Improved bomb-making capabilities and its desire to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising have made the ‘New IRA’ a genuine threat. With British security resources focused on countering Daesh, the group could see now as the opportune moment for it to make its mark.
North Korea continues to play games with its regional neighbours, shielded in part by its Cold War allies in the United Nations Security Council, and emboldened by its tactics and growing military capabilities. The question is what can anyone do about it?
In a major policy speech on nuclear issues, Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently suggested that Trident could be placed on the international negotiation table should there be a serious move towards multilateral disarmament. If such a gambit were to succeed, it would require something more than a leap of faith in trust.