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This month
November 2023
Tom Clonan: Gaza City could be utterly destroyed as a result of Israel's attacks
The security analyst and senator says what is happening right now in Gaza is an obscenity and a ceasefire must happen.
Last month
October 2023
Tom Clonan: International community needs to intervene to stop a catastrophe in the Middle East
The senator says terrorist attacks by Hamas have not advanced the cause of the Palestinian people.
Three perfect itineraries for a Saturday in Dublin
With a little help from Transport for Ireland, you can spend an amazing Saturday exploring the beautiful sights of South Dublin.
This year
Tom Clonan: There is a real danger now of serious injuries or fatalities at a far-right protest
The senator witnessed the Leinster House protests yesterday – he says irresponsible rhetoric or complacency from politicians will lead to even more violence.
Tom Clonan: Ukraine's counteroffensive comes at a high price, but Russia is in disarray
The security analyst assesses the first few months of Ukraine’s counteroffensive and the dark rumblings of discontent in Moscow.
Tom Clonan: Joining NATO doesn't benefit Ireland, but that doesn't excuse poor defence spending
The security analyst looks ahead to the government’s Consultative Forums on Neutrality and outlines why our position of military neutrality really matters.
Tom Clonan: Ukraine must now use the summer to mount its counter-offensive and push Putin back
Independent senator and defence analyst Tom Clonan examines what will happen as Ukraine launches its counter-offensive.
Tom Clonan: Ukraine's counter-offensive is imminent - but success will come at a terrible cost
The burning question over the coming days will be where, precisely, Zelenskyy’s forces will launch their attack.
Tom Clonan: Zelenskyy's forces need to begin a push back against Russia in the coming days
The security analyst examines what shape any heave by Ukrainians against Putin’s troops might take.
Tom Clonan: Defence Forces are deeply misogynistic and an unsafe workplace for women and men
Today’s report is a profound indictment of the toxic workplace culture of Óglaigh na hÉireann, Tom Clonan writes.
Tom Clonan: At a horrendous human cost, Putin is throwing the 'kitchen sink' at Bakhmut
The fall of the city – and its destruction – would be presented as a ‘victory’ for the Kremlin, security analyst Tom Clonan writes.
Tom Clonan: 'Putin's aggression is going nowhere as this war reaches its first anniversary'
The security analyst says Putin’s back is to the wall and the global community must redouble efforts to bring an end to this war.
Tom Clonan: How Leopard 2 tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
This is another decisive moment in the war in Ukraine.
Last year
Tom Clonan: Russia cannot ‘win’ this war on Ukraine - so what can we expect in 2023?
Escalation won’t alter the fact that a Russian victory is not possible, security analyst Tom Clonan writes.
Tom Clonan: Losing Kherson is a huge blow for Russia that will embolden the Ukrainian army
The security analyst looks at the recent gains for Ukraine and says it must now capitalise on this and win back more territory.
Tom Clonan: Putin has made another strategic blunder but this is a dangerous moment
The security analyst looks at the Russian president’s latest move and the level of threat he now poses.
Tom Clonan: Putin’s military miscalculations in Ukraine may prove to be his undoing
The security analyst says the stakes are high now as Ukraine troops push back and all eyes are now on Moscow.
Tom Clonan: There is now little chance of a Russian breakthrough in Ukraine
The security analyst says Putin’s tactics are failing and the international community must work hard to bring a peaceful end to the conflict.
Tom Clonan: Only Putin knows how far he is willing to go to win his futile war in Ukraine
The security analyst assesses Putin’s use of nuclear power as a weapon of war.
Tom Clonan: Time is running out for Putin in Ukraine and this makes him dangerous
The security analyst says that having seized all of Luhansk, Putin will now turn his attention to Donetsk.
Tom Clonan: Putin's Ukraine advance is a dogged, savage and illegal war of attrition
Our columnist says the Russian leader is showing no regard for Ukrainian or Russian lives in the latest assault in the east.
Tom Clonan: On day 75 of the war, the Russian war machine remains sluggish and without 'victory'
There was little for Putin to celebrate during this year’s ‘Victory Day’.
Tom Clonan: Russia's renewed assault on the Donbas region is an attempt to re-frame the narrative
For symbolic and propaganda reasons, Putin has a few weeks to turn things around in Ukraine, writes security analyst Tom Clonan.
Tom Clonan: Russia has pivoted to regenerate a major offensive on the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts
Security analyst Tom Clonan writes about how the Russian forces have taken out their frustrations on the civilian population.
Tom Clonan: A turning point has been reached in the invasion of Ukraine
The security analyst looks at the past few days of activity and peace talks and what that tells us about the future.
Tom Clonan: Russia has converted Mariupol into a pressure cooker of human suffering
However, the security analyst writes that the Russian military has been “mauled” on the approach to Kyiv.
Tom Clonan: Russia will now target more innocent civilians to achieve 'victory' in this war
The security analyst says based on the trajectory of this invasion, it’s now clear that the civilian population in Ukraine is a de facto target.
Tom Clonan: The Kremlin’s war aims are slowly revealing themselves - here's what we know
The security analyst says that it would appear at this point that the Russians are seeking to cut Ukraine in two.
Tom Clonan: Putin is waging a 1942 war in 2022, causing untold suffering and destruction
The security expert says the Russian leader has employed similar tactics in Grozny in Chechnya.
Tom Clonan: This war will test European values in a manner not seen since the 1940s
The choreography for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been protracted and overt, Tom Clonan writes.
Tom Clonan: By force or by diplomacy, Russia wants to re-take separatist territory from Ukraine
Russia’s recognition of the breakaway republics’ ‘2014 borders’ represents a declaration of intent to re-take the region, Tom Clonan writes.
Tom Clonan: The next 24 hours will be pivotal in the future of peace in Ukraine and Europe
The security analyst says a Russian invasion of Ukraine could mean the largest conventional ground offensive in Europe since World War II.
Tom Clonan: Will Russia stage a 'false flag' operation as a pretext to invading Ukraine?
Throughout history, false flag operations have been mounted many times to justify the invasion of a neighbouring territory.
All time
Tom Clonan: Dozens have contacted me since Women of Honour with stories of sexual assault and bullying
The security analyst says the recent documentary has merely scratched the surface of issues for women in the Defence Forces.
Tom Clonan: The Taliban's power grab was spectacular but they can't govern at gunpoint
The security analyst looks at the Taliban and discusses the possible future outcomes for the people of Afghanistan.
Tom Clonan: Afghanistan, its people and all military personnel are now in a race against time
The security analyst says the stakes couldn’t be higher in the days before the US withdrawal.
Tom Clonan: The Irish Army Ranger Wing face a treacherous Kabul - but they are highly trained
The security expert says every person evacuated from Kabul by the ARW will represent a life transformed, free of Taliban persecution.
Tom Clonan: The US loss to the Taliban will have severe global repercussions
The security expert looks at the fall of Afghanistan and how it all plays out on a global stage.
Tom Clonan: 'Scenes of desperation at Kabul Airport speak to the barbarity of the Taliban'
The events of the next 48 – 72 hours in Afghanistan are being shaped in a highly fluid and febrile environment, security expert Tom Clonan writes.
Tom Clonan: The Taliban's impending victory in Afghanistan is bad news for humanity
The security analyst says the Taliban brings its violent misogyny with it, meaning women and girls will suffer most.
Tom Clonan: Last night's attack in Vienna shows Islamic State is regrouping and shifting focus
Islamic State’s so-called ‘Caliphate’ took a beating last year, but the terror group has been revived from new bases in Africa, writes Tom Clonan.