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Defending the Falklands: A role for nuclear weapons?

July 29, 2014

By Alex Calvo and Olivia Olsen: Deep conventional cuts have put a question mark over the British defence posture in the South Atlantic. Although the steep deterioration in Argentine military capabilities means that the balance of power has not necessarily moved against London, the deterioration in expeditionary and amphibious capability has led to what some … Continue reading “Defending the Falklands: A role for nuclear weapons?”

Holbein’s ‘Ambassadors’ and International Politics

July 22, 2014

By Deniz Solmaz: The Ambassadors is a full-length double portrait of two French Diplomats, Jean de Dinteville (29), and Georges de Selve, bishop of Lavaur (25), painted in London in 1533. The two ambassadors are shown obviously confident of their importance. Jean de Dinteville, is the French ambassador to England and his friend, the Bishop … Continue reading “Holbein’s ‘Ambassadors’ and International Politics”

MH-17: Why truth and justice may not be easily achieved.

July 18, 2014

By Thomas Colley: In a recent edition of Strife journal, I wrote an article about the lost art of propaganda in the context of conflict in Yugoslavia and Ukraine. The essential argument was that propaganda methods seen by Western strategic communicators as archaic remain relevant and useful in the modern conflict environment. Western strategic communications … Continue reading “MH-17: Why truth and justice may not be easily achieved.”

Is Trident relevant?

July 16, 2014

By Christy Quinn: The Trident Commission, comprised of representatives of the three major parties and members of the UK defence establishment and organised by the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), represents the latest attempt to evaluate the necessity of the UK nuclear deterrent and its renewal.[i] Unfortunately, it has simply ended up restating many of … Continue reading “Is Trident relevant?”

A creative mind? An early assessment of Modi’s foreign policy

July 12, 2014

By Zoha Waseem: As Narendra Modi prepares to depart for the 6th summit of BRICS during what will be the Indian Prime Minister’s first international appearance since being voted into office in May this year, many will observe closely to dissect his meetings with his Brazilian, Russian, Chinese and South African counterparts. Modi’s foreign policy, … Continue reading “A creative mind? An early assessment of Modi’s foreign policy”

The paradox of Brazil’s militarised public security

July 11, 2014

By Christoph Harig: Brazilian politicians have promised that the country would inherit lasting improvements from the World Cup. Among the many contested possible legacies, it is almost certain that the Armed Forces further enhanced their capability of performing domestic missions. About 57,000 soldiers took part in the 150,000-strong security force – the largest in the … Continue reading “The paradox of Brazil’s militarised public security”

The Spanish succession: continuity of a dynasty

July 8, 2014

By Sophie Bustos: On Thursday, June 19, a new king was crowned in Spain. Prince Felipe succeeded his father, King Juan Carlos who announced his abdication on Monday, June 2. The very day that the news of the abdication was made public, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gathered an extraordinarily lively press conference; a remarkable event … Continue reading “The Spanish succession: continuity of a dynasty”

Israel vs. Hamas: Undermining deterrence

July 4, 2014

By Charles Kirchofer:   Israel’s military response to the abduction and murder of three teenaged Israeli citizens, which has included a massive deployment of Israeli soldiers in the Palestinian territories, is understandable. But, this response has threatened to undermine what had been a relatively stable deterrence relationship with Hamas, however. The border with Gaza had … Continue reading “Israel vs. Hamas: Undermining deterrence”


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