Within the dimensions of international power and security, there appears a clear narrative of European loss if Britain were to leave the EU. Indeed, a…View More For Want of Greater Security and International Power: Vote to Remain within the European Union
Abdirahman Ahmed, petrified, leapt for cover in his hotel as violence erupted in the adjacent street. ‘The blast was so huge and windows [were] broken…View More Islamism in Somalia: the Historical Context of Al-Shabaab
Just as the term of US ambassador James Cunningham was coming to a close in Afghanistan, ISIS announced the start of theirs. In the summer…View More The Battle for Afghanistan: a New Contender?
The capital of Bahrain hosted the International Institute of Strategic Studies’ (IISS) annual forum to discuss the most prominent security issues threatening the Middle Eastern…View More The Manama Dialogue 2015: Security in the Middle East
“Celebrate the choice of representatives and make the right choice!” announced former army chief and now President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. “Plant with your…View More Egypt’s Opposition-Free Democracy
On the 13th May, David Cameron pledged to up the fight against radicalisation in the UK. His proposed measures, which had been blocked by the…View More Extremism in the UK: PREVENT or Promote?
Not a single ruling monarchy fell during the 2011 Arab Awakening. Qatar and the UAE faced minimal opposition. Tensions in Oman and Saudi Arabia were…View More Survival of the Fortunate? The Enduring Arab Monarchies
Originating from Musa Sadr’s Shi’a Amal Movement during the Lebanese Civil War, Hezbollah – ‘God’s Party’ literally; the ‘National Resistance’ in Lebanese colloquial – has…View More Hezbollah’s Media Machine
Fawaz Gerges, a prominent Middle Eastern scholar, notes that there exists a ‘terrorism narrative’ in the West. Amongst government officials and the wider public, the…View More ‘The Base with No Foundation’
In a widely shared video published by ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham [Greater Syria]), a Chilean Islamist militant declares – whilst walking…View More A Borderline Question: ‘The End of Sykes-Picot?’
To simply brand the fundamentalist Islamic militia dispersed across Afghanistan and Pakistan as ‘Taliban’ – meaning ‘students’ in Pashto – is both inadequate and misleading.…View More Two Heads, Same Body?
Outer space has long provided a playground for the imaginations of media whizzes. Gene Roddenberry’s creation, Star Trek, now designates a multi-billion dollar media franchise.…View More Space – the Final Frontier for International Relations