Central Asia’s Authoritarians Stare Down A Year of Disorder

Political turmoil and uncertainty beset Central Asia in 2022. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan faced domestic, regional and international challenges exacerbated by the war in Ukraine. This brought into sharp relief both the systemic threats to peace and stability Read More …

As democracy comes under threat globally, isn’t it time for a system check?

The ripple effect of the egregious and multi-pronged attacks, targeting all the pillars of democracy in the United States offers a cautionary tale. But truth be told, no system is “pitch perfect” and devoid of unique encumbrances, be it parliamentary, Read More …

Tanks for Ukraine Have Shifted the Balance of Power in Europe

When the German and U.S. governments finally agreed this week to supply some of their most formidable battle tanks to Ukraine, the balance of power within Europe perceptibly shifted. For months, President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, fearing Read More …

Global Urban Analytics for Resilient Defence

Understanding the mechanics that cause conflict and identifying multi-scale population areas that are at risk of conflict Research areas Mathematical physics || Information Theory (Applied Mathematics) || Graph Theory Introduction The defence and security sector is increasingly facing a myriad Read More …

Where Does South Asia Fit Now in US Security and Defense Strategies?

The latest U.S. National Security Strategy (NSS) and National Defense Strategy (NDS) categorically highlight China’s assertive behavior in the Indo-Pacific and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as threats to the U.S.-led liberal international order. South Asia in terms of regional priorities Read More …

The evolution of the concept of information warfare in the modern information society of the post-truth era

The development of technology, communication tools and the spread of Internet access in the 21st century, have made the modern citizen of Western liberal democracies a citizen of not only an information society, but also a network society. This means Read More …

Realising the EU Hybrid Toolbox: Opportunities and Pitfalls

In recent years European and other nations have been increasingly targeted by different manipulation or coercion tactics that remain under the threshold of violence, and are commonly referred to as hybrid threats. For instance, in 2016 the elections in the Read More …