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The politics of national security: how safe would an independent Scotland be?

What are the security considerations to keep in mind when debating for or against Scottish independence? Although independence is unlikely to pose an existential threat to Scotland, there are still important issues to consider – despite being given little attention … Continue reading

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‘Scotland’s Defence’ at the Festival of Politics: Staying above politics is still politics

Reblogged from: The Future of Scotland and UK Dr Andrew Neal blogs from the Festival of Politics 2013 This was an elegant lesson in democratic politics. A few in the audience wanted to heckle and speak out of turn. The … Continue reading

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Social networks and security politics

This will be the decade of the social network, and social networks have become a focus of security politics. It is not that social networks are a security threat – nothing so crude. And it is not as simple as … Continue reading

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The many faces of Carry on Qatada

British security politics last week descended into farce. The lawyers of radical cleric Abu Qatada lodged an appeal against his deportation to Jordan an hour before a deadline set by the European court of human rights. The Home Office had … Continue reading

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Would Scotland be less safe alone?

Independent Scotland at risk from terrorism, Theresa May claims | Politics | The Guardian. At the Scottish Conservative conference in March, Theresa May, the home secretary, suggested that an independent Scotland would be more at risk from terrorism. She said … Continue reading

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