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Operation Decisive Storm: when Riyadh calls on Islamabad
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Operation Decisive Storm: when Riyadh calls on Islamabad

By Zoha Waseem: With Iran-backed Houthi rebels advancing in Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has called upon its trusted and indebted partner Pakistan for support in so-called ‘Operation Decisive Storm’. There has been much speculation over the last few days as to what sort of support Islamabad is considering on providing Riyadh, with … Continue reading

Interview – Journalist Sean Carberry on Afghanistan & conflict reporting
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Interview – Journalist Sean Carberry on Afghanistan & conflict reporting

By Mackenzie Weinger: In December 2014, reporter Sean Carberry shut the doors of NPR’s Kabul, Afghanistan bureau. The United States public radio network had put the bureau’s closure on the calendar back in 2012, deciding to leave the country due to the planned reduction of US troops. After having a bureau in the city since … Continue reading

Interview – Sir David Omand on Iraq, the terrorist threat, and surveillance
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Interview – Sir David Omand on Iraq, the terrorist threat, and surveillance

Interview by Lee Watkins: Sir David Omand, former Director of GCHQ, on the current security climate and the recent IPT rulings on GCHQ’s information gathering.  *** Besides your role as Director of GCHQ from 1996-1997, what are other highlights from your career? I was Principal Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary during the Falklands War. … Continue reading

Netanyahu, just the man we need
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Netanyahu, just the man we need

By Gianmarco Morassutti Vitale: This is the last of a three-piece series analysing outcomes and impacts of the recent Israeli election. Last week Eddo Bar considered what impact Netanyahu’s re-election would have on Israeli security, and Jill Russell examined the potential consequences for US-Israeli relations. *** Last Wednesday, Isaac Herzog, leader of the centre–left Zionist Union, conceded defeat … Continue reading

Where there’s a stick, there’s also a carrot: the ‘new’ US position on Israel
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Where there’s a stick, there’s also a carrot: the ‘new’ US position on Israel

By Jill R Russell: This is the second of a three-piece series analyzing outcomes and impacts of the recent Israeli election. Next, Gianmarco Morassutti Vitale will consider how polarization around Netanyahu may actually result in mobilization. *** “We’re currently evaluating our approach.” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. Reading responses to the Obama Administration’s latest moves on Israel … Continue reading