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...
Microcosm of a Continent in Crisis – Saarland Landtag Elections

Microcosm of a Continent in Crisis – Saarland Landtag Elections

The art of predicting elections is a difficult one. Many pollsters in the west have received abuse in the past few years for hugely incorrect predictions regarding major elections: most notably the UK 2015 general election, the Brexit referendum last summer and the recent US presidential vote. In the wake...
Berkeley, Middlebury, Glasgow, and the Death of Free Speech at University

Berkeley, Middlebury, Glasgow, and the Death of Free Speech at University

It seems safe to say that just about the entire western world is sick and tired of hearing about Milo Yiannopoulos. The alt-right provocateur has been making waves for years with his controversial opinions, mean-spirited remarks, and brazen endorsement of practices such as pederasty. The Left hates him, and the...
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Putin’s Impunity and Women’s Pain

Putin’s Impunity and Women’s Pain

While women’s marches across the world in the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration captured global headlines, another important news story flew under the radar. On 7 February, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed into law a measure that decriminalises certain forms of domestic abuse. The move was met with widespread condemnation from the international community, but...
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...
Britain’s Aging Population

Britain’s Aging Population

In many countries around the world, the advent of modern medicine and lower fertility rates has led to an increase in life expectancy. This increase in life expectancy seems like a one-sided positive outcome of modernity, but longer life expectancy in many countries has been coupled by a dropping birth rate, leading to an unsustainable...
Closing the Gender Gap in UN Peacekeeping

Closing the Gender Gap in UN Peacekeeping

As of December 2016, over 118, 000 military, police and civil personnel are working as United Nations Peacekeepers on 16 operations worldwide. Women make up only 3 per cent of the military peacekeeping workforce and 10 per cent of the police workforce. These statistics are a significant improvement from those published in 1993, when women...
India’s biggest state, and its 220 million residents, go to vote

India’s biggest state, and its 220 million residents, go to vote

Between February and March, voters in five states (Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa) in India will cast their ballots in an election that has serious national implications. Headlining the five states is Uttar Pradesh (UP), which is home to approximately 220 million Indians, which alone would make it the world’s fifth most populated...
Will France Follow America? A Review of the French Presidential Election

Will France Follow America? A Review of the French Presidential Election

After the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump, all eyes are on the upcoming French presidential election. The top four candidates are Marine Le Pen of the Front National (FN), Benoit Hamon of Partie Socialiste (PS), François Fillon of Les Républicans, and Emmanuel Marcon of En Marche! (EM). These four candidates, along with...
Forget Lightbulbs: Why States’ Self Interest is the key to fighting Climate Change

Forget Lightbulbs: Why States’ Self Interest is the key to fighting Climate Change

An interesting article appeared in a recent edition of The Daily Mail (9 February). A criticism of Barack Obama’s post-presidency trip to the British Virgin Islands with Richard Branson, it included this note on global warming: ‘And on the question of his much-vaunted concern with climate change, how did Obama travel to Necker Island…Private jet,...
Obama’s America and the Islamic World

Obama’s America and the Islamic World

When Barack Obama assumed the office of President of the United States eight years ago, he symbolised a new hope for many members of the Arab world and beyond. He was starkly different than any previous US president. He was black, had Islamic roots through his father, and ultimately represented a new pathway for relations...
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...
Trump’s Twitter Diplomacy and American Soft Power

Trump’s Twitter Diplomacy and American Soft Power

Trump’s ascension to the presidency has raised many questions about his impact on the United States, both domestically and concerning the country’s international standing. A great deal of mystery surrounds the new president of this incredibly powerful state, and the world waits to see what his leadership will mean. In the field of International Relations,...
A pressing global issue: The uncertain future of climate change

A pressing global issue: The uncertain future of climate change

Of the many claims that Donald Trump made in his bid for the presidency, one of the most memorable was his dismissal of climate change. Whereas Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton listed ‘protecting animals and wildlife’ and ‘climate change’ as two major topics on her campaign website, Trump’s did not mention safeguarding the environment. On the...
The Selfie Seen Round the World: Social Media and its Pervasive Role in Politics

The Selfie Seen Round the World: Social Media and its Pervasive Role in Politics

Syrian refugee Anas Modamani—who posed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a 2015 photograph that went viral— has recently filed for an injunction that would obligate Facebook to remove any content connecting him to terrorism. His doing so raises interesting questions about the role of technology in politics and the responsibility of the media. The...