For the first time, a European country has used military force to carry out the premeditated killing of a specific individual outside the context of regular hostilities. Apart from the issue of whether targeted strikes are an effective or wise policy against terrorism, the UK’s latest move raises huge legal questions.Read More »
Charlie Hebdo: Middle East Blowback?
The Charlie Hebdo killings, whatever their connections to the current wars in the Middle East, were acts of terrorism that should be handled by law enforcement. Blowback from these wars has so far been minimal in Europe. By resisting narratives of civilizational conflict and pushing for a ceasefire in the Syrian war, European governments can do even more to reduce the threat of this blowback.Read More »
More Must be Done to Protect Journalists Like James Foley
“Journalism was James Foley’s reason to live and it should never have been his reason to die.” Media organizations have a responsibility to look after their staff - too many journalists are being killed for doing their jobs.Read More »
French Force Rides the Winds of Change in Sahel
France may be shutting down its military operation in Mali, but that doesn’t mean French troops are going anywhere anytime soon. Instead, Operation Serval will be replaced by the bigger, brasher and bolder Operation Barkhan, France’s master plan to forever rid the Sahel of the scourge of Islamist extremism.Read More »