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From Syria to Sochi: The increasing role of women in terrorism

January 31, 2014

By Joana Cook As the opening ceremony to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi quickly approaches, the security of both athletes and attendees remain at the forefront of international scrutiny in the wake of three recent bombings which killed 37 people. Last weekend in Geneva, peace talks began in an attempt to negotiate an end … Continue reading “From Syria to Sochi: The increasing role of women in terrorism”


CSD2014 Conference ‘Organised Crime in Conflict Zones’

January 30, 2014

     CSD2014 Conference ‘Organised Crime in Conflict Zones’  The CSD2014 Conference ‘Organised Crime in Conflict Zones’ will take place on the 6th of March, 2014. Organised by postgraduate students from the Conflict, Security and Development (CSD) programme at King’s College London (KCL) and supported by the War Studies Department, the conference will be held … Continue reading “CSD2014 Conference ‘Organised Crime in Conflict Zones’”


The face of ‘the Other’: A visual reflection on moral obligation in the 21st century

January 28, 2014

Photography by Tom Bradley [*] Introduction by Alister Wedderburn * * * For Emmanuel Levinas, the foundation of the ethical relation is what he calls ‘the face of the Other’. The face presumes a moral obligation to others, because it establishes a recognisable and mutual humanity that makes concrete one’s ethical obligations and responsibilities: ‘…the … Continue reading “The face of ‘the Other’: A visual reflection on moral obligation in the 21st century”


‘The era of saving failed states is over’: The Afghan withdrawal and its regional implications, with special focus on Pakistan

January 24, 2014

by Zoha Waseem Speaking at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on Friday 17 January 2014, Ahmed Rashid, journalist and author of Taliban, Descent into Chaos, and most recently, Pakistan on the Brink, confidently asserted that the West will no longer be a major stakeholder in the Afghan region as ‘the era of … Continue reading “‘The era of saving failed states is over’: The Afghan withdrawal and its regional implications, with special focus on Pakistan”


From riots to vigil: The community, the police and Mark Duggan’s legacy

January 20, 2014

By Jill Russell January 11th’s vigil in Tottenham, a response to the findings in the Coroner’s Inquest that the shooting of Mark Duggan was lawful, was promised to be a peaceful though disappointed demonstration in response to the official findings. I would go. It was a public order event to observe and in support of … Continue reading “From riots to vigil: The community, the police and Mark Duggan’s legacy”


Interview with Jay Ulfelder, Former Research Director at the Political Instability Task Force

January 17, 2014

by David Comley Jay Ufelder is an American Political Scientist specialising in democratisation, civil unrest, state collapse and forecasting. Currently a Consulting Researcher, he was previously the Research Director at the Political Instability Task Force – a US government funded initiative to explore the causes of political instability and ‘state failure’.[1]   David Comley: Could … Continue reading “Interview with Jay Ulfelder, Former Research Director at the Political Instability Task Force”


An Uncivilised Clash of Civilisations

January 15, 2014

by Thomas Colley The BBC’s account of an incident of cannibalism in the Central African Republic conflict has shocked many in recent days. In this case, a Muslim victim of a Christian mob was cannibalised by Ouandja ‘Mad Dog’ Magloire in an act of revenge for the murder of three of his family members. At … Continue reading “An Uncivilised Clash of Civilisations”


'Still violent, vulnerable and vital'. Pakistan's prospects for 2014

January 10, 2014

by Zoha Waseem In Pakistan’s 67th year of existence, living with violence in contested spaces appears to have become a norm. Since 2003, over 50,000 Pakistanis have been killed in terrorism-related violence. An estimated 5,366 people were killed last year alone; over half of them reportedly in urban violence in Karachi. In the beginning of … Continue reading “'Still violent, vulnerable and vital'. Pakistan's prospects for 2014”


Getting into character: Guantanamo Bay and Shakespeare

January 7, 2014

by Alister Wedderburn One of the first actions of the domineering drill sergeant in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket is to give noms de guerre to his new recruits: Joker, Cowboy, Gomer Pyle. These are the labels by which we know the characters throughout the film; whoever they were before they tumbled into Parris Island … Continue reading “Getting into character: Guantanamo Bay and Shakespeare”


2013: A Year in Review

January 2, 2014

2013 has been a year rife with political changes, social upheaval, natural disasters, and of course conflict. A snapshot of some key events of the last year may offer grim prospects for 2014, or alternatively a sense of hope for changes we may yet see and the progress that has been made. Syria was arguably … Continue reading “2013: A Year in Review”


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