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Canada: The retirement of a global peacekeeper?

November 29, 2013

by Joana Cook “We cannot close the door on diplomacy. We cannot rule out peaceful solutions to the world’s problems. We cannot commit ourselves to an endless cycle of violence, and tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it’s not the right thing for our security.” At least our … Continue reading “Canada: The retirement of a global peacekeeper?”


“Pakistanis: Divided we stand”

November 27, 2013

by Zoha Waseem On the evening of 25 November 2013 gathered about four hundred people at the London School of Economics facing Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s granddaughter and Benazir Bhutto’s niece, Fatima Bhutto. In the hour-long Q&A session that followed, she presented less her upcoming book, and answered questions pertaining more to the politics and current … Continue reading ““Pakistanis: Divided we stand””


The land of hypocrisy?

November 25, 2013

by Thomas Colley Both the Wikileaks spying scandal and the recent revelations of US phone-tapping of European politicians such as Angela Merkel have significantly damaged American soft power in recent weeks. In a thought-provoking article for Foreign Policy, Henry Farrell and Martha Finnemore contend that the main effect of these revelations has not been to … Continue reading “The land of hypocrisy?”


The TTP and peace talks after Hakimullah Mehsud

November 22, 2013

by Maryyum Mehmood Following the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leadership has come under the control of Mullah Fazlullah. In the past week since the decision was announced, much analysis has been made of this in both the domestic Pakistani and international press, painting a mixed picture for the future of this … Continue reading “The TTP and peace talks after Hakimullah Mehsud”


How to help? Political chaos and poaching in Zimbabwe and Malawi

November 19, 2013

by Alister Wedderburn This summer, just over a fortnight after his landslide victory in Zimbabwe’s presidential elections, and a matter of days after the subsequent announcement that Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party would legally contest the results, Robert Mugabe touched down in Lilongwe. His presence, along with that of the region’s other leaders, was required at … Continue reading “How to help? Political chaos and poaching in Zimbabwe and Malawi”


Why failures in American leadership endanger peace

November 16, 2013

by Avram Lytton Whether we like it or not, we live in a relatively stable time thanks to the presence of a single hegemonic super-power – the United States. Its political, military and economic power (current political dysfunction aside) remains unrivalled in its totality. It is therefore disheartening to see this power and clout squandered … Continue reading “Why failures in American leadership endanger peace”


There’s a new sheriff in town – but can he keep the peace?

November 12, 2013

In this, the final post of the Private Military and Security Contractors Series, series editor Birthe Anders examines the current state of PMSC regulation, with special attention to the recently launched International Code of Conduct Association. Strife Editors * * * There’s a new sheriff in town – but can he keep the peace? by … Continue reading “There’s a new sheriff in town – but can he keep the peace?”


Why becoming a Private Security Contractor cannot be explained by motivation

November 7, 2013

In the third instalment of the Private Contractor Series, the focus is on individual contractors. Alison Hawks argues that the money motive is not a sufficient explanation as to why individuals become security contractors – as is often assumed by critics of the industry. Birthe Anders PMSCs Series Editor Why becoming a Private Security Contractor … Continue reading “Why becoming a Private Security Contractor cannot be explained by motivation”


Strife Remembers, Remembers

November 5, 2013

by Jill. S. Russell It is that time of year when conspirators and urban mayhem are ritually on the minds of Londoners. One year on from the start of Strife and the first of my Guy Fawkes pieces, it is worth considering how two recent events can fundamentally shift the terms of urban security, either … Continue reading “Strife Remembers, Remembers”


Pakistan Taliban leader killed: another drone, another Mehsud. At what cost?

November 2, 2013

by Maryyum Mehmood Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was reported to have been killed in an American drone strike early Friday morning. According to conversations between TTP spokesmen and Pakistani news outlets,  Mehsud, along with two of his bodyguards, was killed in the village of Dade Darpakhel in North Waziristan, Pakistan. This … Continue reading “Pakistan Taliban leader killed: another drone, another Mehsud. At what cost?”


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