Africa / Blog

Britain Must Heed Chilcot’s Lessons for Remote Warfare

The Chilcot Report may have been written with a focus on the conventional methods of war used in Iraq; however, the government must heed its warnings as the UK becomes ever more reliant on covert, remote means of warfare.

The Chilcot Report marked a landmark moment in addressing the problems with UK military strategy during the …

Protestors outside the  Supreme Court of the United States invoke the rhetoric of an existential threat posed to the United States (Courtesy of Elvert Barnes under Creative Commons Licence)
Americas / Blog

Charleston & Foreign Policy: Obsession with Terrorism is Hindering Smart Policy

Protestors outside the Supreme Court of the United States invoke the rhetoric of an existential threat posed to the United States (Courtesy of Elvert Barnes under Creative Commons Licence)

I am an American. And, as an American, the process of tragedy, confusion, debate, politicisation, and condolence following mass violence should be all too familiar …

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Blog / Europe

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 …

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Blog / Europe

Tunisia’s 3000: why have so many gone to join the Islamic State

Protests in Tunis, scossargilbert via Wikimedia Commons

Tunisia, often seen as the lone success story of the Arab Spring, has seen 3000 nationals go to fight for the Islamic State (IS). This is a thousand more than Jordan, which is closer, and five hundred more than Saudi Arabia, which is “a traditional jihadist hotbed with …

The conflict in Ukraine has heightened tensions between Russia and NATO. Photo source: Sasha Maksymenko via Flickr Creative Commons.
Blog / International Security

Staying the Sword of Damocles: The Challenges Facing Nuclear Disarmament

The General election poses challenges for Britain’s Trident deterrent – estimated to cost £100bn over the next 30 years. Photo source: UK Ministry of Defence via Flickr Creative Commons

In December of last year the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) convened in Austria, the latest conference in a series of talks held previously in Norway …

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Blog / Europe

#CharlieHebdo: How did we judge its political objectives?

Je Suis Charlie – via Wikimedia Commons

Public discussions that followed the terror attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have revolved mainly around two key issues: freedom of speech and hate speech. It was the discussions on these two concepts that created the context of the judgment of the terror attack …

Seal of the Islamic State of Iraq ad the Levant. Photo source Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant via Wikimedia Commons.
Blog / International Security

Declaring war on Islamic State will not solve this crisis

Seal of the Islamic State of Iraq ad the Levant. Photo source: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant via Wikimedia Commons.

In perhaps the least surprising story of last month, the British Prime Minister took his country into a military campaign in Iraq. The story was not surprising because of its rich historical precedence; dating back …

A Rusting Symbol of Integrity: The rapidly depleting Sierra Madre in the contested Second Thomas Shoal continues to be inhabited by Filipino Forces with Chinese vessels stationed only a few hundred yards away. USS Harnett County. Mdhennessey via Wikimedia Commons
Asia / Blog

Communication Over Condemnation: The Unecessary Option of International Arbitration in the South China Sea Dispute

 

Nine-dotted line (highlighted in green) as claimed by the P.R China – US CIA – Wikipedia

Territorial disputes between China and member states of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the South China Sea are neither a novel nor infrequent phenomenon. Nevertheless, two incidents involving China with the Philippines and Vietnam respectively …

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Blog / Europe

Bulgaria’s Soviet Past is not set in Stone

In Sofia, monuments to the Soviet Army have been vandalised a number of times – this Pop Art version of a statue appeared in 2011 and more recently in 2013 it was been daubed in Pink paint. Паметник на Съветската армия via Wikimedia Commons

Last month, Russia issued a protest note about a vandalised Soviet monument …

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