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Strife Journal special edition now released

December 23, 2015

Strife Journal has now launched its first Special edition based on presentations at the 2015 Strife-USFPRRG conference held in March 2015 at King’s College entitled: “A world in flux? Analysis and prospects for the U.S. in global security.” You can access the journal and individual articles here. In this Special Issue of Strife Journal a group of young … Continue reading “Strife Journal special edition now released”


Integration, memory, art: interview with Halida Boughriet

December 17, 2015

By: Laurie Benson Image: Halida Boughriet, ‘Des Intégrations’ (2015)  Halida Boughriet is a Paris-based artist and graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux- Arts. She has exhibited at the Institut du Monde Arabe, FIAC Algiers, MAC/VAL, Pompidou Centre, Dak’Art Biennale, and with the touring exhibition ‘Rencontres Internationales’. Key works are held in the permanent collections … Continue reading “Integration, memory, art: interview with Halida Boughriet”


The Strategy of Star Wars: The Rebel Alliance as a Maoist Insurgency

December 11, 2015

Star Wars has been a cultural behemoth for over forty years. As fans of the series well know, in its origins, George Lucas’s original trilogy of films drew heavily from preceding works. Its plot, themes, and even individual characters were significantly influenced by the Flash Gordon serials, as well as the films of Kurosawa. Indeed, … Continue reading “The Strategy of Star Wars: The Rebel Alliance as a Maoist Insurgency”


An analysis of Omar: a film by Hany Abu-Assad

By: Bradley Lineker Author’s note: The film, Omar, was released on 30 May 2014. Analysis herein contains spoilers.   Omar, as the latest film written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad, is a compelling political drama set in the West Bank that skilfully depicts the dangerous spider’s web of Israeli occupation around a young Palestinian dissident … Continue reading “An analysis of Omar: a film by Hany Abu-Assad”


Israel and the EU battle over Settlement labelling guidelines

December 9, 2015

By: Lauren Mellinger On November 11 the European Commission adopted the ‘Interpretative Notice on indication of origin of goods from the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967.’ The announcement of the new guidelines for labelling products produced in Israeli settlements, which drew immediate condemnation from the Israeli government—notably uniting many lawmakers on both the … Continue reading “Israel and the EU battle over Settlement labelling guidelines”


Review: 'The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East' by Efraim Karsh

December 3, 2015

Reviewed by: Bradley Lineker & Samar Batrawi   Efraim Karsh. The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East. London & New York: Bloomsbury/ Continuum, 2015. ISBN: 978-14-72-91046-2. Pp. 236. Hardcover. £21.99. The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East is the latest book from Efraim Karsh, professor of political … Continue reading “Review: 'The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East' by Efraim Karsh”


Why the Israeli “wall” is a flawed model for the U.S.-Mexican border

December 1, 2015

By: Lauren Mellinger Since announcing his candidacy for president of the United States, Republican candidate (and occasional front-runner for the GOP nomination) businessman Donald Trump has chosen to make reforming American immigration policy a primary focus of his campaign. Central to his plan is the construction of a wall spanning the U.S.-Mexican border. During the … Continue reading “Why the Israeli “wall” is a flawed model for the U.S.-Mexican border”


ECOWAS, EAC, and the comparative efficacies of free movement protocols across the African continent

November 30, 2015

By Moses Onyango and Jean-Marc Trouille Africa, traditionally the poorest continent, has been undergoing profound changes, illustrated by higher growth rates for over a decade. This has brought a sense among African policymakers that trade facilitation measures and tighter cooperation around joint regional markets are crucial to make this burgeoning prosperity sustainable. Whilst a vast … Continue reading “ECOWAS, EAC, and the comparative efficacies of free movement protocols across the African continent”


The role of strategic outsourcing in preventing the spread of ISIL

November 26, 2015

By: Cheng Lai Ki Over the last eleven months, Sunni-jihadi extremists known as the the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) have been directly involved in multiple crises resulting in the deaths and displacement of civilians in Syria[1], and more recently, in Paris. For ISIL, the battlefield is … Continue reading “The role of strategic outsourcing in preventing the spread of ISIL”


Despite a Historic Summit, Cross-Strait Relations Faces the ‘Certainty of Uncertainty’

November 24, 2015

By: Jeroen Gelsing On November 7, the world’s press thronged into the Island Ballroom of Singapore’s Shangri-La Hotel. The occasion marked a historic meeting between the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Kuomintang (KMT) – erstwhile foes in the Chinese Civil War, which reached its present stalemate with the KMT retreat to the … Continue reading “Despite a Historic Summit, Cross-Strait Relations Faces the ‘Certainty of Uncertainty’”


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