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International Geo-Politics

Consensus Is The Victim

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Writer: Dominika Cosic
The threat of Soviet intervention has been the cement in the eastwards expansion process of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation but an internal contradiction has emerged in the difficulty in creating a consensus between ‘Old Europe’ as represented by France and Germany and the ‘New Europe’ as represented by states that broke away from the Soviet Union.

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Causality: External Forces, Internal Threats

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Writer: Damien Martin
If the past is measured with the same parameters as the present, then nowadays, India is relatively stable in comparison. With a population of 1.24 billion, industry firing on all cylinders, the threat of occupation from invading neighbours is unimaginable. Modern times may not be a Gupta Dynasty “Golden Age”, however it isn’t in the throes of a Hephthalite invasion either. India’s security model is not a simple internal / external dichotomy, instead its a kaleidoscope of possibilities, each element reflected by and obscured from the next. Seven countries interlinked by proximity, history and goals. So how does India gain and maintain trust with its own people and neighbours? Risk taking may be the answer.

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The Role of Intelligence in Countering Terrorism in Iraq

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Writer: Ilias Papadopoulos
In this article the writer studies the role of intelligence in combatingterrorism, with Iraq as a case study. He argues that the pursuit of thecounter-terrorism agenda, solely based in the use of military force, doesn’t produce positive results. On the other hand, results can be achieved by relying on the counter-terrorism model in the use of intelligence and the application of military force only when other avenues of action have been spent.

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Russia: A Difficult Global Player

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Writer: Dominika Cosic
With Russia, keeping global security and order is difficult but without Russia it is impossible. Certainly Russia is still one of the global players. But the role which Russia is playing is hard to describe. On the one hand Russia is helpful in solving of complicated international situations, but on the other hand Russia is creating problems. A visible example was war in Georgia in 2008, when Russia strongly supported two separatist regions: Ossetia and Abkhazia and later attacked Georgia.

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Al-Qaeda and the Arab Spring: The End of an Era or the Emergence of a New Threat?

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Writer: Ilias Papadopoulos
The immediate objective of the Al-Qaeda was to drive all non-muslim forces from the areas that comprised the 7th century Caliphate, unify these lands and eventually re-establish that political entity and run it by the Islamic law (Sharia). The political forces opposing these goals were a series of dictatorships that were of a secular nature (Egypt, Syria, Iraq etc). These regimes became the prime target of Al-Qaeda as they constituted the barrier between the organisation and its objective. Even in the countries that toppled the established regimes by largely peaceful means, the following elections brought to power Islamic parties. This is a clear indication that although Al-Qaeda was not the driving force behind the Arab Spring, the dynamic behind it was indeed Islamic. Al-Qaeda in its part was quick to adapt its narrative to the shifting realities. The organisation claimed that the Arab Spring was possible due to them, since it was the group that had educated the Arabs to rise and oust the dictatorships. A thought- provoking view of the Arab Spring.

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