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A Whiff of Brass: The Churchill Factor by Boris Johnson

July 28, 2015

By Bradley Lineker: Boris Johnson, Hodder and Stoughton., 2014. Pages: 416. £25.00 (hardback). ISBN 9781444783025 When young Tories are about to make their maiden speeches in the House of Commons, they can often be found – or so Johnson tells us – in the Member’s Lobby underneath the imposing statue of Churchill, as if trying to … Continue reading “A Whiff of Brass: The Churchill Factor by Boris Johnson”


Revisiting the ‘Islamic Reformation’: Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s approach will not work

July 15, 2015

By Samar Batrawi and Bradley Lineker: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. New York, USA: Harper Collins., 2015. Pages: 288. $14.99 (hardback). ISBN: 9780062333957 Recent discourse on Islamic radicalisation and extremism has placed increased emphasis on the role of violence supposedly inherent within Islamic scripture. Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s recent book Heretic: Why Islam Needs … Continue reading “Revisiting the ‘Islamic Reformation’: Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s approach will not work”


The Greece debt crisis: a case study of the ‘chicken game’

July 8, 2015

By Ioannis Nioutsikos: The album OK Computer by the British band Radiohead includes a song called ‘Airbag’. One of the verses reads, ‘In a fast German car; I’m amazed that I survived; an airbag saved my life.’ The song has certain applicability to current negotiations over the Greece debt crisis. The result of this seemingly … Continue reading “The Greece debt crisis: a case study of the ‘chicken game’”


Interview – A window into the life and mind of Mary Kaldor

July 7, 2015

By Melanie Daugherty:   Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is best known for her seminal work ‘New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era’, now in its third edition. Professor Kaldor was interviewed for Strife by Melanie Daugherty. *** What shaped your … Continue reading “Interview – A window into the life and mind of Mary Kaldor”


The World's Forgotten Migrants

July 3, 2015

By Isobel Petersen: Human migration exists on a large scale across the globe, but in a variety of forms and for a variety of reasons. Conflict is one of the key causes of displacement, which is unsurprising considering the devastating effects of living in a conflict zone: poor health; economic instability; familial tragedy and lack … Continue reading “The World's Forgotten Migrants”


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