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Opinion Editorials
April 23, 2018
Asia

The New Great Game in the Indo-Pacific

John Hemmings
This past March saw a mini-crisis develop in the Indian Ocean and it all revolved around the tiny island nation of Maldives. The crisis began in earnest after Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom declared a state of emergency after rejecting a Supreme ...
April 19, 2018
North Korea

Can Donald Trump do a deal with Kim Jong-un without selling out a key regional ally?

John Hemmings
The outlines of a Trump Doctrine are beginning to emerge. It is mercurial, flexible, and tactically volatile, but to paraphrase Polonius there is method to the madness. The question is: can Trump give Kim Jong-un what he needs to make the ...
March 29, 2018
North Korea

Against all odds, is Trump about to solve the North Korea nuclear crisis?

John Hemmings
The arrival in Beijing of a long, armoured North Korean train was as mysterious as it was sudden. Who could it be? Kim Jong-un hadn’t publicly left his country since he became leader in 2011, fearful perhaps of a military ...
March 13, 2018
United States

The end of Rex Tillerson’s miserable tenure as secretary of state is good news for Trumpian diplomacy

Timothy Stafford
Reflecting on his time as Secretary of State, James Baker once remarked that “you cannot be successful unless you have a president who will support you, protect you, and defend you, both internationally and domestically”. Rex Tillerson never obtained that level of ...
March 13, 2018
Russia

How Russia Today divided Westminster

Dr. Andrew Foxall
For a television channel whose weekly reach is less than that of ITVBe +1, the profile of RT (formerly Russia Today) in the UK is conspicuously high. The £310,000 it spent on an advertising campaign on London’s transport network – posters ...
March 12, 2018
North Korea

There is a slim but real chance of peace in Korea – as long as the US doesn’t concede too much

John Hemmings
Happy day: the news that President Trump has agreed to a summit with North Korea’s Kim Jung-un sometime in May at last raises the possibility of de-escalating the long-simmering crisis. But before we start cracking out the bubbly and nominating for ...
March 9, 2018
Saudi Arabia

Crown prince’s approach to women’s rights is eye-catching and long overdue

Najah Alotaibi
In the end, it was the battle of the billboards. Campaign posters both positive and negative displayed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sporting a smile. To be honest, both sides’ views struck me as equally questionable. But if the avowedly modern personality ...
March 9, 2018
China

The myth of Chinese containment

John Hemmings
The great debate on the meaning of China’s rise is coming to a close. Where academics once argued over whether the Asian power would be a status quo or systemic challenger, there is growing consensus that China intends to reshape ...
March 9, 2018
Russia

How should Britain respond to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal?

Dr. Andrew Foxall
It seems to have happened again. While Downing Street has stressed that this is still an ongoing investigation, it’s increasingly clear that the government believes a former Russian spy living in the UK has been poisoned in a Russian state-sponsored ...
March 6, 2018
United States

Netanyahu reaps the benefits of treating Trump with respect, rather than contempt

Alan Mendoza
Not many world leaders can claim to be on friendly personal terms with Donald Trump. There are fewer still who would regard a visit to this particular president’s White House as a crowning achievement, and one which would increase their ...
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April 8, 2018

Terror in The Dark: How Terrorists use Encryption, the Darknet and Cryptocurrencies

Henry Jackson Society
Terrorists and extremists are increasingly moving their activities online – and areas of the web have become a safe haven for Islamic State to plot its next attacks, according to a report published today by the Henry Jackson Society. Terror in ...
March 19, 2018

Profiting From Prejudice: How Mend’s ‘IAM’ Campaign Legitimised Extremism

Henry Jackson Society
An initiative branded as a campaign to fight Islamophobia in fact provided a platform for extremism across the public and charity sectors, according to a new report from the Henry Jackson Society. The report says that Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) ...
March 7, 2018

Prison Management of Terrorism-Related Offenders: Is Separation Effective?

Henry Jackson Society
Separating Islamist extremists from the rest of the prison population is the only viable solution to prevent the spread of radicalisation to other prisoners – and to ensure meaningful rehabilitation, according to a new report from The Henry Jackson Society. Prison ...
February 25, 2018

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: How Islamist Extremists Exploit the UK Charitable Sector

Henry Jackson Society
The British taxpayer has handed over more than £6 million to charities that are currently, or have been in the past, used by extremists to further their radical agenda, according to a new report from the Henry Jackson Society. The report’s ...
February 19, 2018

The Strange Investigation of a Strange Terrorist Attack

Henry Jackson Society
The investigation of the April 2017 terrorist attack in the Petersburg subway continues. We have assembled thirteen facts that provoke questions and leave us bewildered. Last year witnessed two major terrorist attacks in Russia’s so-called second capital: in the subway in ...