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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 …

Palmarias of the Libyan Army destroyed by French air force near Benghazi, 19 March 2011. Photo: Bernd Brincken
Blog / International Security

To Save R2P, the International System Must Save Itself

Palmarias of the Libyan Army destroyed by French air force near Benghazi, 19 March 2011. Photo: Bernd Brincken

At the end of a century of violence, the international community decisively intervened in East Timor in 1999 to prevent atrocities occurring at the hand of Indonesian militias. Conducting the first successful intervention after Rwanda and Srebrenica …

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Blog / Middle East and North Africa

In the fog of Syria’s war: Hezbollah in transition

Hezbollah Flag. upyernoz via Flickr Creative Commons.

The conflict in Syria has been an embodiment of the notion that chaos in the region is empowering non-state actors. The Syrian conflict is also one in which the relevance of a conventional regional balance is being challenged and emphasis is being placed on state and non-state actors’ …

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Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Gulf Monarchies and the Arab Spring: The Reasons Behind Their Survival

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members before meeting via Wikimedia Commons

Mohammed Bouazizi – the Tunisian fruit vendor, famously known for his act of self-immolation due to severe living conditions he was encountering, along with the majority living there. His action outside the governor’s office triggered not only …

A US humanitarian airdrop over Iraq in August 2014
Photo Source: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr via Wikimedia Commons
Blog / International Security

The death of Responsibility to Protect?

A US humanitarian airdrop over Iraq in August 2014Photo Source: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr via Wikimedia Commons.

In the age of global media, the disastrous events that befall the world often have very specific and shocking images that become seared into the mind and represent (at least an aspect …

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Blog / Russia and Eurasia

Questions unanswered in Ukraine

Photo Source: Mstyslav Chernov/Unframe via Wikimedia Commons.

The events of the last few days in Ukraine seem to travel at the speed of light. One moment Victor Yanukovich was signing an agreement with the opposition to end the violence on the streets of Kiev, the next moment Yanukovich was in hiding and the opposition took …

Will we see less boots on the ground?
Blog / International Security

The Future of UK Military Intervention

Will we see less boots on the ground? Photo Source: MOD via Wikimedia Commons.

‘The most important determinant of strategic culture is recent historical experience’. This was the opinion of Professor Paul Schulte, given during a discussion on The Past and Future of UK Foreign Intervention at the recent FFP launch event. …

Blog / International Security

The Transience of Nationalism

Nationalism: a dated parade? Photo Source: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution © Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The sceptre of nationalism, the bane of any politics student, continues to be as enigmatic and opaque as ever. In the study of international relations we see the nation barely, through glimpses in chinks of the state’s armour. …