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17 Jan 2017 10:42

Taking the terror out of terrorism (part 1)

A communication strategy that fails to place fear-reduction at its centre ignores how a terrorist act differs from many other forms of violence.

20 Jan 2017 12:35

Book review: Laos, the war that shaped the CIA

It is now four decades since the war in Laos ended, and it seems both strategically and psychologically more distant in the public mind than either the American involvement in Vietnam or the tragedy in Cambodia after 1975. Yet in this well-written, and clearly critical, book centred on Laos, Joshua...

20 Jan 2017 8:57

Theresa May's Brexit speech ushers in a post-liberal age

When she assumed the prime ministership in David Cameron’s wake, many Leavers regarded Theresa May – who had sat out the referendum campaign as a Remainer – with misgiving. But in her much-awaited speech on Tuesday at Lancaster House she dispelled all doubts. As Alex Massie put it in The Spectator...

19 Jan 2017 16:13

Obama’s legacy: Still a work in progress?

Barack Obama leaves office in the somewhat paradoxical position of enjoying unusually high approval ratings for a departing president, while also fearing the wholesale destruction of his legacy. Many of Obama’s most strident opponents have claimed that the election of Donald Trump was as...

19 Jan 2017 11:12

Trump inauguration: Mexico prepares for the 'upcoming war'

Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States.- Porfirio Díaz, President of Mexico, 1876-1911 With Friday's US presidential inauguration looming, the left-of-centre Mexican news magazine Proceso features a special report by prominent liberal Mexican commentators on what the Trump...

19 Jan 2017 9:30

Taking the terror out of terrorism (part 3)

This is the third post of a three-part series. For part one, click here, and for part two, click here. The relationship between terrorism and the media is long and well-established. To achieve their core aim of provoking irrational fear in large groups of people, terrorists have relied on the...