Finding a balance between state security and human security remains a central problem for the ever-expanding surveillance infrastructures now pervasive across the global system.
Aspects that mirror the ‘real world’ in the television series ‘Spooks’ blur the line between fantasy and reality while they allow the public to become aware of British intelligence operations.
The protection of human rights from terrorist threats and the counterterrorism efforts that follow need to be in accordance with human rights standards in order to maintain legitimacy.
The War on Terror has greatly altered the role of Western security services: many changes have been products of the Bush Doctrine, and have been furthered by Obama’s policies.
Clausewitz and Sun Tzu’s writings remain relevant, but Clausewitz provides more useful tools to conceptualize the different forms of modern political violence.
While the Cuban Missile Crisis provides some evidence that nuclear weapons act as a deterrent, it would be misleading to assume that a peaceful end was inevitable.
In the current financial crisis, NATO must encourage cooperation among its members via the Smart Defence Initiative to ensure better preparedness and increased operational efficiency.
British intelligence failures can be found chronologically and at all stages of the intelligence cycle, most notably the failure to prevent the 7/7 attacks.