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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.

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.

Arms bazaar: needs wars, eats lives

A world of conflict and fear means boom time for big military companies.

Trump vs North Korea: a 1945 echo

Trump's bombast amplifies a perilous nuclear crisis. North Korea remembers the Truman plan. The risk of war is real. 

North Korea: the art of the deal

Pyongyang is close to its nuclear-weapons goal. Diplomacy – and a sense of history – are now needed.

Afghanistan: despair...then imagine

A big policy shift could still halt Kabul's downward spiral. Welcome to a parallel universe.

How Labour can make Britain secure

The UK's defence and security policy is outdated. It's time for a positive and internationalist approach.

What the taking of Mosul means

Victory is declared in Iraq's second city. But ISIS is undefeated, and the long war continues.

A world in trouble: drought, war, food, flight

The disruptions of climate and conflict are sparking perilous global insecurity.

ISIS: the long-term prospect

The caliphate is besieged. But ISIS can take heart from global trends working in its favour.

Corbyn's Labour: now look outwards

After its electoral breakthrough, Labour needs to embrace a new internationalism.

Britain and ISIS: a need to rethink

Jeremy Corbyn's speech before the Manchester attack points a way beyond the "war on terror". 

Corbyn, and an election surprise

A fresh approach to security and austerity highlights the choice for Britain's voters.

The Corbyn crowd, and its message

In Yorkshire, the spontaneous popular response to the Labour leader hints at an undercurrent in Britain's election. Could it yet break through?

Raqqa: a movement's optimism

An adherent in the ISIS-held city remains hopeful, in the latest of a series of imagined letters.

North Korea, the US-UK's latest target?

Washington and London's joint military exercises with Seoul raise questions that should be asked in Britain's election campaign.

A nuclear peril, and its silences

The true history of Britain's nuclear-weapons policy should be discussed frankly, not buried in evasion and smear.

Trump’s wars: more to come

The American president's domestic failures are fuelling militarism abroad. It's a dangerous mix.

Britain’s secret wars

A new report on the use of special forces against ISIS opens a window onto Britain's changing military strategy in the Trump era.

Mosul: a very dangerous victory

The intense military bombardments in Mosul are fuelling the next Iraqi civil war.

Washington's wars: in a fix

A distracted Trump administration is unable to focus even on its own anti-ISIS summit.

Raqqa towards victory: a letter

Even in a city preparing for siege, an adherent of Islamic State remains confident. The latest of a series imagined by Paul Rogers. 

Iraq and beyond: hidden, secret wars

The west's military focus has shifted towards covert use of special forces. Both the human costs and the blowback risks are escalating.

ISIS's "far-enemy" friends

The western politicians most hostile to Islam are feeding ISIS's worldview.

After Mosul, what?

Amid a bitter contest for Iraq's second city, Baghdad's sectarian militias and Washington's new order cast a shadow over the future.

Trump's Afghan test

The trend of events in Afghanistan, as much as in Washington, makes the aim of crushing ISIS look even more remote.

Trump on the offensive

A surge in America's military power, led by special forces and new weapons, augurs an even more dangerous era in global security.

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