Green Finance: The Way Forward?

Green finance is very simple in practice; a financial activity (product or service) that ensures a better environmental outcome. It is proving to be an effective way to meet the growing needs of both environmentalism and capitalism. It can take many forms, but broadly its divided into banking, investment and insurance products which ensure sustainableContinue reading “Green Finance: The Way Forward?”

A Threat Beyond Extremist Networks? Recent Attacks in France Raise Concerns

So far in 2020, France has had an increasing number of lone wolf terror attacks. This increase sets a worrying precedent for not only the French intelligence services but that of the international community too. None of the individuals carrying out the attacks that have taken place since September were known to the intelligence services.Continue reading “A Threat Beyond Extremist Networks? Recent Attacks in France Raise Concerns”

Russia’s strategy in Africa: Why it want’s to increase it’s presence

Vladimir Putin has stated that Africa is one of Russia’s main foreign policy priorities. There are a number of triggers for this, increasing involvement of Western powers on the continent is one but the immense economic and strategic opportunity the continent offers may be more important. In 2018, the US ramped up its involvement inContinue reading “Russia’s strategy in Africa: Why it want’s to increase it’s presence”

China and Cambodia sign free trade agreement: What is the significance?

China and Cambodia signed a landmark free trade agreement (FTA) on Monday (12/10/2020), the first such deal between Cambodia and a foreign state. The agreement covers tourism, trade, agriculture and investment, of which more than 90 percent will be tariff free. Cambodia has been an important ally for China in recent years. It has beenContinue reading “China and Cambodia sign free trade agreement: What is the significance?”

The UK Integrated Security and Defence Review: What can we expect?

Over the past few months, the UK Government has been conducting an Integrated Security and Defence Review, said to be the largest since the end of the Cold War. At its core, its aim is to modernise the armed forces. It comes at somewhat of a defining moment for the UK with the main componentsContinue reading “The UK Integrated Security and Defence Review: What can we expect?”

Intra-Afghan Peace talks: What issues will they face?

On Saturday 12th September 2020, the Afghan Government and Taliban sat down in Qatar for the formal intra-Afghan peace talks. It is being hailed as a momentous breakthrough in reaching a peace settlement in Afghanistan. A stable political future for Afghanistan, effective law enforcement and social inequality, namely women’s rights will be on the agenda.Continue reading “Intra-Afghan Peace talks: What issues will they face?”

Exploring an effective framework for Counter-Terrorism

The 19th anniversary of 9/11 has just gone by and the enquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing having started not too long ago. I feel it an apt time to revisit my undergraduate dissertation; ‘Is there a model of best practice in Counter-Terrorism’. I found myself drawn to this topic at university due to theContinue reading “Exploring an effective framework for Counter-Terrorism”