Many studies on the motivations of Islamic State foreign fighters emphasise the role of low socio-economic prospects. But interviews with fighters suggest greater attention should be given to the role of religiosity.
The Somali peacekeeping experience, which spans over two decades, provides a good example of the evolving roles of the AU and the UN in responding to conflicts and crises in Africa.
El Salvador’s gang truce offers a compelling example of how a society steeped in gang violence might pursue dialogue while also highlighting the threats posed to any negotiation process.
Criminal gangs pose a substantial threat to security in the Western hemisphere, but they often fall outside the scope of conventional approaches to mediation and negotiation. Nevertheless, there are ways to negotiate […]
Trinidad and Tobago is experiencing high levels of crime. It was hoped that a new substantive Commissioner of Police would be appointed and begin the process of reforming the police service in order to help anti-crime efforts. But these hopes have been dashed.
Specialist on religion and politics in Southeast Asia, Matthew Walton, examines the complex drivers behind and dynamics to Myanmar’s refugee crisis.
Defence and security expert Christopher Spearin discusses the use of private military and security companies by states and the implications of this trend for international security.
Despite calls and efforts to do so, the international community has never possessed a standing force that could be directly recruited, trained, equipped and controlled by the UN. There are several reasons for this failure.
The sheer scale of cartel related violence in Mexico has yielded debate over what type of violence it actually is. Is it terrorism, an insurgency or something else altogether?
Renowned political communications scholar Daniel Hallin talks about the media coverage of the Vietnam war and the lasting legacy of this event regarding the relationship between the media and the […]