From Al-Shabaab to Daesh
Following the announcement of British deaths in Iraq and Somalia, it has become clear that foreign fighters are attracted to various battlefields. However, there has been a noticeable shift away from Somalia to Syria/Iraq in travel patterns from the UK. Understanding why and how this has taken place might offer some ideas for how to stifle some of the attraction of Syria and Iraq.
23 Jun 2015
FATF 2018: Assessing the UK’s Anti Money-Laundering Efforts
Despite a regulatory environment perceived by many as stringent, the UK has a reputation as a global hub for money-laundering. Over the next two years, the UK Government will prepare itself for an assessment of its anti money-laundering and counter terrorist-financing efforts.
17 Jun 2015
Turkey’s Political Future
The inability of the AKP to win an outright majority is a personal failure for President Recep Erdogan. Yet, Turkey’s future rests in large part on the Turkish president’s next move. \r\n\r\n
9 Jun 2015
The Fall of Ramadi: Daesh’s Next Move
The reported fall of Ramadi to Daesh should not come as a surprise. The militants are now relying on their Shia opponents to give a brutal response which will allow them to consolidate and expand their popularity.
19 May 2015
Peace Talks Still the Main Game in Town
While talks in Doha between the Taliban and Afghan government were downplayed and big hurdles remain, there were some small signs of progress, which could help kick start the Afghan peace process.
14 May 2015
Defence and the Election Outcome
It is reasonable to assume that there will be a real-terms increase in the defence budget now that the Conservatives have full control of the government. However, commitments to future military interventions are less certain.
12 May 2015
Indian Defence Policy
As India’s government approaches the end of its first year, has it made its mark on Indian defence policy?
11 May 2015
The Texas Attack: An Expression of Daesh’s Reach?
The jihadist movement known as Daesh has claimed responsibility for the aborted attack on an art contest in Texas. But other than shared motives, there are hardly anyreal linkages. Overreaction and misreading of the threat will merely play into their hands.
11 May 2015
A Busy Week for Maritime Powers: There must be something in the water
Last week saw governments making statements about their values, intent and national interest through the medium of the sea. Distracted by emergency response in Nepal and elections at home, the United Kingdom was largely absent from this global maritime conversation.
6 May 2015
Rising European Defence Budgets?
A curious thing is happening in continental Europe: defence spending is rising. The United Kingdom may soon be among only a handful of nations with fewer resources for defence at a time of increasing commitments.
1 May 2015
Are the Conservatives the Sole Custodians of UK Defence?
The Conservatives have historically touted themselves as the party to be trusted with the UK’s defence and foreign policy, arguments which were duly repeated during the current electoral campaign. However, in practice, their record may diverge from such claims.
1 May 2015
Iranian Sanctions and the Banking Sector: Once Bitten Twice Shy
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and the P5+1 was almost universally welcomed. But can the P5+1 deliver the promised sanctions relief? Or will banks, heavily fined for breaching Iranian sanctions remain risk-averse, restricting opportunity for economic growth?
13 Apr 2015
Disrupting Organised Crime: Finding the Money
Recent efforts by the British government to take a strategic approach to disrupting serious and organised crime should be applauded. However cuts and the lack of funding to tackle key areas of organised crime is a major concern for future.
26 Mar 2015