Since the Biden administration’s shock decision to rapidly withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan, threats have not diminished, war has escalated and peace appears increasingly distant, rendering further compromises by the US inevitable.
The UK is shifting its counterterrorism capability to Africa. Yet while the threat picture in Africa appears to be worsening, it remains unclear how outwardly menacing it actually is. The key question Whitehall needs to ask is whether the new deployments to Mali and Somalia appropriately reflect the global terrorist threat picture the UK faces.
Japan has become the latest country to pursue the introduction of a human rights-focused sanctions regime. Will the arrival of a new player in the human rights sanctions field lead to closer coordination with existing regimes?