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The next war: ISIS plus expertise

  President Trump has declared that ISIS has been defeated and victory is at hand. Haider al-Abadi's government in Baghdad has even held a victory parade. Such hubris may be questioned by referring to recent history. Similar claims were made when Thursday, December 28th, 2017

How lawyers fail migrants in the UK

  I strain to understand what Amir* is saying; his English is broken and the phone signal in Brook House immigration removal centre is notoriously bad. “I have a ticket for Friday” he says. It’s Monday. I’m not sure what to Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Beyond ‘raid and rescue’: time to acknowledge the damage being done

  Raid and rescue operations are widely portrayed as heroic efforts to save the innocent from the evil. But, as this BTS series makes clear, the reality is not so clear-cut.   Abolitionists at Work   The police shout. They storm into an upscale house Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The easy bits first

  Foreign Ministers of Asian and European countries have agreed on the broad points of the Rohingya issue, and asked for the immediate cessation of hostilities, halting the outflow of Rohingya from Rakhine State, and early return of the displaced population Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Egypt’s faltering counter-insurgency strategy

  In a devastating blow to Egypt’s counter insurgency efforts, 54 members of the security forces were reported killed during a security operation in the Farafra Oasis on 21 October. This oasis located a mere 135 km south-west of Cairo.   The exact Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Things that go bump in the night in Riyadh

  It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that Hariri’s resignation, the Saudi purge, and the Houthi missile fired at Riyadh are interconnected.   Saturday night was a busy one for Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The kingdom’s 32-year old heir Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The Prince: On how many fronts can Mohammed bin Salman act simultaneously?

  If Machiavelli were alive today, he might have modeled his political treatise ‘The Prince’ on Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (MBS). Events on the first Saturday of November show that the young heir apparent is confident enough to move Thursday, November 9th, 2017

After Raqqa: what will it take to get to peace in Syria?

  Expelled from Raqqa – or what remains of it - ISIS may be on the way to defeat. Yet with the conditions that gave rise to it still largely in place, the threat could merely recede to emerge in new Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Global politics at a crossroads

  Many states today claim they are democratic, yet the history of their political institutions and processes reveals the fragility and vulnerability of many democratic arrangements. The history of twentieth century Europe alone makes clear that democracy is a remarkably difficult Thursday, October 26th, 2017

No heir anointed as Xi reveals top leadership

  China has revealed its new senior leadership committee, breaking with tradition by not including a clear successor to President Xi Jinping. The omission cements Mr Xi’s grip on China for the next five years and possibly beyond, a day after Thursday, October 26th, 2017
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