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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 17:06

Will Modi and Trump get along?

In 2014, a man known for his naked populism, an aggressively self-referential election campaign and millions of Twitter followers was elected leader of the world’s largest democracy. Celebrated for his astute business acumen, he served up an intoxicating cocktail of cultural nationalism,...

20 Jan 2017 15:08

Obama's legacy: Bold leadership on climate

Battling climate change was a signature issue of President Barack Obama’s tenure, particularly during the his second term. In contrast, President-elect Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, vowed to roll back climate regulations such as the Clean Power Plan (CPP...

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...