Terrorism
Stockholm: Terror’s Latest Target

Stockholm: Terror’s Latest Target

On Friday 7 April, Stockholm became the newest site in an ever increasing global pattern of terror. Just before 3pm local time, a stolen beer truck plowed into pedestrians on Drottninggatan (Queen Street), a busy shopping district in the heart of Stockholm, before crashing into a department store. The attack immediately claimed the lives of...
Egypt: State of Emergency Following Attacks on Coptic Churches

Egypt: State of Emergency Following Attacks on Coptic Churches

A three-month long state of emergency has been announced by the President of Egypt, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, following attacks by Islamic State (IS) on Coptic churches on Palm Sunday. 47 people have died and 100 people have been injured as a result of the bombings. Following the attacks, al-Sisi called the National Defence Council to...
Trump’s Syrian Airstrikes: The Alternate Reality of Obama’s ‘Red Line Crisis’

Trump’s Syrian Airstrikes: The Alternate Reality of Obama’s ‘Red Line Crisis’

The events of 4 April 2017 were largely unprecedented. Rarely, if ever, have two US presidents been faced with crises so similar that their responses can be thoroughly compared. It was on this day that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad allegedly employed chemical weapons in an attack that killed 80 people, 10 of which were children,...
Kushner: the Foreign Policy Puppeteer?

Kushner: the Foreign Policy Puppeteer?

It is clear there are discrete divisions in Trump’s cabinet with regards to who is able to influence the president. The positions with the most direct influence may be most clearly described as appointees without the need for congressional approval. These appointees have been placed in an inner circle, which allows them greater access to...
St Petersburg Bombing: Government Conspiracy or Islamist Terror?

St Petersburg Bombing: Government Conspiracy or Islamist Terror?

When a bomb ripped through a wagon on the St Petersburg metro at approximately 14.40 on 3 April, a war with terror that had almost predominantly been consigned to Western Europe was catalysed thousands of miles east into Russia’s cultural heartland. One homemade bomb was detonated forty metres underground on the tracks between the stations...
Hardball: Theresa May, Brexit, and Intelligence Cooperation

Hardball: Theresa May, Brexit, and Intelligence Cooperation

On 27 March, Sir Timothy Barrow, Britain’s Permanent Representative to the European Union (EU), delivered a hand-signed letter by Prime Minister Theresa May to European Council President Donald Tusk that invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union. This initiated Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, which will be completed by April 2019, barring...
Right-Wing Terrorism: The Biggest Threat

Right-Wing Terrorism: The Biggest Threat

Since Donald Trump entered office in January 2017 the rhetoric of terrorism has revolved around ‘radical Islamist terrorism.’ Indeed the president promised to ‘eradicate’ this type of violence ‘from the face of the earth.’ He has very much attempted to put this into practice, with his first initial travel ban against seven majority Muslim countries...
US Air Strikes and Civilian Casualties in the Battle for Mosul

US Air Strikes and Civilian Casualties in the Battle for Mosul

On 17 March 2017, an airstrike conducted in West Mosul by the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) appeared to have resulted in the death of over 200 civilians. A full investigation has been launched by the US military to ascertain the facts surrounding what appears to be their deadliest strike in three years. According...
How Britain’s Intelligence Forces Have Managed to Prevent 13 Terror Attacks in Recent Years

How Britain’s Intelligence Forces Have Managed to Prevent 13 Terror Attacks in Recent Years

9/11. 7/7. For most these dates require little explanation. They are forever synonymous with the horrific events they represent; events that sent shockwaves of horror around the globe. Both started off as ordinary working days, but as the attacks unfolded, hundreds and thousands of innocent people lost their lives due to the actions of radical...
A Losing Fight: What ISIS’s Decline means for the World

A Losing Fight: What ISIS’s Decline means for the World

With the complex web of influences that saturate the conflict in Iraq and Syria, it is easy to lose sight of a broader view. While ISIS’s advertisement and promotional innovation is frequently discussed, the astonishingly expansive swath of territory, people, and infrastructure ISIS held at the height of its power is often forgotten. Once having...
Hezbollah: The Next Major Security Threat

Hezbollah: The Next Major Security Threat

At a recent St Andrews-Georgetown Conference, entitled ‘What the Next Administration needs to know about Terrorism and Counterterrorism’ several academics made strong warnings about the threat emanating from Iran-backed Hezbollah and their growing influence in Iraq and Syria. In particular, Hanin Gaddar, editor of the Lebanon News Website, warned of the growing strength and consolidation...
Defensive versus Offensive Strategies against Cyber Attacks: What the United Nations Charter has to say

Defensive versus Offensive Strategies against Cyber Attacks: What the United Nations Charter has to say

‘The new [cyber security] strategy is built on three core pillars: defend, deter and develop, underpinned by £1.9 billion of transformational investment […],’ said British Chancellor of the Exchequer in a speech in October 2016. Since his speech, Britain has launched the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 to 2021 report, detailing how the British Government...