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Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

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.

Middle East nightmare, made in Washington

The United States talks to North Korea but seeks Saudi war on Iran.

After the Syria raid, what next?

The US-France-UK raid on Syria is less mission accomplished than situation worsened.

Attacking Assad: to do or not to do

A military escalation over Syria presents huge dangers. So how else to act?

ISIS, in eleven shades of black

A multilingual manual for the worldwide jihad signals ISIS's ambition. 

Britain's security, Labour's missed opportunity

Corbyn's party changed and won the argument on austerity. It could do the same on defence – but it doesn't want to try.  

Britain's other nuclear weapons

Behind the UK's nuclear-armed submarines are lesser known tactical warheads primed for battle.

Britain's security: time to rethink

A bitter dispute between London and Moscow dominates the agenda. Now more than ever, Britain needs to focus on its true interests.

Nuclear weapons: playing with fire

Britain's neglected history of nuclear accidents makes the case for a new safety regime.

Moscow's armourers and British tabloids

Russia has sent two advanced fighter jets to Syria. But this is a tale of its vulnerability as much as its strength.

The mystery of the Russian planes that never were

Is Russia a military threat to the west? A larger past and closer detail offer fresh light.   

Syria's wars: a new dynamic

The Israel-Iran antagonism risks fusing with the Russia-United States one.

A quick guide to nuclear weapons

The what, when, where of nuclear danger – and the good news about dispelling it.

A speech too far: Trump's delusion

George W Bush's post-9/11 address launched sixteen years of war. Donald Trump's sequel promises many more.     

Britain's military: costs of failure, symbols of vanity

The real security threats to the United Kingdom come not from Russia but from climate change, inequality and marginalisation.

ISIS and Tunisia-Iran: a deeper link

The anger and ideals of excluded young people contain a story of the world's disorder.

What are the chances of a nuclear nightmare?

Trump's tweet-talk, loose lips, and big button amplify the risks over Korea and Iran 

ISIS: the comeback

Iraq's depleted military and urban wreckage plant the seeds of an ISIS revival.

The next war: ISIS plus expertise

In the ashes of the caliphate lie the seeds of a new and even more dangerous ISIS.

Trump, Pence, Jerusalem: the Christian Zionism connection

The political use of a religious vision spells danger for Israel, America, and the world.

Trump's gift, Taliban's gain

In the seventeenth year of American-led war in Afghanistan, the gap between plan and outcome is as wide as ever. 

The Trump wars era

From Washington to Cairo, military aggression and "keeping the lid on" are proving deadly. And they will never work.

The myth of the "clean war"

Trump's worldview promises low-cost military success. The blasting apart of civilian lives in Iraq says otherwise. 

Making Britain Great Again – in a different way

By thinking big and making connections, Labour can raise people and country.

Remote war and public air

The CIA's military role in the Afghan morass shows the need for open democracy in an age of hidden violence.

Letter from London, not Raqqa

An ISIS adherent reports from his new base, in the latest of a series imagined by Paul Rogers.

ISIS, a global franchise

What do a Somalia truck, a Filipino city, and a Niger start-up have in common?

Trump vs Kim Jong-un: nuclear war by 2019?

The risk exists now. A potent mix of narcissism and nuclear bombs could trigger it.

Britain's global role: fantasy vs reality

The UK's government and military are trapped in a futile search for greatness, thus missing the country's true security challenges.

North Korea: a catastrophe foretold

Amid Trump and Kim Jong-un's perilous standoff, the history of nuclear near-accidents is a call to wisdom and caution.

Britain’s distant war

The latest attack in London is deeply connected to a hidden war Britain itself is waging.

ISIS: a war unwon

The Philippines, as much as Iraq and Syria, is a measure of the "war of terror" in 2017.

Trump in a fix: North Korea and Iran

Washington's post-9/11 rhetoric still traps the United States and endangers the world.

Iran, and a diplomacy deficit

Washington's enmity with Tehran, as much as that with Pyongyang, could spark into crisis. But who will avert it?

Raqqa defiant, a letter

An ISIS operative explains to a friend why he still feels optimistic, in the latest of a series imagined by Paul Rogers.

The Barcelona attack

After 16 years of the so-called war on terror, people feel no more secure than in the aftermath of 9/11.

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