Friday, 24 June 2016

Africa and Ballistic Missiles

By Scott Morgan

On June 1st, India signed on to the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation. By doing this they became the 138th Nation to accept this protocol which seeks to regulate activities regarding ballistic missiles.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Analysis: Ambassador Daniel Shapiro's Words at the Herzliya Conference 2016

America is today one of Israel's closest friends. It's undeniable. This week, we are going to take a look at some of Daniel Shapiro's (the US Ambassador to Israel) words delivered at the 2016 Herzliya Conference, where he stated that the solution to counter the BDS Movement is the establishment of a Palestinian State – yes, you read it well.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Saudi Arabia’s CT Image Problem Part 1: Yemen

By Scott Morgan

For the last few weeks the Saudis have not been happy. There has been a negative viewing of their Counterterrorism Efforts. The problem is so severe that they have been organizing briefings for Congressional Staffers and passing out a report highlighting their efforts in this endeavor.

There are several points that the Kingdom seeks to raise to a partner that they seem to be losing some trust in. One of those points will be highlighted in this report. This will be the intervention in its Southern neighbor Yemen a little more than a year ago.

Hold on for a second. Didn’t President Obama highlight the US efforts in CT with the former regime of Ali Saleh as a success? The answer is yes. So then what happened in the Country for the Saudis to make the decision - along with their allies in the GCC (Gulf Coordination Council) - to intervene as chaos emerged in the country - lying at the Southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula?

The image that the Saudis are portraying is that the Iranians were intervening in the situation. In the report, the Saudis became concerned with the increasing number of flights between the Capital of Yemen and Iran. The Houthis - an ethnic group that had its influence reduced after a Peace Deal forced President Ali Saleh to leave power - took up arms to highlight their displeasure with the accord.

So it appears that Riyadh does not want a State with Iranian Influence too close to their borders. We know that during the Arab Spring, Saudi Arabia sent troops into neighboring Bahrain to quash an uprising, which is interesting due to the rumors that Washington signed off on this in exchange for Saudi Support for the Western Intervention into Libya (that removed Qaddafi).

This appears to highlight a Sunni vs Shia concern. The Saudis are concerned with an expanding Iranian Influence in the region. The Nuclear Deal with Iran that the US signed with other Countries will only increase these fears. The longer the operations continue within Yemen between the Saudi backed Government and the Iranian Backed Insurgents the more likely this conflict will appear to resemble the fighting in Syria - viewed as a proxy war between Tehran and Riyadh.

What position does this put the US in? After all, this was actually touted by President Obama as a success in his Foreign Policy. So why then did the situation within Yemen collapse?

Did the US lose interest? Or scale back operations in a cost cutting measure? It seems that the latter seems to be the case. Scaling back coordination and training by the US appears to have created an opportunity that Tehran wants to exploit, Riyadh doesn’t want to and the rest of the Middle East and the World are wondering how many people will have to suffer as neighbors cannot play nice.

(Image: Aftermath of airstrike in Sanaa - BBC) 

[The views expressed in this publication are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dissecting Society]

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Ilegal Migration and the EU Court of Justice's Politicised Interpretations of the Law

It was reported the EU Court of Justice (EUCJ) ruled that non-EU migrants who enter a Member State illegally should not face detention on those grounds – instead they should be returned to the country they came from under the “Return Directive”. But when each EU Member State has specific laws regarding illegal entrance in their territory and the EU Treaty says that National Law is sovereign: what did immigration-related IGOs and NGOs celebrate exactly?