Things Fall Apart: Nigeria Slides toward Sectarian Conflict

By: James Marcus Bridger Just two short years ago, the Islamist militant organization Boko Haram was discounted by government and intelligence officials as a spent force that lacked the organizational capabilities to threaten the state or endanger foreign interests. By 2011 however, the group had evolved from a small religious sect to a simmering regional […]

Guatemala: Central America’s Most Tormented Nation

By: Kavita Bapat On 8 December, Mexican police seized 205 tons of drug precursor chemicals at the bustling Lazaro Cardenas port. The chemicals originated in China and were destined for Guatemala’s Puerto Quetzal, one of the world’s busiest intersections for illegal drugs. Guatemala’s position as an interlocking state between Colombia and the US along with […]

A Modern Missile Gap

By: Simon Miles Russia will deploy its own missiles, with enhanced missile defence penetration technology, if the US and NATO do not halt in their project for a pan-European missile defence network, President Dimitri Medvedev warned. Furthermore, the western enclave of Kaliningrad will be host to a new arsenal of tactical weapons. With obvious relish, […]

Cyber Security Part IV: Cyber Terrorism

By: Jason Wiseman After addressing the points of contention between states and cyber security, this brings us to a new juncture of the unknown, cyber terrorism. Having crept its way into the concerns of policy makers and security officials around the world, the issue of a cyber attack being initiated by a terrorist organization must […]

Cyber Security Part III: Cyber Espionage

By: Jason Wiseman Of all the issues covered in this series of security briefs on cyberspace, none is more critical than cyber-espionage. As of today, cyber espionage is the most common and persistent threat to national security emanating from the digital realm. Not only is this an easier and newer intercept method, it is cheaper, […]