Security

The tax I pay should be for peace, not war

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I have the right not to kill during military conflict. Mark Rylance The Guardian So why am I forced to pay for others to do so on my behalf? A young man… The tax I… Read More »

Counter-terrorism Pitfalls: What the U.S. Fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid

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This report examines President Trump’s emerging counter-terrorism policies, the dilemmas his administration faces in battling ISIS and al-Qaeda across the Middle East and South Asia, and how… ICG Executive Summary In pledging to destroy the Islamic State (ISIS), U.S. President Donald J. Trump looks set… His administration’s determination… Counter-terrorism Pitfalls… Read More »

The Iraq War and its catastrophic consequences

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Sold to the public by Bush and Blair and their neocon allies in the media as a war that would make us safer, the illegal invasion of Iraq launched fourteen years ago this week did the exact opposite. Neil Clark RT Toast the ouster of a cigar-smoking Sound of Music-loving secular dictator if you like, but the world (and not just the Middle East) was undoubtedly a far less dangerous place on March 19, 2003, than it is today. A ... Read More »

The futility of secrets in the age of technology

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The latest CIA leak proves that state actors no longer get to decide who can be privy to information stamped ‘secret’. Andrew Mitrovica Al Jazeera News One of the jobs of so-called intelligence officers is to collect and carefully consider the facts and to offer sound, sober advice, devoid of hyperbole. This is the… The futility of… Read More »

Can social media, loud and inclusive, fix world politics?

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The Conversation Global’s new series, Politics in the Age of Social Media, examines how governments around the world rely on digital tools to exercise power. Rania Fakhoury The Conversation Privacy is no longer a social norm, said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2010, as social media took a leap to bring more private information into the public domain. But what does… Can social media… Read More »

Kim Jong-un hails ‘eventful significance’ of country’s new high-thrust rocket engine

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Kim Jong-un says ‘Whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today… Eric Talmadge Tokyo Independent North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong-un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country’s space program, the… Kim Jong-un hails… Read More »

Can Trump Refrain from Repeating His Predecessor’s Mistakes in Syria?

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The crisis in Syria isn’t a Republican or Democrat problem; it is a moral failing that places America on the wrong side of… Matthew RJ Brodsky The National Interest The spark that started it all was an errant… Six years ago, on March 6, 2011, Syrian state security forces arrested fifteen young boys for spray painting anti-regime graffiti on a… Can Trump Refrain… Read More »

While Michael Flynn Lobbied for Turkey, His Firm Told Congress to Extradite Turkish Dissident

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Months before he registered as a foreign agent, his company brought in House staffers to preview encrypted technology—then pushed them to send Turkey a wanted man living in the… Kimberly Dozier Lachlan Markay The Daily Beast The congressional staffers thought they were going to see a whiz-bang encrypted communications technology when they traveled to… While Michael Flynn… Read More »

To defeat terrorists we have to get inside their minds

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We must steer away from ill-informed rhetoric. Nicholas Searle The Guardian Knowing terrorists’ life stories can be key to countering their warped justification for taking up arms Our collective consciousness… To defeat terrorists… Read More »

NUCLEAR TURKEY? Imam close to Erdogan calls for weapons NOW amid tensions with EU

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TURKEY should ignore rules set by ‘the West’ and build its own NUCLEAR WEAPONS – an Imam close to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has advised – as the fallout between Brussels and Ankara… ZOIE O’BRIEN Express The worrying advice has been called weeks ahead of a Turkish referendum aimed at giving more power to President Erdogan – and… NUCLEAR TURKEY? Imam… Read More »

Syria May Be a No-Win Situation for U.S. Troops

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The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the Pentagon is recommending up to one thousand additional U.S. troops be sent to join the fight in Raqqa to help defeat the Islamic… Daniel L. Davis The National Interest Before one more American boot is sent to fight on the ground in… If the administration can’t do that, then the proposed deployment must… Syria May Be… Read More »

War Must Not Become the New Normal

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With the proliferation of conflicts, weakening international institutions, and rising nationalism, the world faces daunting times ahead. Jean-Marie Guéhenno International Crisis Group A new coalition of states must come together to promote our collective interest in peace and security. The pessimists were… War Must Not… Read More »

You Say You Want a Revolution?

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To paraphrase the Beatles: Well, you know, you’d better free your mind instead; you may want a revolution but ought to settle for some evolution. Thomas Donnelly AEI It is an article of revealed religion among defense elites that “we live in a relentlessly changing and fiercely competitive world.” Those words were… You Say You… Read More »

Russia’s violation of a nuclear treaty is a direct threat to Europe’s security

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Russia has been systematically undermining the security arrangements that peacefully ended the Cold War. Senator Ben Cardin The Guardian This puts Europe in danger Russia is once… Russia’s violation of… Read More »

How neo-nationalism went global

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For more than ten years, the world has been witnessing a sharp spike in nationalist tensions, coupled with flare-ups in xenophobia and nativism. Karoline Postel-Vinay The Conversation But it took Brexit and the election of Donald Trump to spark a real conversation about the global rise in neo-nationalism. Western European and… How neo-nationalism went… Read More »

Hizbollah’s Syria Conundrum

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Four years after plunging into Syria’s civil war, Hizbollah has achieved its core aim of preserving the Assad… ICG Yet with no clear exit strategy, the Lebanese “Party of God” faces ever greater costs unless it can lower the sectarian flames, open dialogue with non-jihadist rebel groups and help pave the way for a negotiated… Hizbollah’s Syria… Read More »