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Crispian Cuss

Crispian Cuss is a former British Army officer who lives and works in Southeast Asia. He currently acts as a defence and security consultant.

War & Conflict

The battle for Mosul: The beginning of the end

As Iraqi forces look to regain control of Mosul, both sides are choosing their tactics with an eye to the future.

War & Conflict

The returning jihad: ISIL in Southeast Asia

As ISIL loses territory in Iraq and Syria, the nature of the threat in Southeast Asia is set to change.

Politics

Why Brexit will disappoint Brexiters

The outcome will be a far cry from the sunny utopian uplands of independence many Brexiters are expecting.

War & Conflict

Why Britain was right to vote Yes

Many of the arguments against air strikes were based on emotion rather than an understanding of the military campaign.

War & Conflict

The long arm of British law

Will the deaths of high-profile British ISIL fighters act as a deterrent for others thinking of following their path?

War & Conflict

Europe's policy did not kill Aylan Kurdi

Welcoming more refugees to Europe will not solve the problem.

War & Conflict

ISIL hated Moaz al-Kassasbeh because air strikes work

What Jordanian pilot's slaying really showed was how scared ISIL is of their enemies in the sky.

Politics

A very secular jihad

Western fighters on the Kurdish front lines is a counter-narrative to the thousands of foreigners who have joined ISIL.

Politics

The US has a new friend in the region: Iran

A calculated strategic swap of allegiances as Iran replaces Saudi Arabia as the United States' favou

War & Conflict

Back for more: The US and Iraq

The US knows it cannot destroy ISIL alone but the region knows it cannot do without US leadership an

Politics

The Islamic State: Why mainstream media didn't see it coming

The Islamic State has been quick to exploit the gap in mainstream media reporting on the violence in Iraq.