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Saudi Arabia: The Wind of Change?

April 30, 2018

By Roisin Murray With a historical legacy as the foremost theocratic state in the Sunni Muslim sphere, political developments in Saudi Arabia that threaten to challenge its conservative, religious identity are significant.[1] The domestic situation of Saudi Arabia is a concern for many foreign governments; states worldwide are reliant on Saudi oil, and Saudi Arabia is … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia: The Wind of Change?”


Decrypting the effects of the Russian Presidential Election

April 27, 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. The pre-election break-down can be found here.   It came as no surprise that, late in the evening of 18 March 2018, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin … Continue reading “Decrypting the effects of the Russian Presidential Election”


The Multi-Domain Battle Doctrine, or the Art of Gambling on Future Warfare

April 20, 2018

By Pierre Dugué In 2007, Secretary of Defence Robert Gates declared ‘We can expect that asymmetrical warfare will remain the mainstay of the contemporary battlefield for some time’. The United States (U.S.) considerably outweighs any military opponent. Hence, asymmetry appears to be a weapon of choice for competitors: terrorist groups in the Middle East and … Continue reading “The Multi-Domain Battle Doctrine, or the Art of Gambling on Future Warfare”


Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part V – The Future of UN Peacekeeping Operations

April 17, 2018

By Felix Manig The nature of conflict is changing and so must UN peace operations if they are to remain an indispensable and effective tool in promoting international peace and security. What then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon stated in 2014 echoes even louder today, given the ever more politically complex and high-risk environments UN … Continue reading “Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part V – The Future of UN Peacekeeping Operations”


Why the Terminator might turn out to be Chinese: China’s bid for an AI-empowered military

April 13, 2018

By Clément Briens Science fiction’s portrayal of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has very often been centered on the fear of “killer robots” almost always often manufactured by the United States (US) government. The malevolent Skynet AI in the Terminator franchise, for instance, is developed by Cyberdyne Systems, a US military contractor. The AI in I, Robot … Continue reading “Why the Terminator might turn out to be Chinese: China’s bid for an AI-empowered military”


Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part IV – Lessons Through a Gender Lens: The Efforts and Failures of UNMISS

April 10, 2018

By Caitlyn OFlaherty Shockingly gruesome violence has defined South Sudan since civil war broke out in 2013, only two years after it gained independence. Over 50,000 people have been killed since, including tens of thousands of civilians. Over 4 million have been displaced. The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was established in 2011 … Continue reading “Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part IV – Lessons Through a Gender Lens: The Efforts and Failures of UNMISS”


Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part III – Bystanders for 7 years – is the UN ready for a peacekeeping mission in Syria?

April 7, 2018

By Diego Salama and Ortrun Merkle Seven years into the war , Syria has seen over 400,000 casualties and more than five million refugees. Those still in the country suffer from chemical attacks and brutalities from all belligerent actors, with  no end in sight. The question after so many years of bloodshed: isn’t it time for … Continue reading “Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part III – Bystanders for 7 years – is the UN ready for a peacekeeping mission in Syria?”


Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part II – Security Challenges in UN Peacekeeping Operations: How Best to “Fight Back”?

April 5, 2018

By Lenoy Barkai   On 7 December 2018, fifteen Peacekeepers from the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) were killed when armed rebels attacked one of their forward operating bases in North Kivu.[1] The attack raised the estimated death toll of UN Peacekeepers killed in malicious attacks in 2017 to … Continue reading “Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part II – Security Challenges in UN Peacekeeping Operations: How Best to “Fight Back”?”


Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part I – The Fate of UN Peacekeeping and the Changing Tides of Geopolitics

April 3, 2018

By Dr Samir Puri The UN’s viability to act as a peacekeeping force for good is always constrained by geopolitics. When the geopolitical tides change – as they evidently are in the twenty-first century, with the rise of China, the resurgence of Russia, and other developments – the UN feels the impact. When it comes … Continue reading “Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part I – The Fate of UN Peacekeeping and the Changing Tides of Geopolitics”


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