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Photo essay from the frontline against IS: playing the waiting game with the Kurdish Peshmerga

September 28, 2015

By Christiaan Triebert: Christiaan Triebert recently returned from the frontline between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. This is his account of his time with the Peshmerga.  *** “Get the brothers ready for tonight’s position.” “Yes I will, inshallah.” “Inshallah.” A group of Peshmerga soldiers stand around a walkie-talkie. They listen to the Arabic … Continue reading “Photo essay from the frontline against IS: playing the waiting game with the Kurdish Peshmerga”


Sudden Justice: Debating drones with Chris Woods and Dr Jack McDonald, October 5

September 24, 2015

Strife and the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) are pleased to present award-winning author and investigative journalist Chris Woods, and Dr Jack McDonald of King’s College London in a timely and lively debate to discuss the issue of drones. Date: Monday, October 5, 2015 Time: 18:00 Location: K6.07 (King’s Building, 6th floor), Strand … Continue reading “Sudden Justice: Debating drones with Chris Woods and Dr Jack McDonald, October 5”


Seeing through the fog of war: the need for Professional Military Ethics Education

By Gwilym Williams: Modern warfare is not a straightforward business. Amidst the fog of war, combatants are expected to make life and death decisions, weigh up the possible consequences of their actions, and consider whether their actions are right or wrong, just or unjust, in a matter of seconds. Ill-defined enemies, the presence of civilians, … Continue reading “Seeing through the fog of war: the need for Professional Military Ethics Education”


A third Lebanon War?

September 22, 2015

By Matthew Williams: The volatile relationship between Israel and Hizbullah has worsened since early 2015 and has threatened to deteriorate into open war. A Third Lebanon War would have significant repercussions not only for Israel, but for the entire region. Lebanon faces a major crisis: it now contains over 1-1.5 million Syrian and Palestinian refugees; and … Continue reading “A third Lebanon War?”


Controversy over interpreters reminder of failures in Afghanistan

September 19, 2015

By Alex Calvo: The fate of the almost 3,000 interpreters who worked with the British forces in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province has recently been highlighted in the media, prompting a debate about whether they should be allowed to settle in Great Britain. The interpreters fear reprisals and some have already suffered violence or even death in their native … Continue reading “Controversy over interpreters reminder of failures in Afghanistan”


Turkey in the Midst of the Syrian Crisis: Security, Democracy and Secularism

September 16, 2015

By Gonenc Uysal: After years of civil war in Syria, that has caused more than 210,000 – mostly civilian – deaths, the international community has recently been shaken by videos of war crimes undertaken by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). These have included beheadings and mass executions, sexual slavery, child soldiers … Continue reading “Turkey in the Midst of the Syrian Crisis: Security, Democracy and Secularism”


The Politics of Authenticity

September 14, 2015

By: Claire Yorke Are we ready for our politicians to really be themselves?  Authenticity is a rare commodity in politics but one that is in high demand. The Labour leadership election last week provided a telling case in point. Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran backbencher and political outsider of the party, rose in the polls from … Continue reading “The Politics of Authenticity”


Positions on Strife editorial board open for applications

Thanks to the hard work of our 2014-15 editorial board, talented contributors and the enthusiastic support of our readers and collaborators, Strife is continuously growing and now reaches over 80,000 readers across 150 countries. Our readership includes fellow students and researchers, academics, and professionals working in the government, NGO, military, and security spheres (amongst others). With the … Continue reading “Positions on Strife editorial board open for applications”


The incommensurable loss of the little drowned boy, Aylan Kurdi

September 10, 2015

By: Ana Flamind Photo: “I hope humanity finds a cure for visas.” Published with the permission of the author This article seeks to explore the particular affectivity provoked by the publication on 3 September 2015, of the picture of a little drowned boy in Bodrum, Turkey. Why does the image of this little boy seem to provoke … Continue reading “The incommensurable loss of the little drowned boy, Aylan Kurdi”


Migrants and the 'elephant in the room'

September 8, 2015

By Moses Onyango: The intransigence of the British Prime Minister on the issue of migrants crossing into Europe through the Mediterranean Sea fails the test of logic. The migrants are not economic ‘swarms’ as Prime Minister David Cameron had previously stated. These migrants are fleeing from political systems that have collapsed. It is important to … Continue reading “Migrants and the 'elephant in the room'”


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