Alongside the emergence of an imminent security threat against Western targets, Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference continued its efforts to resolve the country’s problems through negotiation. But are expectations too high?
Day by day, the Syrian Civil War is attracting foreign fighters, particularly from Europe. While there is no clear evidence of such individuals being sent back to carry out terrorist acts, historically similar jihadist battlefields have produced terrorist threats of one form or another.
The Coroner presiding over the inquests of those who died on 7 July 2005 has ruled she will hear evidence on whether MI5 and the police could have prevented the attacks. The Government is now deciding whether to go along with this, challenge it in court or even stall the inquests and hold a public inquiry instead.
Government policy since 7/7 has placed equal importance on tackling terrorism at the grassroots level. 'Community-based counter-terrorism' might be at the so-called 'soft' end of the security spectrum, but it is the hardest to get right.
Coordinated emergency responses within and between the fire, ambulance and police service is hampered by the lack of standardised operational procedures, rather than technology according to a new report from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).
Since the end of the Cold War it has become much easier to tackle security issues by positive action. Western actors can go out to stop fights or even start them with no risk of escalation into world war, and relatively little exposure to classic tit-for-tat retaliation.