In the last few weeks, gangs based in Somalia kidnapped tourists visiting Kenya. Just a few days later, a massive suicide bomb ripped through Mogadishu, claiming dozens of lives and shattering the relative peace that had followed Shabaab's withdrawal. The events pose a fresh challenge to the Somali government's road map for security and development.
It has been over a year since the Government published plans for future policing reform. A distinct absence of strategic thinking means those plans still lack clarity and coherence especially in the area of counter-terrorism.
Will the international community seize the opportunity presented by the famine in the Horn of Africa to re-energise its efforts against Al-Shabaab and develop a sustained campaign of assistance for Somalia?
Reinforcing the need to introduce identity cards, the use of the Internet in propagating extremism and the need to counter financial support for terrorism were some of the key points of a speech delivered by Chancellor Gordon Brown at the Royal United Services Institute today.
In a talk, entitled ‘Securing our future’, the Chancellor outlined his vision of where and how Britain...
By SANDY BELL July 14, 2005
Wall Street Journal Europe
LONDON -- As one of the vast army of people who commutes to central London daily, I drove to my local train station last Friday. To my slight surprise, the car park was a lot less full than usual. I stopped to buy a newspaper and a coffee but spent the 45-minute trip wondering why it never occurred to me not to make my normal journey the...