The death of former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani earlier this month casts a long shadow over Iranian politics and broader domestic developments. It is particularly significant in light of the looming presidential elections.
The latest military agreement between Qatar and Turkey has been a long-time in the making. It is also an expression of dated defence thinking in Gulf states that looks to military purchases and agreements with foreign powers rather than sustainable capacity building.
2015 will be a critical year for the financial battle against Daesh. The focus on the group’s financing will undoubtedly restrict Daesh in Syria and Iraq, but the group is proliferating abroad. The international community needs to get ahead of the financial curve.
As the coalition enters its sixth month of air strikes, a new parliamentary report analyses the UK’s response to the so-called Islamic State. What are the factors affecting policy-makers, and should the UK be doing more?
Over the New Year, two boats were intercepted by authorities, carrying migrants that have paid criminal groups to transport them to Europe through illegal means. The practice highlights the adaptability of organised crime groups, but also their increasingly businesslike nature.