While Europe bickers, China takes charge.

This week in London one would be excused for thinking that the only thing happening of any political interest was Brexit – the UK’s process of leaving the world’s largest free trade block. But larger issues are taking place that at first seem disconnected, yet which in reality show China’s isn’t ‘growing’, but arguably ‘grown’. …

Terrorists like the Christchurch gunman feed off everyday hate – it’s up to us to fight it at its source

The recent attack in New Zealand reminds us that terror can strike anywhere. One of the critical objectives of terrorists is to inspire fear, copy-cat attacks and perhaps even to provoke retaliation so that their “inter-cultural war” may continue. In situations like these, it’s usually said we can “only hope” that security services successfully stop additional attacks. …

It is up to all of us to counter extremism.

Over the years I have observed, interacted with and studied radical extremism as a visiting professor at Kings College, as a practitioner conducting on the ground negotiations in humanitarian settings, and as a member of an expert panel on negotiations with non-state groups. I am always saddened but rarely shocked by extremist’s acts.  If there …