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Middle East/North Africa Security

Russia grows impatient with Turkey in Syria

On August 2, Syria’s warring factions announced a ceasefire to fighting in the last remaining stronghold of Idlib. It did not last long as three days later fighting resumed between the government and its opposition. 

Insights Security

Can Iran force Europe to defy US sanctions?

Iran has announced that it will enrich uranium beyond the limits mandated by the JCPOA (Iran deal). The announcement is an attempt to force the EU to deepen its efforts to alleviate the impact of biting US sanctions.

Security Under The Radar

An Indian Space Odyssey: Security and Economy

Several ISRO initiatives concerning the Indian space programme have been conducted. These reflect India’s growing wealth and technological capability.  

Asia Pacific Security

Australia-Japan alliance: A blueprint for something bigger?

Is the strengthening of bonds between Japan and Australia merely an attempt to balance China, or is it a sign of a more promising future?

Insights Security

The Sahel Uncertainty: Climate change and Insurgency

The Sahel is increasingly affected by underdevelopment, endemic poverty, criminality, and insurgency. Climate change has recently extrapolated these problems by making essential resources scarce.

Africa Security

Burkina Faso: Front-line against Jihadism in West Africa

Burkina Faso’s strategic geographical position makes it crucial in the fight against extremism in West Africa, but the country is failing to contain the threat. Despite coordinated efforts, national and regional forces have been unable to counter the expansion of jihadist groups towards the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin and Togo.

Middle East/North Africa Security

The Growing Risk of Saudi Arms Trade

Saudia Arabia is undergoing a difficult public relations crises after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, affecting its arms trade with allies.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Iran partially exits the nuclear deal: is war on the horizon?

President Trump’s most recent sanctions and deployment of an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf has raised fears about another US war in the Middle-East. Iran’s decision to cease compliance with key parts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) intensifies anxieties.  

Europe Security

Europe’ data security dilemma: the Huawei debate

Last month, Huawei offered an anti-spy agreement to Germany, in order to ease the data security concerns and be able to participate in the country’s 5G mobile networks. However, without the same level of guarantee from the Chinese government, it is unlikely that the concerns could be eliminated. What would be the next step for European countries on this matter?

Middle East/North Africa Security

Syria’s Idlib: Limited offensive to enforce Sochi Accord

Bashar al-Assad’s regime started an aerial assault against rebel-held areas in northwest Syria in late April. The purpose of the offensive is capturing the M4 and M5 highways from Aleppo to Hama and Lattakia, as agreed in Sochi.