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Our guest editor, Valsamis Mitsilegas, director of the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary University of London, introduces this week’s theme: Privacy and Surveillance in 2016.

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.

A Raqqa letter: assessing the west

For a young adherent in Islamic State territory, American and British politics are a source of optimism.

Disarming war: the Hawk Ploughshares story

Two decades on, an inspiring example of successful direct action against powerful states and the arms industry is recalled.

The global divide: knowledge into action

A failing economic model is inflicting terrible damage on the biosphere. The agenda for worldwide change is here.

Syria-Iraq: civilian deaths, British denials

The British government's response to scrutiny of its current military actions is evasive. But mounting evidence of civilian casualties makes this untenable.

Remote warfare: the chemical danger

A fusion of drone systems and chemical agents is set to transform the landscape of combat for states and non-state actors alike.

Floods, climate, and neglect: a reflection

Across northern England, local communities are under water from epic floods. Yet no one in government makes the link with climate change.

Afghanistan's new phase

In the fourteenth year of Afghanistan's war, a resurging Taliban and expanding ISIS are forcing the west to react.

Jeremy Corbyn’s first 100 days, revisited

The leader of Britain's Labour Party continues to inspire his supporters and confound his critics. Is he behind the times, or ahead of them? 

America vs ISIS: towards real war

The spreading influence of ISIS is forcing Washington into a strategic decision: escalate. 

Britain in Syria: a gift to ISIS

The impact of London's vote for airstrikes in Syria will be magnified by ISIS's media war.

ISIS's plan, and the west's trap

The pattern of conflict since 2001 teaches a lesson that western states refuse to learn.

The west vs ISIS: a new stage

A United Nations resolution will intensify the war against ISIS. Such an outcome carries three grave risks.

The Paris atrocity, and after

ISIS's violent assaults in France's capital should lead to a political rethink among western leaders. But will they?

Syria, another 'all-American' war?

The retreat of Washington's allies from the anti-ISIS campaign has disturbing echoes of its Iraq experience. 

Sinai's blowback, Sisi-Putin's shock

The destruction of a Russian Airbus A321 over Egypt creates acute problems for both state leaders.

Iraq war and ISIS: the connection

Tony Blair's admission of a link between the war in Iraq and the rise of ISIS holds a clue to what may lie ahead.

Nonviolence, Palestine and the world

The rich history and resources of civil resistance – and its many examples of success – offer some hope for progress even in the dire conditions of Palestine. 

From Raqqa: the war escalates

A correspondent in the Islamic State heartland is energised by United States-led and Russian attacks alike.

The airstrike harvest

From Afghanistan to Syria and Iraq, western assaults take lives and fuel enmity. Now Russia has joined in, the chances of blowback grow yet higher.

Russia in Syria, and a flawed strategy

Moscow's entry into Syria's war is a challenge to the United States. But it also conjoins the two powers in military-political blunderland. 

A world in transformation

The refugees' great march to Europe highlights global fractures that can no longer be avoided.   

Britain's nuclear plans: the Corbyn factor

In the debate about replacing the Trident nuclear system, there is space for options that link British to international experience.  

Remote control vs Islamic State: a new phase

Britain's drone-killing of two of its ctizens in Syria sets a precedent with implications for states and conflicts elsewhere in the world.

Migration, climate and security: the choice

The forces driving people's movement into Europe were already apparent in a near forgotten incident of 1991.

Air war vs Islamic State: myth and reality

The intense United States-led bombardment in Syria-Iraq is escalating. But how effective is it?

Jeremy Corbyn’s first 100 days

What alarms the opponents of the Labour Party's probable next leader? That he is not thirty years behind the times - but ten years ahead.

Blowback: Iraq war to Islamic State

A direct line connects the United States-led campaign against Iraqi insurgents in 2004-07 and the war being fought today.

The thirty-year war, renewed

Islamic State's spreading influence in a range of countries makes the military efforts of the United States-led coalition look almost irrelevant.

What’s behind the Corbyn surge?

The wave of support for Jeremy Corbyn in the race to be Labour Party leader reflects a generation's search for a path beyond neoliberal austerity.

Raqqa writes back

A sixth letter from Islamic State territory reveals elements of the group's thinking about current international developments.

On not bombing Syria

British pilots are revealed to have been engaged in attacks on Islamic State in Syria. The government plans to make this role explicit and direct. What will be the consequences?

Islamic State: why so resilient?

After months of bombing by the United States and its allies, Islamic State has survived and even expanded. Its unique character explains why. 

Ten theses on security in the 21st century

What have we learned from the openSecurity experience as the section goes into hiatus? A lot. But governments, police and military, surveillance agencies? Not so much.

Islamic State vs Britain

The massacre of tourists in Tunisia's coastal resort of Sousse reveals Islamic State's intention to target Britain. There is more to come.

Sousse, Kuwait, Lyon: a triple alert

A single day's armed attacks reflect the intensity of the Islamic State war and are an augur of more to come.

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