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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

International Security Correspondent Paul Rogers provides weekly commentary on the 'war on terror'. His acute commentaries are an indispensable guide to explaining the present conflict's development and mapping the future.

Irregular war, and how to reverse it

A military-led response to violent movements such as ISIS and al-Qaida misses the wider global forces that are triggering their rise.

ISIS's squeeze, al-Qaida's return

Aleppo burns and Mosul reels. But in the background, yet more conflicts are incubating.

Russia and the west: risks of hype

An inflated view of Russia's power, influenced by its role in Syria, could hasten further destructive conflict.

Mosul, the next target

The complex military operation to seize Iraq's second city from ISIS's grip is a microcosm of the long war.

ISIS against, and in, the west

The retreat of the caliphate in Iraq-Syria signals a new phase in the 30-year war.

The thirty-year war: still on track

A judgment made during the chaotic invasion of Iraq in 2003 sadly needs no revision.

America's new war: drone to death-ray

Washington's move to limit proliferation of armed drones is part of its search for a sharper military-technological edge.

The Corbyn crowd, and its signal

What is really going on in Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party? An open-air meeting and the changes in a ward branch give some clues.

Afghanistan, dynamic of war

A renewed Taliban offensive is forcing Washington to bolster Kabul. Fifteen years after 9/11, the conflict has turned full circle.

Adam Curle, peace scholar: a centenary symposium

Bradford University's pioneering department devoted to peace education and research is honouring its founding professor. The world's conflicts make it a timely event.

Syria-Iraq and beyond: octopus wars

Only a change of dynamic towards diplomacy can offer an alternative to endless conflict in the Middle East.

Climate science: revolution is here

A host of innovations in energy technology is transforming the climate-change outlook – one of the world's three required paradigm shifts.

ISIS's war: real to virtual, far to near

A series of attacks beyond its core territory reveals Islamic State's capacity to adapt and to plan for the long term.

Raqqa to the world: a letter

How might a young British adherent of ISIS, now in Syria, see the intensifying war? The latest letter in a series imagined by Paul Rogers.                       

Britain's nuclear-weapons future: no done deal

A new British nuclear arsenal will face great obstacles. Not least: is it legal?

After Nice: Why we urgently need to rethink counter-terrorism

The carnage in France's Mediterranean resort shows, yet again, a profound failure to understand ISIS and groups like them. Military solutions are not the answer -- we need new policy on global security. 

Chilcot's Iraq: the missing piece

The response to a major report on Britain's role in Iraq needs to grasp how war itself is changing. 

After Brexit, a time for new thinking

Britain's vote to leave the European Union comes at a critical time for three major global security challenges.

The climate pioneers: look south

A potential low-carbon revolution is taking shape in the global south. But it needs funding support to achieve development lift-off.

ISIS after Orlando: a multiform war

  • The massacre in Florida and latest killings in France are connected to the United States-led assault on the self-declared caliphate.

Peter Oborne's "Not the Chilcot Report": a review

An official verdict on Britain's policy towards Iraq, and Tony Blair's role in the 2003 invasion, is imminent. But the journalist Peter Oborne gets there first.

Mission creep or mission rush?

The United States's military deployments in Iraq signal the escalation of the anti-ISIS war. In a wider context this is a profound moment.

Britain's nuclear deep: a new transparency

The military doctrine of submarine-based security is being exposed by underwater drones. But will the British state change course?

Climate disruption, the new reality

The present experience of climate change in Australia and Canada has major importance for the life of the planet.

Drone warfare: the cost of progress

Western military planners see armed drones as the route to battlefield ascendancy. But rapid technological advance is shredding their dream.

ISIS in action: Tel Askuf decoded

The combat death of an American soldier in Iraq gives a revealing insight into ISIS's military capacity.

Jeremy Corbyn, the future not the past

It is time to see Labour's leader in a new perspective. Can his party's MPs rise to the challenge?

A civil military: the global future

A new class of naval vessels customised for emergency aid could hold vital lessons for the world, starting with Britain.

America vs ISIS, the prospect

The United States' military deployments in the Middle East augur escalating war – and a return to 'boots on the ground'.

The war on terror: an interim report

Al-Qaida and ISIS bookmark a fifteen-year era of global conflict marked by western hubris and failure.

The west's shadow war

The expanding use of special forces to combat ISIS risks repeating the abuse and failure of the campaign against al-Qaida.   

After Brussels, ISIS's strategy

Tunisia, Paris, and now Brussels: escalating attacks on western targets reflect a shift of focus by ISIS.

The extending war: ISIS to AQIM

A resilient al-Qaida-linked group now operates across Africa's state borders. The west's response is failing. 

Nuclear disarmament: the prospects

The chances for a treaty banning nuclear weapons worldwide may seem remote. But there are positive trends.

Britain's deep-sea defence: out of time?

The United Kingdom's flagship military asset, its nuclear-armed submarine force, faces a coming 'swarm' of underwater technology.

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