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Sikkim and the Silk Road: Is China making a move on India?

The Belt and Road initiative continues to cause tension between India and China, as China builds closer ties with India’s neighbours on all sides.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Food security: The Gulf Cooperation Council states in dire straits

Heavily reliant on food imports via maritime shipping, the Gulf States are facing an increasing risk: chokepoint risk.

Politics Security

Trump’s retreat from American leadership

President Trump has broken a longstanding American commitment to global leadership by withdrawing from key international agreements.

Middle East/North Africa Security

The battle for Mosul presents challenges and advantages for both militants and Iraqi forces

All systems are go on the “we are coming Nineveh” operations as further gains are made by Iraqi forces in western Mosul. The continuous pressure and bombardment that Iraqi forces

Asia Pacific Security

New Indonesian counter-terrorism measures deserve scrutiny

New measures to combat extremism have been tabled in Indonesia. Although at first glance they seem logical given the growing regional militant threat – particularly from the ongoing armed conflict

Asia Pacific Security

From wannabes to warriors: the Maute group were underestimated

The Maute group have grown into a sophisticated transnational network of militants, posing a serious security threat for the Philippines and broader region.

Europe Security

Understanding the future of the European defence industry

The June 2017 Reflection Paper on Defence showcases three possible scenarios for the evolution of EU cooperation in defence.

North America Security

Trump’s nuclear modernization dilemma

The Trump administration’s ambition to expand US nuclear capabilities marks a radical shift away from the prevailing rationale during the Obama era. This change of paradigm could give rise to

International Middle East/North Africa Outlook for 2017 Security

Why the Qatari-Arab tension may remain despite possible settlements

On the 6th of June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE announced in a coordinated move to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Europe Security

Why do terrorist attacks succeed?

Understanding why terrorist attacks succeed is essential in setting up long-term policies aimed at eradicating the Sunni extremist threat.