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To Brexit or not: The hollow European Union referendum debate and state security

The WWIII imagined by David Cameron could only happen with the UK as a member of NATO, in or out of the European Union. As for Boris Johnson’s fears of Turkey ever joining the EU, he needs to remember that Turkey is part of NATO. Likewise, the wider debate on security has been uncomfortably hollow. All things remaining equal, perhaps it is better for you to follow your heart when voting. If state security was in your mind when casting your vote, we hope you found this post useful. 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

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

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