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As the battle for Mosul concludes, the battle for Raqqa is entering its
initial phase. From a military perspective, the fall of these twin bastions of
Daesh was never in doubt. But tactical victories can only be turned into
long-term strategic gains if a political process is put in place. Otherwise, we
will see a “son of Daesh” and worse in Syria and Iraq.
Turkey has been undergoing profound social and political change. During the rule of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP), the country has moved quite a distance away from a secular liberal democracy toward an Islamist model, with key powers vested in the presidency. The fact that a coup attempted by a part of Turkey's military in defense of democratic values received scant support shows how deep this political change as been.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
The international community has been slow to react to the crimes and massacres committed in Iraq and Syria. Westerners continue to believe that their civilisation is immortal, but the new enemy is shaped by fanaticism and ideology, fighting for twisted convictions and for a faith. It has declared a war of religion and has combatants from all over the world. Nuclear...
The Islamist and Tuareg forces which disrupted Mali have been driven into neighbouring countries, but their networks have not been wiped out. With elections only weeks away – in theory - there are still major questions to be answered, such as what is the basis of keeping the peace and who will enforce it? And could tribal leaders be the key to reconciling Mali’s no...