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Ethics and Hybrid War

Ethics and Hybrid War

“Hybrid War is emerging as a new form of warfare which military doctrines are struggling to adjust to. Its combination of conventional and non-conventional threats blur the distinctions between civilian and combatant, and between peace and war. This increasingly complex and ambiguous environment presents operational challenges, but also ethical ones.” by Keir Watt Since Russia’s…

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The Influence of Big Data in the Intelligence Cycle

The Influence of Big Data in the Intelligence Cycle

“Big Data entails innovative technological progress to the intelligence cycle as it strengthens the collection stage, introduces the correlational analysis method, and facilitates the dissemination of data to the final consumers. However, Big Data also presents some challenges and risks as human consciousness and expert participation remains essential to ensure the intelligence cycle’s effectiveness”. by…

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Disinformation and Cyber-Threats: Vulnerability and Resilience in the 2019 EU Elections

Disinformation and Cyber-Threats: Vulnerability and Resilience in the 2019 EU Elections

In May 2019, over 350 million European citizens will express their vote for the constituency of the new European Parliament in a moment of significant challenges for the European Union (EU). As these may be the most important elections ever faced by the EU, policy-makers should pay particular attention to disinformation campaigns and cyber-threats to…

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Highlights from the first Security Distillery event in 2019

Highlights from the first Security Distillery event in 2019

On the 20th March the Security Distillery in collaboration with VOX-Pol got together for its first event of 2019, “Extremism: Online Networks, Offline Violence” at Dublin City University. Students from across DCU and the IMSISS programme attended for presentations from Security Distillery members discussing right-wing extremism in the EU, UK and US and an expert…

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The Demise of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG): An experiment in Central American Accountability

The Demise of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG): An experiment in Central American Accountability

Guatemalans have welcomed the anti-impunity commission that works to combat high level corruption and abuses, but after over a decade of prominent arrests and government pushback, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales threatened a pre-emptive withdrawal from the effort in January 2019. The decision is tied to a pattern of US-led norm breaking, with implications for justice…

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What ISIS’ Defeat in the Middle East Means for Europe: Counter-Radicalisation in the EU

What ISIS’ Defeat in the Middle East Means for Europe: Counter-Radicalisation in the EU

“Radicalisation has emerged as a sincere issue in Europe in the last five years. Since ISIS started to lose territory, foreign fighters have begun to return to Europe, while ISIS’ web presence has strengthened and increased. In response, the European Union has created some of the most successful anti-radicalisation programmes to tackle those threats. However,…

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The security implications of the far-right’s rise in Europe

The security implications of the far-right’s rise in Europe

“The far-right’s most recent electoral emergence in Europe raises concerns about the possible securitization of multiculturalism, the inspiration of radical right terrorism and the destabilization of liberal democracies. Understanding its rise and tactics can help liberalism address the far-right’s challenge.” by Javier Martínez Mendoza In the last five years, instability in the Middle East and…

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Assessing the Implications of the U.S.-Syria Withdrawal on the Kurdish Democratic Union

Assessing the Implications of the U.S.-Syria Withdrawal on the Kurdish Democratic Union

“The U.S.’ proposed withdrawal of the majority of its military presence from Syria leaves the Kurdish Democratic Union (PYD) in a challenging position. Now lacking clear U.S. protection and in the midst of preparing its final assault on ISIS-held positions, the PYD is now forced to weigh the decision of aligning with Russia and the…

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Post-Revolution Libya’s Internal State-Building Challenges

Post-Revolution Libya’s Internal State-Building Challenges

“The 17 February 2011 Libyan revolution brought a sense of freedom to the Libyan people. Eight years later, the country has erupted into another war, with numerous internal state-building challenges. Many of these challenges are rooted in the Gaddafi regime.” by Shahed Warreth Libya has become a deeply divided country in the eight years following…

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The Influence and Stability of the United Kingdom: The National Security Ramifications of a No Deal Brexit

The Influence and Stability of the United Kingdom: The National Security Ramifications of a No Deal Brexit

“Brexit presents a scenario in which, all at once, the UK must: maintain its relevance on the world-stage whilst simultaneously reducing its legislative and policy making influence;  satisfy Scotland’s call to remain; and assuage Northern Ireland’s border concerns. At risk is the fragmentation of its union and a shrinking of its international role”. by Matthew…

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