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Bring back our girls, bring back our country

June 30, 2014

By Akinbode Fasakin: After the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, on April 15 and the outrage it generated globally, one would assume that the Nigerian government under President Goodluck Jonathan would come alive with a new determination to bring back these girls and work to address the myriad of security issues present in … Continue reading “Bring back our girls, bring back our country”


General John de Chastelain: Reflections on the introduction of women into combat roles in the Canadian military

June 25, 2014

By Joana Cook, Managing Editor, Strife Interview conducted on 8 May 2014. Graduating from military college in 1960 with a commission in the Canadian Army, John de Chastelain rose quickly through the ranks. In 1989, he was promoted to General and appointed Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS). During his tenure, the Canadian military was … Continue reading “General John de Chastelain: Reflections on the introduction of women into combat roles in the Canadian military”


South Sudan peace talks need to return home

June 20, 2014

  By Josephine Chandiru Drama: South Sudan gained independence on 9th July 2011 after decades of armed struggle with the Sudanese government. On 15th December 2013, fighting that began as a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar broke out and turned into ethnic violence. On 23rd January, 2014, a … Continue reading “South Sudan peace talks need to return home”


Book review: Music Wars, 1937-1945

June 19, 2014

Patrick Bade, The Music Wars, 1937-1945. East & West Publishing, London, 2012. Pp. vii, 440. £17.36. ISBN-10: 1907318070. The author, Patrick Bade, has worked at Christie’s Education, London, since 1981, where his expertise spans the visual arts and music. He has written extensively across varying artistic topics in an accessible and non-academic style. The Music Wars … Continue reading “Book review: Music Wars, 1937-1945”


Virtual conflict as cultural catharsis: re-fighting Vietnam 2.0

June 12, 2014

By Ben Collins: Storytelling is a core part of how we communicate with each other, understand complex issues and come to terms with the world around us. The prevalence of so-called ‘talking therapies’ show that such processes are important in helping to overcome and move past negative events and experiences. The experience of 9/11 left … Continue reading “Virtual conflict as cultural catharsis: re-fighting Vietnam 2.0”


The human security implications of anti-gay law on sexual minority in Nigeria

June 10, 2014

By Toyin Ajao: Introduction On 7th January 2014, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed an anti-gay bill into law, with punishments including 14 years imprisonment for anyone that enters into same-sex marriage, 10 years for any organization or people that support gay rights as well as any individual who displays same-sex affection in public. This invasive … Continue reading “The human security implications of anti-gay law on sexual minority in Nigeria”


Learning from the neighbours: How to win Kenya’s war on terror

June 7, 2014

By Fredrick Omondi Ochieng’: The past few months have seen innocent Kenyans lose lives through increased terrorist activities. The September 2013 attack on Westgate Mall was the grisliest one of all, in which the official government report indicated that four armed terrorists invaded a busy shopping mall, claiming the lives of over sixty people and … Continue reading “Learning from the neighbours: How to win Kenya’s war on terror”


The strategic aims of Chinese cyber industrial espionage

June 3, 2014

By Christy Quinn: The recent indictment of several People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officers linked to the 61398 Unit, accused of industrial espionage against several US private companies and trade union bodies on the behalf of Chinese state industries, has pushed the issue of ‘cyber warfare’ to the front pages of global media. What for decades was … Continue reading “The strategic aims of Chinese cyber industrial espionage”


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