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Operation Decisive Storm: when Riyadh calls on Islamabad

March 31, 2015

By Zoha Waseem: With Iran-backed Houthi rebels advancing in Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has called upon its trusted and indebted partner Pakistan for support in so-called ‘Operation Decisive Storm’. There has been much speculation over the last few days as to what sort of support Islamabad is considering on providing Riyadh, with … Continue reading “Operation Decisive Storm: when Riyadh calls on Islamabad”


Interview – Journalist Sean Carberry on Afghanistan & conflict reporting

March 30, 2015

By Mackenzie Weinger: In December 2014, reporter Sean Carberry shut the doors of NPR’s Kabul, Afghanistan bureau. The United States public radio network had put the bureau’s closure on the calendar back in 2012, deciding to leave the country due to the planned reduction of US troops. After having a bureau in the city since … Continue reading “Interview – Journalist Sean Carberry on Afghanistan & conflict reporting”


Interview – Sir David Omand on Iraq, the terrorist threat, and surveillance

March 27, 2015

Interview by Lee Watkins: Sir David Omand, former Director of GCHQ, on the current security climate and the recent IPT rulings on GCHQ’s information gathering.  *** Besides your role as Director of GCHQ from 1996-1997, what are other highlights from your career? I was Principal Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary during the Falklands War. … Continue reading “Interview – Sir David Omand on Iraq, the terrorist threat, and surveillance”


Netanyahu, just the man we need

March 24, 2015

By Gianmarco Morassutti Vitale: This is the last of a three-piece series analysing outcomes and impacts of the recent Israeli election. Last week Eddo Bar considered what impact Netanyahu’s re-election would have on Israeli security, and Jill Russell examined the potential consequences for US-Israeli relations. *** Last Wednesday, Isaac Herzog, leader of the centre–left Zionist Union, conceded defeat … Continue reading “Netanyahu, just the man we need”


Where there's a stick, there's also a carrot: the 'new' US position on Israel

March 21, 2015

By Jill R Russell: This is the second of a three-piece series analyzing outcomes and impacts of the recent Israeli election. Next, Gianmarco Morassutti Vitale will consider how polarization around Netanyahu may actually result in mobilization. *** “We’re currently evaluating our approach.” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. Reading responses to the Obama Administration’s latest moves on Israel … Continue reading “Where there's a stick, there's also a carrot: the 'new' US position on Israel”


Netanyahu's victory: what it means for Israel's security

March 19, 2015

By Eddo Bibro Bar: This is the first of a three piece series analyzing outcomes and impacts of the recent Israeli election. Next, Jill R. Russell will analyse the “new” US position on Israel.   The Israeli elections on Tuesday have ended with the overwhelming (and some might say surprising) victory of incumbent Prime Minister … Continue reading “Netanyahu's victory: what it means for Israel's security”


Latvia: what the Russians left behind

March 17, 2015

By Leyla Aliyeva: Latvia’s history is marked by occupation. Since the 15th century the territory has been controlled by Sweden, Poland, Germany and Russia. It declared independence from Russia in 1918, but was reincorporated into what was then the Soviet Union as a bulwark against Nazi Germany in the early days of the Second World … Continue reading “Latvia: what the Russians left behind”


Gender and the War on Terror

March 11, 2015

By Caroline Cottet: When making sense of the people and things around us, it is often tempting to rely on binaries. There’s “us” and there’s “them”, there are “men” and “women”, “masculinities” and “femininities”, some are “white” others are not. These lists apply to our our daily routines as much as to extraordinary events. For … Continue reading “Gender and the War on Terror”


Frustrating anniversaries: International Women's Day and international action on women, peace, and security

March 8, 2015

By Melissa Guinan: Each year around March 8, International Women’s Day, op-ed pages and Twitter streams burst with celebrations of women’s achievements, calls to action on women’s rights and gender equality. This year, speeches and reports gave a nod to two important anniversaries in 2015: the twentieth anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women and … Continue reading “Frustrating anniversaries: International Women's Day and international action on women, peace, and security”


9 March 2015, Strife event: ‘Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands', Presentation by Professor Richard Sakwa

March 7, 2015

Professor Richard Sakwa, University of Kent: ‘Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands’. Event organised by Strife, with the participation of the BISA Russian and Eurasian Security Research Group. WHEN: Monday, 9 March 6:00 – 7:30, WHERE: Pyramid Room (K4U.04), King’s Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS DESCRIPTION:  The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has brought the world to the brink of … Continue reading “9 March 2015, Strife event: ‘Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands', Presentation by Professor Richard Sakwa”


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