//
archives

Uncategorized

This category contains 28 posts

The refugee exodus into Europe: a preventable crisis and the inevitable demographic revolution

On August 19, 2015, Germany released an official projection in which it stated that they expected to receive up to 800,000 asylum seekers. Syrians are not the only ones hoping for a better life in Europe, as there are many other nations in transition in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. From Yemen to Eritrea, millions of people dream the same. Are Europeans prepared to deal with a problem of this magnitude? Continue reading

The Strange Case of the UK General Election 2015: A State Without a Vision of State Security

The British parliamentary election 2015 offers us an interesting case study about a general election in which state security did not figure as an election issue at all. By now, anyone who has been following this election, whether British or not, should have noted this peculiar phenomenon. This has set a dangerous precedent that we all learn to regret sooner than later. Continue reading

Letting the boat migrants drown: the new British and European policy

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom: “We do not support planned search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.”
Ironically,1) the UK enjoys a lead in the maritime security sector; 2) the UK could have put forward the proposal to outsource search-and-rescue to a consortium of British firms; and 3) the UK could have thus exerted some form of informal control over the running of the contract. Continue reading

Ebola pandemic: could have done but did not do and now too late

China, the world’s most populous country (1.36 billion people) with the world’s second largest GDP ($9.33 trillion) and with heavy investments in Africa, does not even figure on the donations lists. These figures set the tone: have governments done enough to help prevent a global Ebola pandemic? Continue reading

Ebola prevention measures for private military and private security personnel

Ebola is difficult to catch, but weather you are private military or security personnel in counties or points of higher risk of contagion such as mass transport hubs, medical facilities, or mining outposts, these are some suggestions how not to catch Ebola (based on WHO guidelines): • Avoid direct contact with people displaying symptoms of … Continue reading

British jihadists: the rise of ISIS and the downgrading of the British passport

What is this intelligence used for then? Did you hear PM Cameron speak about the problem of British jihadists before the ISIS terrorist movement exploded? We just marked another anniversary of 9/11. Do we need another 7/7 in the UK? But this time perhaps involving beheadings in central London? Continue reading

Book Review of The Business of War: Military Enterprise and Military Revolution in Early Modern Europe

Originally posted on International History:
David Parrott. The Business of War: Military Enterprise and Military Revolution in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-521-51483-5. Figures. Maps. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. xvii, 429. $80.00. Dr David Parrott, a Fellow and Lecturer at New College, University of Oxford, provides a revisionist study concerning private…

The fall of Iraq and the last man standing

Do you remember the Rwandan genocide, when between April and June 1994 machete-clad mobs of Hutus massacred some 800,000 Tutsis? What is currently unfolding in Iraq is possibly worse, as on top of the carnage, it involves mass torture and a twisted political and terror agenda. Continue reading

Israel and Palestine, amidst all the pain and the relentless battle

If geopolitics was a playground, the parties to this conflict behave like stubborn children who do not care to listen to what fellow pupils, teachers, or parents say. Carrots or sticks do not work either. It seems both parties only answer and react to pain and suffering. Continue reading

UK Sanctions on Russia: raw and compromising evidence on defense exports

Annex 9: Extant arms export licences to Countries of concern’, you will find plenty of defense exports to Russia. In the end, you do not want the wrong mix finishing in the wrong hands, e.g. Russian-backed rebels shooting down civilian planes. Continue reading

Follow me on Twitter

September 2021
M T W T F S S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930