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The Perfect Storm: Yemen, Shadow Networks and Jihad’s New Vanguard

Terrorism, like a lethal disease, is prone to adaptation and evolution to survive any remedy devised to combat the threat. There in lies the predicament, what becomes of the host when the disease is too virulent to be remedied by modern medicine? The host, in the absence of some kind of mitigation, would usually die. …

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Looking to the Future: Afghanistan

Afghanistan: the ‘graveyard of empires’. A geopolitically strategic nation that the world ignored for the best part of two decades until 9/11 suddenly brought it back into focus. Since then, there has been a large foreign – both military and civilian – presence. Not for much longer; the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (operating in Afghanistan …

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Unresolvable Conflicts in Deep Water

Conflicting sovereignty claims between member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), in the South China Sea, has led to greater scrutiny over the application of laws governing the division and use of maritime territories. The prolonged territorial dispute in the South China Sea was recently …

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The Poison Apple – Chinese Development Assistance to Africa

Over the past 20 years, China has been investing heavily in the African continent, pushing boundaries and challenging international norms that have dictated aid and trade policy since the Cold War. For poor states in Sub-Saharan Africa, the progress of China over the past 25 years is incredibly attractive. China has achieved a 9.8 percent …