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November 9, 2017

A reborn quadrilateral to deter China

Recent news that Australia’s Foreign Minister has indicated interest in taking part in a resurrected US-Australia-Japan-India quadrilateral dialogue on the sidelines of the upcoming ASEAN Summit is to be welcomed. It is an indication how much the strategic situation in the …

Posted in China, Opinion Editorial
November 8, 2017

China’s dominance is growing for now – but in the long run, it’s a paper tiger

Donald Trump’s trade policy is making America’s allies vulnerable to Chinese pressure, but this doesn’t signal the end of American dominance
As Donald Trump continues his long tour around Asia, the question is whether the President will be able to articulate …

Posted in China, Opinion Editorial
November 3, 2017

How does Central Asia contribute to ISIS recruitment?

The New York truck attack that took place this week and left eight dead is another grim reminder of the danger Islamist terrorism poses for the Western countries. The 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, a ‘green card’ holder from Uzbekistan, has been …

Posted in CRT Editorial, ISIS, Opinion Editorial, Terrorism & Security
October 30, 2017

Don’t Give up on Moldova

By Dr. Andrew Foxall
Moldova—Europe’s poorest country—has struggled with the challenges of post-Soviet transition. This transition has become vastly more difficult as a result of the breakdown of Europe’s post-Cold War security order in 2014. It is now caught up in …

Posted in Europe, Opinion Editorial
October 26, 2017

No, Boris, the West didn’t lose Russia

By Andrew Foxall
The outlines of a new Russia policy have taken shape in the UK over recent years. The aim is to protect ourselves and our allies. The days when we thought we could influence developments inside Russia are long …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, RSC Spotlight, Russia
October 25, 2017

The Coalition Has Defeated the Caliphate and Ensured ISIS’s Survival

The Islamic State (IS) captured Raqqa city, its first provincial capital, in January 2014. Six months later, IS declared its caliphate and Raqqa became its de facto capital. Last Tuesday, the partner force of the US-led anti-IS Coalition, the “Syrian …

Posted in Opinion Editorial
October 19, 2017

The liberal West created China’s dominance – but it owes us no loyalty

By John Hemmings
Xi Jinping’s keynote speech – impressive for its three-hour running time – at Beijing’s Party Congress firmly established three things. First, Xi has accumulated the type of personal power last seen under Chairman Mao Zedong; second, that the …

Posted in China, Opinion Editorial
October 13, 2017

How the Islamic State recruits young men by kidnapping girls to be their sex slaves

By Nikita Malik
As we recognise this week’s International Day of the Girl, we must face the horrifying fact that men with a history of sexual violence and domestic abuse are attracted to organisations like the Islamic State of Iraq and …

Posted in ISIS, Opinion Editorial
October 12, 2017

End the sexual violence that bonds traffickers and terrorists

By Nikita Malik
Rape was first recognised as a crime against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 1993. It continues to be employed as a weapon of war. Yet while international legal mechanisms allow for …

Posted in News Coverage, Opinion Editorial, Terrorism & Security
October 11, 2017

Analysis: The specialist role Britain could play in a new Korean War

By John Hemmings and James Rogers
The news that British war planners are working possible scenarios for British involvement in a North Korean contingency is both disturbing and an indication of how serious the Ministry of Defence is taking this iteration of the North Korean …

Posted in Asia, Defence, News Coverage, North Korea, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
October 9, 2017

Russia Moves in as Relations Between Turkey and the West Deteriorate

This article was originally published in The International Business Times
Relations between Turkey and the United States hit a new low on Sunday 8 October. The U.S. State Department suspended “all non-immigrant visa services at all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey”.
The …

Posted in Opinion Editorial
October 6, 2017

The Coalition Isn’t Defeating the Islamic State—But It Is Empowering Iran

This article appeared in The Telegraph under the headline, “ISIL is not beaten—our devil’s bargain with Iran has ensured it will flourish for years to come”
The “defeat” of the Islamic State (ISIL), signified by its eviction from Mosul in July, …

Posted in Opinion Editorial

This Nobel Peace Prize is a joke – removing all nuclear weapons would destabilise the world

By Timothy Stafford.

In 2007, the Nobel committee awarded the Peace Prize to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The following year, it honoured Barack Obama – only recently installed as President – for pledging to make arms …

Posted in Global, News Coverage, Nuclear Weapons, Opinion Editorial

If Britain Is to Leave the EU, London Must Double-Down on NATO

By Dr John Hemmings and Jack Wright
In his first interview since being elected chairman of the NATO military committee, the UK’s Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach attempted to promote the centrality of the military alliance to European defense, stating the European …

Posted in Defence, Opinion Editorial, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
October 4, 2017

Extremist speakers are still visiting universities. Here is how we can challenge them

By Richard Black.

This week, tens of thousands of students will begin at university. Yet rather than the pleasure of university, the focus is once again on the dangers posed by the presence of radical speakers on British campuses. New steps are needed to …

Posted in Extremism, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
September 29, 2017

The next election shock could be Japan – a nation in despair whose rebels offer hope

By Dr John Hemmings.
The Prime Minister has called a sudden snap election. The timing is deliberately chosen to catch his opponents off-guard. His plans to take advantage of his high approval ratings, telling voters he can protect their country and …

Posted in Asia, Japan, Opinion Editorial
September 27, 2017

North Korea has been getting away with murder for decades. Here’s how

By Dr John Hemmings.
Fans of impending nuclear destruction will take heart from the latest twist in the escalating North Korean crisis. In response to a threat from the hermit kingdom to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, President …

Posted in Asia, North Korea, Opinion Editorial

The Trump Administration’s North Korea Strategy

By Dr John Hemmings.
Understanding the current iteration of the two-decade long North Korean crisis is not easy. It is, for what of a better word, complicated. Furthermore, the fact is that it has finally imploded while Donald  Trump is President. …

Posted in Asia, North Korea, Opinion Editorial
September 25, 2017

How to remake European defence after Brexit

Last week, the Department for Exiting the European Union published its latest paper on the future of British engagement with the EU’s foreign, security and defence policies and mechanisms. As a general introduction to British thinking on these issues – particularly the …

Posted in Global, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
September 20, 2017

Ignore the pessimists – Britain is still a major power and Brexit was the decision of a confident people

By James Rogers.
With a land area of less than 250,000 square kilometres, we frequently hear that Britain is a very small country, nothing more than a rainy little island located off the coast of north-western Europe. As Simon Kuper writes for The Financial …

Posted in Europe, Global, Media Centre, Opinion Editorial

Britain is Europe’s big hitter, and there is no reason its influence cannot grow after Brexit

By James Rogers.
Last night, Members of Parliament voted to bring to an end a four decade period in which European law has been supreme in the United Kingdom. In a few moments, the birthplace of modern parliamentary sovereignty re-established its fiat …

Posted in Europe, Global, Media Centre, Opinion Editorial
September 14, 2017

Russia Looks to Succeed Where the West Failed in Libya

Libya, which has been wracked by instability and violence since 2011, is re-emerging as a geopolitical hotspot. With opposing forces fighting for control of the war-torn country—the main two being the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan …

Posted in Opinion Editorial

Coalition Policy Risks Replacing the Islamic State with the Islamic Republic of Iran

By recent reports, one could easily come away with the impression that war and instability across the Fertile Crescent are winding down. Predictions about what comes next, always a risky enterprise in the Middle East, are at a point of …

Posted in Opinion Editorial
September 5, 2017

North Korea is winning because Kim Jong-Un is playing the United States off against China

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have built to levels last seen during the Cuban Missile Crisis – the height of the Cold War. While many have been quick to blame the quixotic policymaking of President Trump, what has brought us here is …

Posted in News Coverage, North Korea, Opinion Editorial | Tagged ,
August 21, 2017

Saudi’s Approach to Counter-Extremism: Can the Country Afford to Continue Neglect Women’s Rights?

By Najah Alotaibi
Two recent events have brought Saudi Arabia’s record on women’s rights into sharp relief. First, Saudi police arrested a young model for wearing an apparently “indecent” outfit while filming a shoot at a cultural site. Her crime? Failing to …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Opinion Editorial, Saudi Arabia
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