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Protests in Romania: Silence No Longer

February 27, 2017

By: Sabina Ciofu A wave of populist election victories that started in Eastern Europe and which reached as far as the White House now threatens established Western European politics. Leaders from both sides of the political spectrum – on the right in Hungary and Poland, and on the left in Slovakia and the Czech Republic … Continue reading “Protests in Romania: Silence No Longer”


Crossing Borders: Technology and Migration in an Interconnected World – Conference Tickets on Sale

February 25, 2017

By: Johan Lammers In times of travel bans and Brexit, as a foreign student from The Netherlands where the polls are led by a party whose official stance on immigration is literally ‘zero asylum seekers extra and no more immigrants from Islamic countries; border closed’, migration is never far from my thoughts and conversations. In this … Continue reading “Crossing Borders: Technology and Migration in an Interconnected World – Conference Tickets on Sale”


Strife Interview – Counterterrorism Expert on Daesh Communication Strategies

February 22, 2017

  Since Daesh first declared the so-called ‘Islamist State Caliphate’ in mid-2014, their global communications strategy and online recruitment operations have caught most observers by surprise. The scope and seeming sophistication of their propaganda campaign soon came to represent the cornerstone of Daesh’s initial military triumphs and generated a certain a degree of alarm within … Continue reading “Strife Interview – Counterterrorism Expert on Daesh Communication Strategies”


Strife Series on Intelligence in the digital age, Part II – Surveillance, data protection and the right to privacy

February 21, 2017

By: Felix Manig Counterterrorism efforts in the digital age are characterized by the ability of certain governments to systematically intercept, collect and analyze metadata and private information worldwide. Through the disclosure of classified information on covert global surveillance programs in 2013, the ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden initiated an important debate on the balance between national … Continue reading “Strife Series on Intelligence in the digital age, Part II – Surveillance, data protection and the right to privacy”


The Challenge of Operational Assessment in Contemporary Conflict

February 19, 2017

By: Noah Cooper The immutable nature of war suggests that despite the form of warfare undertaken by the belligerents, conflict is a duel between opponents vying to subdue the other. The type of war dictates the character of the conflict and is subject to the myriad variables that influence its dynamics. For instance, there are … Continue reading “The Challenge of Operational Assessment in Contemporary Conflict”


Strife Feature – The challenges of anticipatory self-defence

February 17, 2017

By: Toby Fenton With World War II underway, in August 1941, Britain and the USSR invaded Iran in an operation lasting several weeks. In June 1967, Israel launched an attack on Egypt, destroying most of the Egyptian air force and marking the start of the Six Day War. In March 2003 a US-led coalition invaded … Continue reading “Strife Feature – The challenges of anticipatory self-defence”


Strife Series on Intelligence in the digital age, Part I – The Information Doppelgänger in Warfare

February 15, 2017

By: Jessica “Zhanna” Malekos Smith “Why, what’s the meaning of it?” he thought with vexation. “Why have I really gone out of my mind, or what?” – The Double The Russian military’s conception of psychological operations is eerily similar to Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky’s 1866 novella, The Double. In fact, this story is an insightful teaching … Continue reading “Strife Series on Intelligence in the digital age, Part I – The Information Doppelgänger in Warfare”


Politics of Fear: From Frank Capra to Donald Trump

February 12, 2017

By: Kyriakos Michail At first, it might be difficult to understand how a former world-renowned Hollywood director from the 1930s and 1940s has anything to do with politics, fear and Donald Trump. Frank Capra was one of the first individuals who made it conventional to use fear as an institutionalized political tool. His propaganda work … Continue reading “Politics of Fear: From Frank Capra to Donald Trump”


Perception and Misperception in the Asia-Pacific

February 9, 2017

By: Jaki Nurhasya Presidential inauguration speeches in the United States of America matter a lot to the global world. It portrays the way in which the President, as one of the world’s democratic leaders, projects the pathways that it would take on strategic issues. As history illustrates, notable speeches such as Roosevelt’s call upon the … Continue reading “Perception and Misperception in the Asia-Pacific”


The Philippines Drug War and Duterte’s foreign policy

February 7, 2017

By: Kanishka Lad On 30 January 2016, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald dela Rosa announced a temporary suspension of the ‘drug war’ initiated by the incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte. The war has allegedly killed more than 7,000 individuals since it was initiated by the President following his inauguration in May 2016 and his landslide … Continue reading “The Philippines Drug War and Duterte’s foreign policy”


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