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A Man’s World: Masculinity in International Politics

December 7, 2018

By Eve Gleeson 7 December 2018 International politics is a man’s world. The practice of international relations, defined by constant efforts to identify and solve bilateral, multilateral, and global issues, has historically been guided by initiatives reflective of the experiences, interests, and characteristics of Western hegemonic masculinity.   Besides the practice itself, membership and leadership ranging from … Continue reading “A Man’s World: Masculinity in International Politics”


Mexico City: Surveillance Technologies in New Urban Battlespaces

December 4, 2018

By Luis Losada Simón-Ricart 4 December 2018   Over the past few years, Mexico has significantly increased the number of CCTV systems in its security forces in an attempt to combat crime. This has led to a complicated discussion on the relationship between security and liberty in security studies, and it raises the question of … Continue reading “Mexico City: Surveillance Technologies in New Urban Battlespaces”


Feature — Beyond the Strife and Rhetoric: Have the lights gone out for Theresa May’s Brexit Deal?

November 30, 2018

By Amber Boothe and Tasneem Ghazi 30 November 2018   The Shock of a Finalised Deal On the 14th November, in a moment of triumphant relief, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the cabinet and the European Council had finally agreed to a ‘realistic Brexit Deal’. In her somber and resolute speech, May emphasised the … Continue reading “Feature — Beyond the Strife and Rhetoric: Have the lights gone out for Theresa May’s Brexit Deal?”


Op-Ed — Unboxing Freedom of Speech

November 29, 2018

By Eve Gleeson 29 November 2018   Editor’s note: This is an opinion-editorial piece written in response to the Endangered Speeches event review published on 27 November 2018. The views expressed in this post are the views of the author and are not the views of Strife.   On 13 November 2018, Joanna Williams, an … Continue reading “Op-Ed — Unboxing Freedom of Speech”


Event Review — Endangered Speeches with Joanna Williams

November 27, 2018

By Eve Gleeson 27 November 2018   Joanna Williams, an author, commentator, and head of education and culture at the think tank Policy Exchange, was the first guest speaker of the Endangered Speeches talk series hosted by King’s College London’s Department of War Studies and mediated by department head Professor Michael Rainsborough. The 13 November … Continue reading “Event Review — Endangered Speeches with Joanna Williams”


Canvassing Conflict: Italian Futurism & Artistic Attitudes Toward War Avant Guerre

November 20, 2018

By Sofia Lesmes 20 November 2018  In 1909, Filippo Marinetti published a scathing manifesto on the front page of France’s Le Figaro. The manifesto stated the vision of the newly created Futurist movement, which declared that the artists would ‘glorify war.’[1] This attitude towards conflict was only one of the Futurists’ numerous beliefs, many of … Continue reading “Canvassing Conflict: Italian Futurism & Artistic Attitudes Toward War Avant Guerre”


Bolsonaro Leads Brazil Into A Turbulent Future

November 13, 2018

By Felipe Leal Albuquerque  13 November 2018    Nearly two weeks after winning more than 55 percent of the vote, Jair Bolsonaro, the first extreme-right politician elected to the presidency in Brazil, vows to promote sweeping changes. Supported by around 57 million voters, the histrionic former Army captain showcased himself as an outsider while combining … Continue reading “Bolsonaro Leads Brazil Into A Turbulent Future”


Tactical Instability on the South China Sea and Sino-American Decoupling

October 30, 2018

By Axel Dessein 30 October 2018 In late September 2018, a Chinese Luyang-class destroyer nearly collided with the American destroyer U.S.S. Decatur during a Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea. These operations are essentially aimed at signalling a commitment to keeping the sea lanes open, the near-collision demonstrates that such commitments … Continue reading “Tactical Instability on the South China Sea and Sino-American Decoupling”


Privatising Peace: The Plight of Rural Communities in a Post-Peace Agreement Colombia

October 26, 2018

By Laura Knöpfel  26 October 2018   In November 2016, the Colombian president and representatives of FARC-EP (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo), the then largest  guerrilla group of the country, signed a peace agreement to end the decades long war. The war particularly affected rural communities, some of which had been … Continue reading “Privatising Peace: The Plight of Rural Communities in a Post-Peace Agreement Colombia”


Just Who Are the YPG?

October 22, 2018

By Ed Nash 22 October 2018     Donald Trump recently praised what he described as the sacrifice of Kurds in the fight against ISIS across Iraq and Syria to the international press. His declaration was made shortly after the State Department removed the previous rather limited reference to the Syrian Kurdish militias known as … Continue reading “Just Who Are the YPG?”


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