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North Korea: growing threat despite charm offensive

North Korea poses an array of security threats to its neighbours and the wider world, and these threats continue to grow. But for a short period this autumn, North Korea appeared to be making efforts on nearly every front to improve its image.

Countering hybrid threats: challenges for the West

The West's adversaries have increasingly sensed the advantages of mixing up tactics and gaining asymmetric advantages. Countering such 'hybrid' threats will require new responses.

Uighur militancy threatens China's 'new Silk Road'

China is hoping that Xinjiang can serve as a gateway for a 'new Silk Road', but the infusion of jihadism into a long-running separatist movement is a cause for concern.

Illegal mining strengthens criminal groups in Latin America

Governments across Latin America are enhancing their efforts to tackle illegal mining.

Ukraine conflict: risk of escalation remains

The Ukraine conflict has been pushed into a new phase by elections in separatist-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk. A renewal of hostilities is possible at any point in the coming months.

Turkey's Syria role risks instability at home, isolation abroad

Turkey’s decision to allow Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to reinforce Kobane appeared set to raise domestic security risks.

ISIS: the threat to homeland security

Western governments face a new homeland security preoccupation: the growing numbers of young Westerners joining Syrian rebel groups.

Hong Kong's protests hint at deeper problems for China

Recent protests reflect underlying political, social and cultural fissures between Hong Kong and mainland China. How this immediate test is handled could prove fundamentally important to the integrity of the country and government.