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Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping: Peacekeeping has never been harder – Introduction

March 30, 2018

By Felix Manig The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of United Nations Peacekeeping, one of the organisation’s primary tools for maintaining international peace and security. Over 110,000 peacekeepers currently serve in 15 missions around the world. Based on the three basic principles of consent, impartiality, and non-use of force except in self-defence and defence … Continue reading “Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping: Peacekeeping has never been harder – Introduction”

Sino-North Korean relationship: a rivalry in brewing?

March 29, 2018

By Yiming Yu   Interactions between China and North Korea always attract attention, particularly in the time of crisis. When Song Tao, a senior Chinese diplomat, visited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in November 2017, to inform the outcome of Communist Party’s 19th Congress, the reports on this visit raised many observers’ eyebrows … Continue reading “Sino-North Korean relationship: a rivalry in brewing?”

A Glimmer of Hope for Burma’s Peace Process?

March 27, 2018

By Anna Plunkett   On February 13, 2018, the number of signatories on Burma’s National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) grew from eight to ten with the New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) officially joining at a ceremony held in the state capital Naypyidaw. Peace and reconciliation have been the primary focuses … Continue reading “A Glimmer of Hope for Burma’s Peace Process?”

The Cyber Espionage Predominant Purpose Test

March 22, 2018

By Jessica “Zhanna” Malekos Smith   While ‘spying’ may strike some as indecorous state behaviour, it is essentially akin to a bodily function, like sneezing, that is necessary to sustaining the health of the body politic. But can international law meaningfully distinguish between cyberespionage for national security purposes and economic espionage? According to former U.S. Treasury … Continue reading “The Cyber Espionage Predominant Purpose Test”

Strife Feature | Escalation in Action: An Addendum to ‘Clausewitz On Campus’

March 19, 2018

By M.L.R. Smith     Last December Strife published an article, ‘Clausewitz On Campus’, by me on the militarisation of the university environment. The article pointed to the increasingly violent rhetoric on campus and the manner in which this was, in some instances, manifesting itself in actual cases of physical violence. The piece sought to conceptualise … Continue reading “Strife Feature | Escalation in Action: An Addendum to ‘Clausewitz On Campus’”

Call for Papers – KSLR-Strife Joint Edition

.     Update – Deadline extended   As the two-leading student-led peer-reviewed academic journals at King’s College London, the King’s Student Law Review and Strife are pleased to announce the joint publication of a special edition under the overarching theme of ‘Law and War’. We will now be accepting submissions for this joint edition. … Continue reading “Call for Papers – KSLR-Strife Joint Edition”

Smoke, Mirrors, Yachts, and Dachas

March 16, 2018

By Jackson Oliver Webster   This article is part of a two-part pre- and post-election analysis of the Russian elections and their significance for the country and region going forward.    Russia’s elections have been crafted the same way a producer designs the season finale of a reality TV show finale: the illusion of suspense hides … Continue reading “Smoke, Mirrors, Yachts, and Dachas”

Kim Jong-un’s Winter Charm Offensive: Another Attempt of Duping Seoul

March 14, 2018

By Davis Florick   While North Korea’s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics and its recent government-to-government meeting with South Korean officials are both positive developments, no one should forget that Pyongyang has a long history of attempting to manipulate Seoul. On three occasions, the Kim regime pursued extensive engagement with South Korea. North Korea’s … Continue reading “Kim Jong-un’s Winter Charm Offensive: Another Attempt of Duping Seoul”

The Winners and Losers of the 2018 Italian General Election

March 12, 2018

By Giulia Monteleone On the 4th of March, Italians made their way to the polling stations to choose their next government, knowing that the results would most likely confirm the polls’ predictions of a hung parliament. A turnout of 73.66% is surprising, as the election took place in times of high disillusionment with the political … Continue reading “The Winners and Losers of the 2018 Italian General Election”

Donbas Reintegration Law: What Impact on the Minsk Agreements?

March 9, 2018

By Daria Platonova   The low-scale conflict in Ukraine, now in its fourth year, threatens to become a hot war as Ukraine passes a new law titled “Donbas reintegration law”. The law vests the President with new unprecedented rights, widens the prerogatives of the army in the non-government controlled areas of Ukraine and, crucially, calls … Continue reading “Donbas Reintegration Law: What Impact on the Minsk Agreements?”


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