A week after the atrocity in Manchester, it is now possible to draw some preliminary conclusions: there clearly was a breakdown in the intelligence flow that led to suicide bomber Salman Abedi slipping through the net; there are enduring questions about the UK’s Prevent anti-terrorism strategy; and, finally, there are the weaknesses of ‘soft targets’ that such an attack invariably expose.
As the battle for Mosul rages on and Daesh is put under increasing pressure in other parts of Iraq and Syria, how will the threat from the group evolve? Will Daesh end up following the path of Al-Qa’ida, with regional affiliates becoming more prominent?
The latest anti-corruption and anti-government demonstrations in Romania, the biggest since the overthrow of the communist regime in 1989, raise difficult questions about the country’s political transformation. But they should raise fewer doubts about Romania’s continued commitment to European integration, or about the country’s place in Europe. For although acute, Romania’s problems are shared...
The illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is estimated to generate up to $23 billion per annum globally in illicit profits. Remarkably, it is still being treated as a wildlife crime rather than a form of organised crime, ignoring the financial dimension. A financial approach to tackling IWT is urgently needed.
Christine Chinkin, Marsha Henry and Aiko Holvikivi
UN peacekeepers are deployed to make local populations more safe and secure. They must not be allowed to become another source of insecurity for the people they are sent to serve. The new Secretary-General should commit to gender equality in order to ensure that peacekeeping lives up to its promise.