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After the revolution: Kiev’s future role in the Eurasian heroin trade

February 28, 2014

By Calum Murray: Whilst it would be a fool’s errand to forecast success in the face of grave uncertainty, it seems at last that the Ukrainian opposition is making headway. Quite how a ‘victory’ could manifest itself, however, remains unclear. As Russia’s influence remains polarised between East and West Ukraine, it even remains possible that … Continue reading “After the revolution: Kiev’s future role in the Eurasian heroin trade”


CSD2014 Conference ‘Organised Crime in Conflict Zones’

February 27, 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 problem with curtains

February 25, 2014

By Andreas Haggman:   Edward Snowden’s revelations have prompted fierce debates in both the intelligence world and the cyber domain more generally. Opinions and analyses on the impact of the revelations can be found at every level of publication from academic journals to online discussion forums. The outcome of the debates with regards to the … Continue reading “The problem with curtains”


Unrest in Ukraine. What will the military do?

February 21, 2014

By Oscar Jonsson: The last few days in Ukraine have shown that President Yanukovich’s foundation of power is decreasing rapidly. At mid-day it was declared that an agreement has been reached with President Yanukovich, the political opposition and the three European foreign ministers (FR, PL, DE) who have been negotiating throughout the night. The deal … Continue reading “Unrest in Ukraine. What will the military do?”


Oil, patronage and corruption in the MENA region: the case of Saudi Arabia

By Ibrahim Gabr: Saudi Arabia is a country built on oil. By looking at the country through the theoretical lens of the resource curse, we can gain more insights into the relation between political patronage and this ‘resource curse.’ By examining a case study of patronage in Saudi Arabia, as well as the resource curse … Continue reading “Oil, patronage and corruption in the MENA region: the case of Saudi Arabia”


COIN, resilience, and a new approach to conflict: Interview with Victoria Fontan

February 18, 2014

By Joana Cook, Managing Editor, Strife: Victoria Fontan is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica and author of “Decolonizing Peace” (2012) and “Voices from Post-Saddam Iraq” (2008). She is now undertaking her third PhD in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. * Joana … Continue reading “COIN, resilience, and a new approach to conflict: Interview with Victoria Fontan”


A lack of cosmopolitan substance: Considerations about the Swiss referendum to impose curbs on immigrants from the EU, a German perspective

February 15, 2014

By Sarah Katharina Kayß: Swiss voters have narrowly (50.3% voted in favour) backed a referendum proposal to bring back strict quotas on immigration from European Union countries in February 2014. Even though Switzerland is not a member of the EU, it has adopted large sections of EU policy. The decision to impose curbs on immigrants … Continue reading “A lack of cosmopolitan substance: Considerations about the Swiss referendum to impose curbs on immigrants from the EU, a German perspective”


Clausewitz and cyber security: towards a new Trinity?

February 13, 2014

By Andreas Haggman: In November 2011 the UK government published its national Cyber Security Strategy, outlining the exponential growth of the internet, the threats and opportunities this presents, and a vision for 2015. Two main themes are present throughout the document: the need to acquire knowledge, skills and capability; and the role of the three … Continue reading “Clausewitz and cyber security: towards a new Trinity?”


Interview with Mr. Geoff Loane, Head of mission, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) UK and Ireland

February 7, 2014

by Hoyumi Yashiro: Geoff Loane is the Head of Mission for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) UK and Ireland. Previously he was the Head of the Delegation for US and Canada, and worked in the Horn of Africa for 14 years. He has also worked in the Balkans and Middle East. The … Continue reading “Interview with Mr. Geoff Loane, Head of mission, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) UK and Ireland”


Petro-state: After Hugo Chávez’s tumultuous presidency, how can Nicolás Maduro avert disaster in Venezuela?

February 5, 2014

by Ethan K.F. Brooks Although it may not be something that immediately comes to mind, President Maduro’s Venezuela possesses the largest proven oil reserves in the world, with, by some estimates, just under 297,570 billion barrels of oil, or nearly 20% of global reserves. [1] The Bolivarian Republic has reserves greater than Saudi Arabia, and … Continue reading “Petro-state: After Hugo Chávez’s tumultuous presidency, how can Nicolás Maduro avert disaster in Venezuela?”


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