The Iran Deal: Security through Diplomacy

Diplomacy and international security are increasingly panned as an unsuitable pairing, with electorates in the world being over informed that their military spending is the only, or the best way to guarantee national security – to paraphrase expert commentator Donald J Trump, you have to ‘bomb, bomb, bomb.’ Recently, however, the work of slow, steady…

Demand, Supply, and a Rational World Order by Professor Danny Quah

World order is the global community of nation states placed in a setting to reveal two features: (1) the distribution of power across individual nation states and (2) the understood relations between those states. In a specific world order, each nation state has an understanding of its relative status in the world; each comes to…

Britain and the EU: a Question of International Relations

In his Chatham House speech setting out the UK’s demands for a renegotiated relationship, David Cameron argued Britain’s EU membership is not merely a question of jobs and trade but of national security. Eurosceptics argue Britain’s leaders have too often allowed such foreign policy concerns to be put before domestic priorities, especially economic and democratic…

Who’s what and where in Syria?

Inside the Syrian Web The purpose of this rather short article is to explain the provided diagram of the state of the Syrian conflict (November 2015). (click on the image to enlarge). First Ring: The first ring of the diagram is composed on the forces actually fighting on the ground, namely the Assad Regime, the…

How secure are we in the hands of the (Western) police?

Last week I attended a protest outside the Indian High Commission in which hundreds of Indian people were standing up for their rights, after two innocent men were killed by police forces in India. The reason I have asked this question though isn’t just in relation to the Indian police forces, but about our very…

Here Come The Drones!!

 Past and Present of Drones: Let’s begin with a simple question: When you hear the word ‘drone’ what do you think of? Well most probably an image of a grey American flying drone pops out. (More precisely the RQ-1 / MQ-1 Predator): This is no surprise, considering the extent of its use by the USA,…

Explosion at Turkey Rally: Another crack in the EU?

The attacks on Saturday in Turkey against a peaceful rally, highlights another security problem bubbling up within Europe. The rally was calling for an end to violence between the separatist Kurds (PKK) and the Turkish state, which was disrupted through bombings. The origins of the attacks are still to be confirmed, although the Kurds are…