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A tale of two elections: UK, Canada and lacklustre foreign policy

April 30, 2015

By Zachary Wolfraim: A Conservative Prime Minister is fighting against a left-wing opponent about which the electorate has continued doubts. At the same time this Prime Minister is faced with challenges from within his own party: attempting to prevent the right-wing elements from pulling away from the moderate image he has sought to project. Despite … Continue reading “A tale of two elections: UK, Canada and lacklustre foreign policy”


After Ukraine, Part I – Sleepwalking into crisis: Britain, Russia and the Ukraine

April 29, 2015

By Michael Jones: Britain’s Defence secretary Michael Fallon said in February that the Russian Leader Vladimir Putin presented as much of a threat to Europe as ISIS[i]. It seems strange that to assert the seriousness of the threat from Russia – a major nuclear-armed power in Europe – Fallon had to compare it to a … Continue reading “After Ukraine, Part I – Sleepwalking into crisis: Britain, Russia and the Ukraine”


Russia and the World following Ukraine: A Strife 4-part series

April 27, 2015

By Sebastian Åsberg: “At last, Russia has returned to the world arena as a strong state – a country that others heed and that can stand up for itself” – Russian President Vladimir Putin, 2008. While the overall strength of the Russian state, especially in the long-term, is still a subject of debate, Russia has … Continue reading “Russia and the World following Ukraine: A Strife 4-part series”


Interview – Dr Carol Bohmer on the Mediterranean migrant crisis

April 21, 2015

By Joana Cook: On Monday, yet another tragic story broke of a ship sinking off the coast of Libya en route to Europe. This time, however, there were a potential 900 fatalities – if confirmed this would represent the highest number in any single case yet. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) fears that 30,000 … Continue reading “Interview – Dr Carol Bohmer on the Mediterranean migrant crisis”


Humanitarian principles in conflict zones: Time for a rethink?

April 20, 2015

By Dominic Naish: At the start of April, three humanitarian staff working for the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC) were killed in unrelated incidents in Mali, Syria and Yemen. An ICRC statement released a month earlier had recently denounced violence against its staff, and noted that the organisation’s emblem was … Continue reading “Humanitarian principles in conflict zones: Time for a rethink?”


Punishing the cowboys: Blackwater, justice, and easier wars

April 18, 2015

By Charlie de Rivaz: On Monday, four former employees of Blackwater, the notorious private US military contractor, were sentenced for the killing of 14 unarmed civilians and the wounding of 17 more in Iraq in 2007. Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard each received 30 years in prison after being found guilty of several … Continue reading “Punishing the cowboys: Blackwater, justice, and easier wars”


The trivialisation of the UK’s nuclear deterrent

April 11, 2015

By Christy Quinn: There is no more serious and pressing question in UK defence policy than the role of the nuclear deterrent. One thermonuclear warhead found in the D5 trident missile has an effective explosive yield up to 100 kilotons of TNT; over 5 times the power of the atomic bombs dropped on Nagasaki and … Continue reading “The trivialisation of the UK’s nuclear deterrent”


Aid and Conflict: Britain's approach

April 10, 2015

By Isobel Petersen: There is a trend across Western governments, and the UK is no exception, to consider the value of aid and conflict prevention as intertwined. The UK government has been a staunch supporter of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) framework since the 1990s (see Strife’s interview with Dylan Hendrickson). This concept advocates a … Continue reading “Aid and Conflict: Britain's approach”


Debunking pro-Russian propaganda on the web

April 7, 2015

By Malyuta Skuratov: “The real weapon was not the rifle but the megaphone. Being unable to kill your enemy you shouted at him instead.” – George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia  *** Conspiracy theorists of the world, unite! Scraping the bottom of the barrel, Russia has finally managed to re-establish herself as an ideological centre of … Continue reading “Debunking pro-Russian propaganda on the web”


Nigeria’s choice: Good news for democracy, bad news for Boko Haram?

April 5, 2015

By David Bruckmeier: For Muhammadu Buhari, fourth time’s the charm. After three unsuccessful runs for the Nigerian presidency, the 72-year-old was officially declared winner of last week’s elections with a lead of more than two million votes over his main rival, the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. It is the first time a ruling president of Nigeria … Continue reading “Nigeria’s choice: Good news for democracy, bad news for Boko Haram?”


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