Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Washington today is billed as a potential revival of the old US–UK ‘Special Relationship’. But is Britain still special in military terms to the US? And can the British deliver military capabilities the Americans really need?
A bloody prison riot in Brazil has highlighted the country’s growing role as a staging point for illicit drugs heading for Europe. While the EU has done a great deal to disrupt drug routes across the Atlantic, more attention needs to be paid to comparable developments in Brazil.
US President-elect Donald Trump’s preference for retired and serving generals for leading positions in his administration is controversial and has stimulated a renewed debate about the nature of the civil–military relationship.
If Trump enacts two of the main pledges from his presidential campaign – the wall along the US–Mexico border and mass deportations – he will be helping, not hindering, organised crime groups in the region.
With no clear strategy or set of political objectives, President Obama had set red lines for chemical weapons use in Syria. This has locked him into credibility spiral which was difficult for him to free from, even after a resolution to the chemical weapons question.
President Obama's recent speech on counter-terrorism policy defended drone strikes while suggesting a new determination to close Guantanamo. To undermine the narrative of international terrorists, he must show that force is a less efficient tool than the observance of universal values and the rule of law.
Recent allegations by the Canadian authorities about Al-Qa'ida in Iran has ignited a flurry of commentary. Experience suggests however that the release of limited intelligence of this nature is fraught with dangers for the public trust and risks being counter-productive.
As motives and operational set-up of the Boston bombers become known, urgent questions will be asked about how US intelligence agencies are prioritising threats in the United States. The case reveals the huge dilemma faced in collecting, evaluating and acting on credible intelligence leads.