Ceasefires, barrel bombs, civilian casualties, large migration flows, Bashar al-Assad, rebels, and the Islamic State, also known as Daesh; when looking at the Middle East, all attention is focused on Syria right now. Looming in the shadows of neighboring countries however – in Libya, Yemen, Iraq – are several conflicts all affected by a similar foe, […]

The migrant crisis will impede our ability to deliver Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Post-2015, officials of the United Nations (UN) and other stakeholders started to think carefully about what development meant in this new era. Breaking down perceptions beyond extreme poverty or maternal health is still crucially important, but as a global development community, we acknowledged […]

The Iraqi people have lived through decades of war, repression and dictatorship. The Iran-Iraq War, two Gulf Wars, Saddam Hussein’s tyranny, the ongoing insurgency and political “transition” and now the Islamic State group. Iraq’s sectarian make-up and former secular regime has made it a hotbed of tension, even by Middle East standards. When periods of […]

The nature of war has well and truly changed. Experts have commentated that conflict is now more protracted and marred with brutal and ‘dirty’ strategies. That applies to the conflicts we know about – what about those we don’t. War seems to be acting out in more covert ways supposedly in the pursuit of national […]

Suicide bombings – a chilling and archetypal representation of terrorism for the West – have increased year-on-year, and 2015 has seen the most number of suicide attacks led by Improvised Explosive Devices to date. Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) reported that 10,538 persons were killed or injured in suicide attacks with 9,109 of the victims being civilians. This is a 78 percent escalation over […]

Calais is no longer just a port for cheap cheese and wine but a microcosm of tensions around the European migrant crisis. On Friday 12 February, Marianne Humbersot of the Calais Legal Centre, situated in Calais’ Jungle Camp, announced that they would be calling for action against a rising paradigm of violence in the city against the migrant […]

The decision made by a Judge to uphold the Calais Prefecture’s intention to evict and destroy part of the Jungle denied any infringement on human rights and deemed it in the best interest of public order and the migrants themselves. Yesterday a French judge ruled in favour of the French Prefecture, the defence in a […]