On grand strategy, extremist youths, terrorist communications, traditional landpower and gender in conflict | This Week’s Top Hot Links #138

5 Jan

Another busy week is drawing to a close and our Top Hot Links are back to provide some food for thought. 1.1. Swiss news portal Le News debates whether the increase in short-term contracts may be hindering the professional capabilities of the United Nations Office in Geneva. Increasingly, it appears as though there is a […]

On Swiss contracts, shared economy, Russian Grand Strategy, Smart Women & Libyan Militias | This Week’s Top Hot Links #137

11 Dec

Another busy week is drawing to a close and our Top Hot Links are back to provide some food for thought. 1.1. Swiss news portal Le News debates whether the increase in short-term contracts may be hindering the professional capabilities of the United Nations Office in Geneva. Increasingly, it appears as though there is a […]

Reflections on the WHS Roundtable

22 Nov

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On November 12-13 Cat participated in a round-table discussion in the lead up for the World Humanitarian Summit of 2016 in Geneva. The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is an initiative by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to improve humanitarian action. Through the two-year consultation process, the aim is to build a more inclusive and diverse humanitarian […]

British & European Democratic Unity – Politics & National Identity

22 Nov

A yes campaigner and no campaigner during the Scottish independence referendum, at Cromarty Firth in the Scottish Highlands, with a drilling platform towering over them. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian Politics Blog

Before the Scottish referendum on independence I wrote on ‘Fromoverhere’ a short piece entitled ‘TRIDENT & SCOTLAND NOT JUST A QUESTION OF ‘YES’ OR ‘NO’ TO THE UNION’. What concerned me then, a concern that has been reinforced since, is that the political climate in Scotland is driving the ‘no nukes’ in Scotland agenda not […]

On forecasting, jihadists rehabilitation, and the future of Al-Shabab | This Week’s Top Hot Links #135

10 Sep

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at the death of Al-Shabab leader and its repercussion for the group and the region in general. It then moves to analyse Obama’s options and priorities in balancing an intervention against the IS. Next, wee see how social media can have the effect […]

Evaluating Elections in Europe and Egypt | This Week’s Top Hot Links #129

4 Jun

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at the impact of elections in Egypt and Europe, and examines what they really reveals about those in power and the opinions of those casting the votes. It also provides a critique and defence of US domestic and foreign policy, from the viewpoints […]

Analysing America’s Global Position and Nigerian Politics in Wake of Abductions | This Week’s Top Hot Links #128

7 May

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at the long-term strategy that is needed to address Russia’s advancement into Ukraine, exploring the possibilities of inviting Finland and Sweden to join NATO. We look at what the abduction of 200 school girls by suspected Islamist militants really tells us about Nigerian […]

Is it really a lack of confidence that prevents women filling top posts in politics? | This Week’s Top Hot Links #127

24 Apr

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at the political and economic situation in China, both as it stands today, and as it projects into the future. We also explore a debate between two writers on the status of geopolitics and power-plays in international relations. Next, an interesting look into […]