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Forum: Global Issues & Threats 34 Minutes Ago
Replies: 251
Views: 129,695
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Fewer Russian flights towards the UK, not more

Well, well that is really scary:
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 1,062
Views: 378,973
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'The Forgotten Front: Patron-Client Relationships in COIN

Post 1059 refers to a book published in 2017, namely Walter Ladwig's 'The Forgotten Front: Patron-Client Relationships in Counter Insurgency', I have just discovered a podcast when he spoke @ Kings...
Forum: Europe 21 Hours Ago
Replies: 180
Views: 167,294
Posted By davidbfpo
When politics fails, the police remain

A wider commentary on Brexit and Northern Ireland has this stunning passage, with my emphasis:...
Forum: Africa 1 Day Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 36,415
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Crisis in Ethiopia: elections, and fast!

With the media focus on President Zuma's removal from power in South Africa, few spotted let alone saw reporting on the resignation of the Prime Minister in Ethiopia.

A French SME is the author...
Forum: Intelligence 2 Days Ago
Replies: 65
Views: 99,225
Posted By davidbfpo
The Five Eye’s intelligence sharing network

An interesting article, with both UK & US ex-intelligence directors commenting, on the Five Eyes...
Forum: Africa 2 Days Ago
Replies: 399
Views: 146,335
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COIN in the Sahel: who are the blurred enemy?

A brief overview of the key non-state armed actors in the region, which includes non-jihadist groups in alliance sometimes with the Mali government for example; jihadist groups and others.

Forum: Europe 2 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 109,972
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Ukraine is still on the edge, despite all efforts to stabilise it

An academic article on the situation, the emphasis is not on the military aspects - hence being in this smaller thread. Here is a taster...
Forum: Americas 2 Days Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 113,059
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We have not gone away - the Zapatista rebels

I thought they had gone away, no and the title and sub-title to thi short article are:...
Forum: Middle East 2 Days Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 62,198
Posted By davidbfpo
The rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood

A book review in the FT of a new book 'The Muslim Brotherhood and the West: A History of Emnity and Engagement' by Martyn Frampton, Harvard University Press and one...
Forum: Law Enforcement 3 Days Ago
Replies: 230
Views: 204,603
Posted By davidbfpo
The CT approach has "holes in the bucket"

A broad comment on the issues around returning foreign fighters by an "insider":

A classic example of how weak the UK CT approach is:
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 3 Days Ago
Replies: 186
Views: 160,939
Posted By davidbfpo
The helpful App @ Raqqa

Forum: Politics In the Rear 3 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 1,047
Posted By davidbfpo
Small nation has a case underway

Meantime in Denmark there is a trial underway:
Forum: International Politics 3 Days Ago
Replies: 64
Views: 59,218
Posted By davidbfpo
Food for thought

A commentary 'This Too Shall Pass: Remarks to the Camden Conference on The New World Disorder and America’s Future' by Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.).

Here is a taster:The author's...
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 30,705
Posted By davidbfpo
We're adding 1k to those already in Saudi

Looks like the Pakistani Senate's "nose is out of joint" over the deployment of troops to Saudi...
Forum: South Asia 3 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 30,156
Posted By davidbfpo
Facts -v- Fiction: the CPEC

A curious document, from September 2017 from a previously unheard of think tank (German-Pakistani) on the Chine-Pakistan Economic Corridor and somehow I doubt any pearls will be found.
Link to 50...
Forum: South Asia 3 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 30,156
Posted By davidbfpo
China woos Pakistan militants to secure Belt and Road projects

From the FT:

One wonders will the locals, let alone the militants, be tempted by work or other options and so enable the road...
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 3,974
Posted By davidbfpo
Syria: the shifting sands of a years-long quagmire

The title is taken from the sub-title of an article 'Miscalculation and vulnerability simmer beneath the surface of the Syrian conflict' and accurately sums the situation....
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 3 Days Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 314
Posted By davidbfpo
After oil & gas there's renewable sources

Worth considering how the world will adapt as renewable sources compete with oil & gas. Imagine a world where OPEC is redundant for example.

Forum: Africa 4 Days Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 29,579
Posted By davidbfpo
Some here I expect will dismiss this NYT report,...

Some here I expect will dismiss this NYT report, so here are two comments via Twitter that might persuade you. Professor Bruce Hoffman:

Professor Daniel Byman:
Forum: Law Enforcement 4 Days Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 48,144
Posted By davidbfpo
How school shootings catch on.

One of the better articles I have read since the latest shooting and the author is Malcolm Gladwell; he does not refer to the latest shooting.

He ends with:...
Forum: Africa 5 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 29,716
Posted By davidbfpo
Violent English-speaking separatists

Not exactly a surprise, this report indicates there is a level of violence, bitterness over the government's response, refugees and Nigeria extraditing dissident leaders back to the Cameroon....
Forum: Politics In the Rear 5 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 1,047
Posted By davidbfpo
Id'd by Bruce Hoffman and his comment via...

Id'd by Bruce Hoffman and his comment via Twitter:
Link to the NYT article:
Forum: Law Enforcement 5 Days Ago
Replies: 230
Views: 204,603
Posted By davidbfpo
From a London "foxhole"

A Q&A with the UK's most senior police CT officer, the Met's Neil Basu, in 'Sentinel' CTC's e-journal, conducted by RUSI's Raffaello Pantucci....
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 5 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 26,700
Posted By davidbfpo
UAE covets Socotra: for the military and tourists

Thanks to a footnote in the latest Sentinel I found this report and the expansion of the UAE's role, if not de facto occupation of Socotra....
Forum: Europe 5 Days Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 124,208
Posted By davidbfpo
Two commentaries

A lengthy comment on European relations on the 'southern front line', alas only about Morocco and Tunisia....
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