Security and Defence

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    Syria: Regime Change the Long Way Around?

    The commencement of air strikes against the assets of ISIS in Syria last month marked the opening of the US-led coalition’s second front against the extremist group. The assault began with a wave of US Tomahawk cruise missile attacks against ISIS facilities, and was followed up by raids using both manned aircraft and unmanned aerial combat vehicles. Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also contributed aircraft to the operation. In addition to ISIS, a group of apparent Al Qaeda operatives that were providing support to the Islamist Jabhat al-Nusra rebel group was also targeted.

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Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

Global Governance

The Policy Unit

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    The Graveyard of ‘Fortress Europe’: Migration crisis in the Mediterranean one year after Lampedusa

    On 3 October 2013 a boat carrying over 500 migrants from Eritrea and Somalia sunk off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, leading to the deaths of over 350 people; a few days later, a second incident occurred adding at least another 34 lives to the death toll. Following the tragedy of Lampedusa, the EU and its member states pledged that an end must come to migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, with the EU Parliament calling the incidents a turning point towards a new policy guided by ‘solidarity and responsibility’.[1] One year on, the pledge echoes hollow as new reports of incidents across the Mediterranean surface weekly.

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Religion and Politics

HSC in the Press and Media