In The News 18 June - 24 June


Afzal Ashraf: Western alliance can't succeed in Iraq

Mentions in the Media

Lone actor terrorism

Rightwing 'lone wolves' kill more than Islamic terrorists acting alone, says report

The report, which is released in updated form on Wednesday, says: “Rightwing extremists represent a substantial aspect of the lone actor threat and must not be overlooked.”

In The Evening Standard, Washington Post, The Observer , Telesur, RT and The New Statesman

Countering Daesh

In Retreat in Syria, Iraq and Libya, ISIS May Look to Expand Its Global Reach

But what has the Islamic State become? “A militia that operates like a complex gang,” said Michael Stephens of the Royal United Services Institute. “ISIS will survive in some form, but the dream of a state is over.”

Michael Stephens in Haaretz, 24 June

The EU Referendum

EU referendum: the key issues

Malcolm Chalmers, of think tank Rusi, has warned Brexit could prompt “a wider set of disintegrative factors” across Europe. Britain, he added, would have to up defence spending to convince European allies it was still a viable partner.

Malcolm Chalmers in The Herald, 17 June

Factchecking the EU debate

The Royal United Services Institute stipulated that the negative consequences of leaving the European Union are extremely severe for Northern Ireland due to our fractious internal politics, enduring terrorist threat and weak domestic economy, and that the troubled jurisdiction of the United Kingdom could once again be ‘a major political, security and economic crisis for future governments in Westminster’.

Bright Green 18 June

Illegal Wildlife Trade

Animal poaching: How tracking technology could help prevent wildlife crime, extinctions

A 2016 report published in the Journal of Applied Ecology takes a close look at the desperate situation many species face today and the potential for technology to play a dominant role in at least slowing the rate of poaching among large, at-risk animals.

Journalist Resource, 22 June

Migration Crisis

Case for Overcoming the Ostrich Syndrome

The opening sentence of the report quoted Peter Roberts of the Royal United Services Institute, “migrants in the boat are symptoms, not causes, of the problem”.

Peter Roberts in Inter Press Service, 24 June

Military Personel

Norway’s Gender-Neutral Draft

“It will be interesting to see how well the female conscripts function — with the demands of the job and with each other — when they have been required serve rather than having volunteered to do so.”

Jo Mackowski for War on the Rocks 23 June

UK Defence Planning

Ministry of Defence contracts watchdog calls for extra clout to tackle "market abuse"

Prof John Louth, a director at the Royal United Services Institute told CSW there was a case in favour of increasing the SSRO’s powers and – potentially – for relocating it to the Cabinet Office or the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to reinforce its independence. He added that the calls for increased powers were seen as a safeguard for the future, rather than a reflection of current problems that were not being dealt with. “They’re not saying there’s a huge contracting problem; they’re saying there is an increasingly complex picture and that if they can sort out the rules early on, that would be better than having to respond to issues as they emerge,” he said.

John Louth in Civil Service World 20 June

China's Foreign Policy

China’s Place in Central Asia

The question for the Central Asian capitals is the degree to which they can shape China’s approach in a way that maximizes the benefits that they seek. Central Asian leaders also want China to take a greater degree of responsibility for some regional security questions. As the first stop on the ideologically central Silk Road Economic Belt, Central Asia will be a consistent point in Chinese foreign policy in the coming years. What the long-term ramifications of this are, however, remains to be seen

Raffaello Pantucci in 20 June

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