maker and Deputy First Minister, one is struck that such a transition was simultaneously, impressive and outrageous. I had the opportunity of meeting McGuinness last January when I interviewed him. I was struck by his warmth and generosity in taking time out […]

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Posted in Conflict, Europe, Security Issues, Terrorism, UK News, World

'Small footprint, high payoff': US Marine team trains Ugandan forces to face al-Shabaab

Kony 2016: Ugandan Pullout a Big Win for LRA

In 2012 a 30 minute documentary about a rebel leader in Uganda set the internet alight. KONY 2012 brought to the public view the gruesome activities of Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and his kidnapping of young children. While the campaign itself was short lived, the Bush and later Obama administrations had already pledged […]

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Posted in Africa, Conflict, UN, World

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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 […]

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Posted in Conflict, Drugs, Security Issues, World

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Sixty-Five Years After Hiroshima

The futility and danger of nuclear weapons in the post-9/11 world is indisputable The 2003 Oscar-Winning documentary The Fog of War, containing Robert McNamara’s post-Vietnam mea culpa, also highlighted one of the former US Defence Secretary’s greatest concerns – nuclear weapons. “The indefinite combination of human fallibility and nuclear weapons will destroy nations,” McNamara maintained. […]

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Posted in Russia, Security Issues, US, World


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