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Paranoia and contradiction define Trump’s National Security Strategy
Comment & analysis

Paranoia and contradiction define Trump’s National Security Strategy

US President Donald Trump released the National Security Strategy (NSS) last month, providing an important insight into his administration’s worldview and its stance on global security issues. Ursala Knudsen-Latta and David Alpher explore some of the key pillars that define the strategy and what they might mean for US engagement abroad.

9 January 2018
Keeping USAID: why the US shouldn’t cut off its nose
Blog

Keeping USAID: why the US shouldn’t cut off its nose

News is filtering out that the Trump administration plans not only to slash foreign aid, but also dismantle USAID, incorporating its component parts into the Department of State. David Alpher explains why the US should keep on delivering aid through a dedicated agency.

28 April 2017
‘Privilege violence’: why polarised democracies yield violence
Blog

‘Privilege violence’: why polarised democracies yield violence

Where wealth and power is concentrated, security institutions may be instrumentalised to protect the economic and political elite at the expense of wider security and rule of law. Dr Rachel Kleinfeld calls this type of violence Privilege Violence, because it stems not from a state that is weak – but from a power structure that enables violence against some citizens as the price for maintaining extreme privilege.

30 January 2017
Court action to implement the Arms Trade Treaty
Blog

Court action to implement the Arms Trade Treaty

Originally published on the Forum on the Arms Trade's Looking Ahead blog, Roy Isbister looks at the UK High Court hearing in 2017 to review the legality of  UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia in light of violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen.

19 December 2016