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Conscription Reform and the Future of Military Manpower in Turkey

February 12, 2019

By Onur Kara 12 February 2019   The military draft is making headlines again following several decades in decline. France seeks to re-introduce the national service and several gulf Arab states went ahead with implementing conscription despite their relatively small populations. Even Tunisia, known for maintaining a modest army, had a debate about making the … Continue reading “Conscription Reform and the Future of Military Manpower in Turkey”


Militarization and Accountability on the United States-Mexico Border

December 28, 2018

By Carly Greenfield 28 December 2018   On 21 November, a jury in Arizona found Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz not guilty in the involuntary manslaughter of José Antonio Elena Rodríguez, a Mexican teenager shot and killed by Swartz in October of 2012. Swartz fired from the United States side of the border in Nogales, Arizona, … Continue reading “Militarization and Accountability on the United States-Mexico Border”


Gaza, Israel, and Netanyahu’s Latest Coalition Crisis

December 21, 2018

By Lauren Mellinger 21 December 2018   This past tumultuous month in Israeli politics challenged two key assumptions about Israel’s long-serving prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. First, despite speculation in recent months that the Netanyahu-era is drawing to a close, it is certainly not over yet. Perhaps of greater significance is the second element to emerge … Continue reading “Gaza, Israel, and Netanyahu’s Latest Coalition Crisis”


Who’s Driving This Train? Intelligent Autonomy and Law

December 19, 2018

By Jessica ‘Zhanna’ Malekos Smith 19 December 2018    In August 2018 the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts (UN GGE) held their second session on autonomous weapons systems in Geneva. The delegation examined a variety of subjects on human-machine interface, accountability, and intelligent autonomy. This article first describes the concept of intelligent autonomy and … Continue reading “Who’s Driving This Train? Intelligent Autonomy and Law”


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”


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”


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