The interim nuclear deal between the
western powers and Iran faces significant domestic and international
challenges. But after long hostility it may prove a trust-building
stepping-stone to a larger agreement.
After narrowly avoiding military intervention
in Syria, it is time for decision-makers to realise that there is a way to
strengthen and reinforce the norms behind humanitarian intervention: systematic
civilian casualty recording.
An agreement in 2011 averted dissent
developing into violent conflict. The National Dialogue Conference has made
progress against a backdrop of drone attacks and terrorist strikes, but as the
process draws to a close there is all to play for.
As direct military intervention has been ruled out for the UK by the Commons, we must turn to our non-military options to see how the UK can now push for peace and make an impact for the good in Syria.
Neither ending the bloodshed nor preventing the further use of weapons of mass destruction in Syria is served by military intervention. Amidst speculation over the US-UK special relationship, the Iranian reaction points a way forward.
Part Two of an analysis of the geopolitical sectarian dynamics and possible fall-out of military intervention in Syria, looking at prospects for meaningful change, and summing up on intervention. Read Part One here.
Ten years ago today in
Baghdad a terror attack blasted apart the UN headquarters in Iraq... At the moment of the
explosion Gil Loescher and Arthur Helton were sitting down to interview Sergio Vieira de
Mello for their joint openDemocracy column....
The export of policing is a global growth
industry in which the UK plays a major role. Recent years have seen the proliferation
of private security company involvement in international policing, often staffed
by former UK police officers.
Just after the Arab Spring was brutally crushed in Bahrain, Britain's John Yates, the former Assistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner, became an advisor to the Ministry of Interior. What happened next?
Next week is the 68th anniversary
of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Climbing down the nuclear
ladder is an undeniably complex task, but one the world’s politicians must
continue to rise to.
The history of tear gas traces a metamorphosis from chemical
weapon of warfare to 'legitimate' crowd control technology. Whilst casualties
are persistently blamed on 'misuse' by police and security forces, history
reveals tear gas to be an inherently dangerous weapon.