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The wars in Syria and Iraq have been a magnet to thousands of foreign fighters causing global concern over a new wave of transnational terrorism. Recruiting, training and the financial support for these pipelines of warrior extremists is big business and pose a threat not only to the countries at war. These ‘pipelines' have the potential to flow into new or existin...
Dr. James Jay Carafano
Iraq has a new government headed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with key posts promised to Sunni and Kurdish politicians as part of a power-sharing deal to tackle the growing rise of Islamic State (IS). The real and present danger of IS reaches far and wide and is leading to some countries becoming unlikely allies working with a common purpose in the battle agai...
Professor Dr. Amatzia Baram
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Pakistan, with newly-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the helm, has sparked global optimism that he will steer the nation’s economy out of the doldrums and so revive investor confidence in a country of 180 million. Already Mr Sharif has indicated he intends to do business with Pakistan’s historic ally China. But less clear is how the Sharif government plans t...
Catalonia’s fight for independence from Madrid moved forward when its parliament voted two to one for the region to have a democratic right to decide its future. Spain’s central government is strongly opposed to the breakaway moves by the region in the north east which is one of the richest in the country.
CATALONIA – one...
Dr. Jaime Nogueira Pinto