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January 27, 2015 No Comments

Libyans hope for law and order as country is torn apart

It tells you something about Tripoli today that few people took much notice when they heard shooting from the Corinthia Hotel this morning. (more…)

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January 22, 2015 4 Comments

Today’s anti-IS meeting is fantasy masquerading as policy

With Iraq riven by sectarianism and corruption, don’t expect any public statements from today’s London meeting of anti-IS nations to bear much relationship to reality on the ground.

January 16, 2015 1 Comment

Ignoring Boko Haram could be Nigeria’s greatest mistake

Goodluck Jonathan has acted as if Boko Haram is a minor irritant rather than an existential threat. It may be his greatest misjudgment.

January 15, 2015 6 Comments

New satellite images reveal devastation of Boko Haram massacre

The attack, thought to be the deadliest in Boko Haram’s history, saw the town largely razed to the ground as hundreds and possibly as many as two thousand civilians were killed.

December 2, 2014 4 Comments

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Turki: time to step up the war in Syria

It’s startling to hear someone advocate all out warfare: no negotiations with Iran, a campaign to defeat Assad by military means, faith in a “moderate” opposition.

December 1, 2014 4 Comments

Syria’s victims of the mathematics of global aid

What is wrong with us? While people and governments give generously to appeals for the victims of earthquakes and disease, they balk when it comes to those fleeing conflict.

November 26, 2014 9 Comments

UN role for Cameron’s mate Lansley would be ‘appalling’

A chorus of concern is growing at the prospect of David Cameron’s former Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley being put forward for a senior humanitarian role at the United Nations.

November 24, 2014 No Comments

Times may have changed for Iran – but US Republicans haven’t

As world powers struggle to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear programme, Republicans in the US could prove the biggest obstacle to an agreement.

November 21, 2014 4 Comments

Monday at midnight: will we see nuclear peace in our time?

Will a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme lead to rapprochement between the US and the Islamic state after 35 years of enmity?

November 16, 2014 5 Comments

What the horrific Kassig murder video tells us about IS

The video is horrific, but it provides intelligence services with clues about how IS leaders think, critically important for those seeking more effective ways to defeat this death cult.

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