Monthly Archives: July 2015

30th July – Marking United Nations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

1.   More than 90% of countries have legislation criminalizing human trafficking. 2.  Human trafficking is often underpinned by sexual exploitation and forced labour. 3.  40% of the victims detected between 2010 and 2012 were trafficked for forced labour. 4.  There … Continue reading

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Cameron’s Speech on Tackling Terrorism

The ten things you need to know about Cameron’s plans to tackle extremism: 1. Cameron outlined his five-year strategy to tackle subversive doctrine and defeat extremism 2. He argued that defeating extremism is the “struggle of our generation” 3. He … Continue reading

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The Use and Impact of Economic Sanctions

1.  Robert A. Pape’s article in International Security, titled “Why Economist Sanctions Do Not Work,” argues that sanctions have only been effective 5% of the time 2.  The longer sanctions are imposed, the less chance they have of succeeding. 3.  … Continue reading

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The Nuclear Deal with Iran

A deal has been struck between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers – the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany. Here’s my starter for ten: 1. Supporters of Obama, will see the nuclear deal as his … Continue reading

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Reflections on terrorism and counter-terrorism since 7/7

1.  Is terrorism on the rise? Given that there is no consensus on the definition of terrorism (there are over 250 definitions of terrorism, according to a recent study) it means that governments have been able to broaden the definition … Continue reading

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