US Army armoured vehicles on Day 4 of NATO's 'Operation Dragoon Ride' – US Army Europe via Flickr
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NATO-Russia Security Dilemma

US Army armoured vehicles on Day 4 of NATO’s ‘Operation Dragoon Ride’ – US Army Europe via Flickr

With over a year having passed since NATO-Russia relations began their rapid decline following the Ukraine crisis, it appears that NATO and Russia are now engaged in a ‘security dilemma’. This term, often associated with the realist school(s) of …

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Rainbow Marches and “Propaganda” Laws: Pride and Prejudice

Photo credit: Rupert Holland, Slaney Street. Retrieved from Networks23

On May 1 of this year, Russian LGBT human rights activists marched alongside their compatriots in St. Petersburg’s annual Labor Day parade. In a country famous for its draconian anti-LGBT legislation, agents of the Russian state—namely, the police—intervened on behalf of their LGBT nationals. When Vitaly …

President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin - via Wikimedia Commons
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Revisionist Russia: A generational conflict?

President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. Photo source: via Wikimedia Commons.

That Vladimir Putin was once hailed as a modernising President seems now like a bad joke. He has spent 15 years at the heart of Russian politics, including almost three full terms as President and two as Prime Minister. In this time …

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Russia’s Relationship with NGO’s


Image Source: “Moscow 05-2012 Kremlin 22″ by A.Savin. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

In July 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into effect the (now) infamous ‘Foreign Agent Law.’  In short, the law mandates that non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) who receive international funding register with the Russian government as foreign agents and complete regular …

Blog / International Security

Finding Balance: The role of cyberspace in Russian ‘hybrid warfare’

Putin’s “Little Green Men” at the Perevalne military base.

During the period of decolonisation in the twentieth century, the global security community developed a binary system for analysing the conflicts taking place around the world both between and within nations. Wars were either high intensity and conventional or low intensity and unconventional. Conventional warfare …

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Denying Russia’s involvement in Ukraine to the bitter end [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The conflict in Ukraine is proving to be a long and draining one. It is a hard sight to stomach for the international community, but nowhere near as hard as it is for those in Ukraine, Luhansk and Donetsk. Despite the efforts to solve the crisis, …

HMS Queen leaving Malta
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Towards the Militarization of the Mediterranean Sea

HMS Queen, Flagship of Vice Admiral Sir Edward Rich Owen, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean fleet, leaving Malta. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A series of events in the broader region surrounding the Mediterranean basin are suggesting towards an unprecedented increase in military presence. The old adage of the Mediterranean Sea being Our Sea (Mare Nostrum) is …

Religion has been an active part of the crisis since Euromaidan
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Game of Patriarchates: Can religion bring peace to Ukraine

Religion during Euromaidan, Jim Forest via Flickr

On April 15th, 2014, the acting president Olexander Turchynov announced the beginning of an “anti-terrorist operation” in eastern Ukraine. A year has gone by and the conflict in eastern Ukraine continues to rage on, displacing thousands from their homes and bringing devastation to Ukraine’s industrial sites and urban centers. …