European Council President Donald Tusk speaks to US President Donald Trump as he welcomes him at EU headquarters in Brussels as part of a NATO meeting, 25 May 2017. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

The Future of the United States and Europe: An Irreplaceable Partnership

11 April 2018
How the EU responds to the Trump administration will be the hallmark of how it sees its role in the world, and how successful it will be in promoting its worldview.
International Affairs

Preventing violent extremism through the United Nations: the rise and fall of a good idea

9 March 2018
In the Editor's Choice article from the new issue of International Affairs, David Ucko examines the obstacles facing the UN's Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) Plan of Action. While the approach rightly seeks to address the causes of violence by transnational extremist groups, its implementation has been hampered by a lack of support from some member states and administrative errors. Ucko assesses the future prospects of the PVE agenda, and UN-based counterterrorism efforts more broadly, arguing that expectations may have to be adjusted for such multilateral efforts to succeed.
A Heron drone on the runway at the Castor military camp in Gao, Mali, on 19 May 2017. Members of the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) have been deployed to the region as part of the UN mission named MINUSMA. Photo: Markus Heine/NurPhoto/Getty Images.
Research paper

Drones and the European Union: Prospects for a Common Future

5 February 2018
The debate over the use of drones is an opportunity for states to identify elements of military practice that their publics find uncomfortable or troubling, and to explain these areas of military operations in context. 
Launch Control Center control panel for the Minuteman III nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles located in New Ramer, Colorado. Photo: Andy Cross/Contributor /Getty Images.
Research paper

Cybersecurity of Nuclear Weapons Systems: Threats, Vulnerabilities and Consequences

11 January 2018
At times of heightened tension, cyberattacks on nuclear weapons systems could cause an escalation, which results in their use. 
International Affairs

Public-private partnerships on cyber security: a practice of loyalty

1 November 2017
International Affairs

Beyond seablindness: a new agenda for maritime security studies

1 November 2017
International Affairs

Beyond the buzzword: big data and national security decision-making

1 November 2017
A Customs and Border Protection officer processes an incoming passenger at Newark Liberty International Airport. Photo: James Tourtellotte/United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection/Flickr.
Research paper

The US Visa Waiver Program: Facilitating Travel and Enhancing Security

25 October 2017
Managing the balance between national security and the benefits of the visa waiver program will likely remain a tightrope exercise for policymakers for some time.
A woman walks on the roof of the Great Mosque of Djenné after praying. The Great Mosque of Djenné was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, along with the old town of Djenné, in the central region of Mali. Photo: United Nations.
Research paper

Nuclear Disarmament and the Protection of Cultural Heritage

10 October 2017
States possessing nuclear weapons should be called upon to consider and publish the risks posed to cultural heritage, and their mitigation strategies, in their nuclear-weapons doctrines and policies.
Businessman on bicycle passing skyline of La Defense business district in Paris, France. Photo: EschCollection/Getty Images.
Research paper

Supporting the US Economy by Improving the Mobility of High-skilled Labour Across the Atlantic

27 September 2017
US policymakers should give special consideration to a more open immigration policy for highly skilled professionals from the EU. This would ultimately benefit the US economy.
A British soldier on patrol as the sun rises at Sennybridge Training Area, Wales. Photo: Stocktrek Images/Getty.
Research paper

Strengthening the Private Sector’s Role in UK Defence Engagement

25 August 2017
With the right oversight and a balanced approach, defence engagement can help to deliver prosperity and increase private-sector involvement in national security.
The Muna camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria, for people displaced due to raiding by the Boko Haram Islamist extremist group. Photo: Kyodo News/Contributor/Getty Images.
Research paper

Recommendations for Reducing Tensions in the Interplay Between Sanctions, Counterterrorism Measures and Humanitarian Action

23 August 2017
This paper sets out a series of steps for systematically gathering information on the adverse impact of sanctions on humanitarian action and bringing it to the attention of Security Council members as well as the broader UN membership.
Photo credit: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Research paper

The Pursuit of a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East: A New Approach

27 July 2017
The stalemate over negotiation on a WMD-free zone damages not only relationships and trust between states in the region, but also the strength and credibility of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. A new approach is needed.
View of Business Bay in Dubai with the new intersection connecting Sheik Zayed Road. Photo: Edward Tian/Contributor/Getty Images.
Research paper

Cybercrime and the Digital Economy in the GCC Countries

30 June 2017
A failure to tackle cybercrime would imperil strategic development plans intended to diversify GCC economies and reduce their reliance on the hydrocarbons sector.
Drone photo of Vagiohori refugee camp in subzero temperature, in Vagiohori, Greece. Photo: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images.
Research paper

Advancing Human Security Through Artificial Intelligence

11 May 2017
AI is one potential way to enable real-time, cost-effective and efficient responses to a variety of human security-related issues.
Aboriginal elder Eileen Kampakuta Brown, joint winner of the 2003 Goldman Environmental Prize for her struggle to stop construction of a nuclear waste dump in South Australia. Photo: Getty Images.
Research paper

The Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Testing: Regional Responses and Mitigation Measures

8 May 2017
The long and continuing history of nuclear weapons testing has much to teach researchers, humanitarian organizations, international bodies and governments about how best to address the effects of nuclear weapons use and develop appropriate policies for prevention.
A group of Somali women line up to receive food aid from a Kuwaiti-based Islamic charity in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on 14 August 2011. Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Humanitarian Action and Non-state Armed Groups: The Impact of Banking Restrictions on UK NGOs

28 April 2017
Banks are restricting the work of humanitarian NGOs and impeding the effectiveness of the UK government’s aid budget.
A Syrian refugee youth walks in an alley at an unofficial refugee camp in the village of Deir Zannoun in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, 31 January 2017. Photo: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

UN Humanitarian Coordination in Lebanon: The Consequences of Excluding Syrian Actors

30 March 2017
While it will doubtless be expensive to overhaul the UN's coordination structure and mechanisms, it could ultimately cost less than maintaining the current dysfunctional system. 
An Iraqi refugee boy, who fled the city of Mosul because of fighting between government forces and ISIS, at the UN-run al-Hol refugee camp in Syria’s Hasakeh governorate on 5 December 2016. Photo: Delis Souleiman/Getty Images.
Research paper

Humanitarian Action and Non-state Armed Groups: The UK Regulatory Environment

17 February 2017
The UK government needs to adopt a clear, unified approach to reconciling its humanitarian and counterterrorism priorities.
Internally displaced Pakistani children whose families fled a military operation against Taliban militants in the North Waziristan tribal agency queue for food near a camp for IDPs in Bannu, 6 September 2014. Photo: KARIM ULLAH/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Humanitarian Action and Non-state Armed Groups: The International Legal Framework

2 February 2017
The UN Security Council should be encouraged to systematically include humanitarian exemption clauses in sanctions regimes, as this is the best way of ensuring they are replicated in national law.