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War from the skies: The rise of US strategic airpower under Trump

April 29, 2017

By Hemant Shivakumar A few weeks ago, the US military dropped a ten-ton Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) to purportedly take out ISIS-K militants operating close to the Pakistan border (in Nangarhar province) in Eastern Afghanistan. Employing a high-wattage munition against an asymmetrically weaker group signaled the Trump administration’s unprecedented, high-stakes approach towards tackling non-conventional … Continue reading “War from the skies: The rise of US strategic airpower under Trump”


Book Review – Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There

April 26, 2017

By: Bradley Lineker Introduction Utopianism has long been discredited in political thinking. According to theorists like Hannah Arendt and Karl Popper, the pursuit of perfection has invariably ended in tyranny, disaster, and death. Yet, on the first page of Rutger Bregman’s[1] new book, Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There, there is a … Continue reading “Book Review – Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There”


US Cruise Missile Strike in Syria and Implications for International Law

April 20, 2017

By Toby Fenton   The US approach to Syria has entered a new phase. On 4 April, a suspected chemical attack [i] occurred in Khan Sheikhoun, a town in Syria’s Idlib province; more than 80 people have reportedly been killed, with many others suffering from related symptoms. According to the US, UK and NATO, Syrian fighter … Continue reading “US Cruise Missile Strike in Syria and Implications for International Law”


The Rise of ‘Digital Nations’

April 14, 2017

By Cheng Lai Ki The Internet-of-Things (I0T) refers to the dense nexus of sensors and computers built on the hyper-connectivity of the Internet essential for economic development, national security and intelligence collection. While dominated by technical solutions, we are seeing an increase in policy-based interventions designed to tackle human vulnerabilities. During closing discussions between a … Continue reading “The Rise of ‘Digital Nations’”


World Health Day: Highlighting Healthcare in Conflict Zones

April 7, 2017

By: Emily Webster   In many modern conflicts we are witnessing an increasingly troubling issue: the flagrant disregard by state and military actors for the protection of healthcare in conflict zones. Painting a grim picture, in 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a report affirming ‘with alarming frequency a lack of respect for the … Continue reading “World Health Day: Highlighting Healthcare in Conflict Zones”


Strife Feature – Cautious waters in an Asian Century: Militarization in the South China Sea in 2017

April 6, 2017

By: Douglas Gray As stakeholders and policy makers work on predictions of the direction the Trump Administration’s foreign policy will take, uncertainty regarding Washington’s moves in the Asia-Pacific has mounted. Overtures from the new administration regarding a $54bn increase in the Pentagon’s military budget next year, a ten percent rise to ‘ensure America wins its … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Cautious waters in an Asian Century: Militarization in the South China Sea in 2017”


Strife Series on British Security Post-Brexit, Part V – Brexit Defence Implications: Mind the Gap

April 3, 2017

By Alfonc Rakaj Divorces are messy. They separate families by turning parents against each other as they negotiate over their assets and determine child custody rights. Furthermore, children often have to make uneasy decisions and can find themselves pitted against one of their parents while siding with the other. Such actions resemble the British attempt … Continue reading “Strife Series on British Security Post-Brexit, Part V – Brexit Defence Implications: Mind the Gap”


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