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To kill or to capture? The conundrum facing the Supreme Court and military operations

February 23, 2016

By: W. M. Hart On 4 February 2016, heads of state and international organisations gathered in Westminster to discuss aid to Syria. At the same time, a mere stone’s throw away in the Supreme Court, the UK Government was finishing its argument in a case which could have profound impact on the way the UK … Continue reading “To kill or to capture? The conundrum facing the Supreme Court and military operations”


Russia’s hybrid war: The destabilization campaign against Germany

February 22, 2016

By: Dr. Daniel H. Heinke No shots were fired, but Tuesday, January 26 may very well mark the official beginning of the ‘open phase’ of Russia’s ongoing destabilization campaign directed against the German government, part of an undeclared hybrid war that abruptly came into the focus of public awareness. The East-West confrontation seemed to be a historical … Continue reading “Russia’s hybrid war: The destabilization campaign against Germany”


Organised crime and terrorism Part IV: Setting examples: Violence as communication in Mexico’s Cartel War

February 19, 2016

This is the fourth, and final, piece in Strife’s four-part series exploring the relationship between organised crime and terrorism in a 21st century security environment. The first, second, and third parts can be found here, here, and here, respectively. By: Joe Atkins Too often, some conflicts attract attention only when something abnormally brutal happens. This occurred … Continue reading “Organised crime and terrorism Part IV: Setting examples: Violence as communication in Mexico’s Cartel War”


Organised crime and terrorism Part III: Letters from Dubai: D-Company’ and the ‘93 Mumbai terror attacks

February 18, 2016

This is the third piece in Strife’s four-part series exploring the relationship between organised crime and terrorism in a 21st century security environment. The first and second parts can be found here and here, respectively. By: Andrea Varsori Rags-to-riches criminal overlords do not normally lack ambition; yet, most of them do not aim to claim … Continue reading “Organised crime and terrorism Part III: Letters from Dubai: D-Company’ and the ‘93 Mumbai terror attacks”


Organised crime and terrorism Part II: Negotiating with bombs – The Sicilian mafia’s attempts at intimidating the Italian state

February 17, 2016

This is the second piece in Strife’s four-part series exploring the relationship between organised crime and terrorism in a 21st century security environment. The First part can be found here. By: Martin Stein In the night between 26 and 27 May 1993, a wide deflagration stuck Florence, seemingly from its medieval centre. A car bomb, … Continue reading “Organised crime and terrorism Part II: Negotiating with bombs – The Sicilian mafia’s attempts at intimidating the Italian state”


Organised crime and terrorism Part I: Godfathers and bombs – organised crime and terrorist tactics

February 15, 2016

This introductory piece is the first in a four-part series exploring the relationship between organised crime and terrorism in a 21st century security environment.  By: Andrea Varsori The general understanding of how criminal organisations work implies that the leaders of those groups are mostly discreet, business-minded folks[1]. After all, criminal organisations have one, big task … Continue reading “Organised crime and terrorism Part I: Godfathers and bombs – organised crime and terrorist tactics”


ISIS and its conduct of war: interview with Professor Dr. Albert A. Stahel

February 12, 2016

By: Annabelle Vuille Professor Dr. Albert A. Stahel is the founder and head of the Swiss think tank Institut für Strategische Studien [Institute for Strategic Studies]. He has taught strategic studies at the Military Academy of the ETH Zürich and holds the title of honorary professor in the same field at the University of Zürich. … Continue reading “ISIS and its conduct of war: interview with Professor Dr. Albert A. Stahel”


Pushing back the black flag: The critical importance of southeast Asian security in the fight against ISIL

February 11, 2016

By: Lai Ki Cheng* On January 14th 2016, Indonesia experienced its most hard-felt kinetic strike by the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL, also known as the Daesh militancy) in its capital of Jakarta. The city first experienced explosions from Indonesian ISIL militants followed by a series of firearm engagements. Attacks were coordinated to target … Continue reading “Pushing back the black flag: The critical importance of southeast Asian security in the fight against ISIL”


The Impact of TOW Missile Supplies in Syria: Boom or Bust?

By: Jacob Beeders In response to the Syrian government and allied forces offensives last October that coincided with the onset of Russian airstrikes, armed groups opposing the government reported an increased uptick in the supply of weapons by their patrons. Most noteworthy was the provision of US-made tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided (BGM-71 TOW) anti-tank missiles … Continue reading “The Impact of TOW Missile Supplies in Syria: Boom or Bust?”


Daesh in Pakistan: The allure for the urban militant – Part II

February 8, 2016

By: Zoha Waseem Daesh, otherwise referred to as Islamic State or ISIL, has been expanding its presence around the world beyond its stronghold in Syria and Iraq. In the coming weeks, Strife will be focussing a number of articles more closely on emerging areas of concern in Asia, speaking with practitioners on the ground and … Continue reading “Daesh in Pakistan: The allure for the urban militant – Part II”


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