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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?”


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”


Strife Feature – Elites and activists in Donetsk before the armed conflict

September 26, 2018

By Daria Platonova   The causes of war in eastern Ukraine (or between the Ukrainian government and Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic) have been interpreted in a wide variety of ways. Two main interpretations emerge: endogenous, that is an interpretation seeking indigenous roots of the conflict, and exogenous, that is looking at the … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Elites and activists in Donetsk before the armed conflict”


Strife Feature – The Incapable ‘Lone Ranger:’ Understanding Inequality and the Role of Interdependent Factors in the Onset of Violent Conflict

July 25, 2018

By Zach Beecher   Central to understanding the outbreak of violent conflict is the question of what propels the first combatant to pull the trigger and propel the force of his or her voice through the barrel of a gun.  Recent literature aims to understand the role of horizontal and vertical inequality in the initiation of … Continue reading “Strife Feature – The Incapable ‘Lone Ranger:’ Understanding Inequality and the Role of Interdependent Factors in the Onset of Violent Conflict”


Strife Feature – Political leaders with military backgrounds: a comparison of India and the US

June 25, 2018

by Saawani Raje The US and India are similar nations in many respects. They have both had fairly stable trajectories of progress in the course of their democratic histories. Covering large areas of geographical territory, they are both nationalistic territorial nations with a colonial past. Significantly, they both have a history of successful civilian rule … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Political leaders with military backgrounds: a comparison of India and the US”


L’impeachment che non fu. Tre appunti per i mesi a venire

June 10, 2018

by Andrea Varsori Per l’Italia, gli ultimi giorni del mese scorso sono stati estremamente movimentati, anche per gli standard a cui la politica nazionale e internazionale ci ha abituato negli ultimi anni. Tra il 28 e il 29 maggio, abbiamo assistito all’impennarsi di tensioni interne e esterne. Politici, osservatori e cittadini hanno preso parte a … Continue reading “L’impeachment che non fu. Tre appunti per i mesi a venire”


Strife Feature – Italy’s short circuit week and the fight over Europe

June 7, 2018

by Andrea Varsori   Italy’s short circuit week Last week, Italy’s political system went into short circuit. 84 days after the last national elections, an apparently successful attempt at forming a government unexpectedly collapsed at the last minute. Ten days earlier, the two political forces behind the attempt, the right-wing League and the anti-politics Five … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Italy’s short circuit week and the fight over Europe”


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’”


Strife Feature – The Warrior Prince, Sectarian Strife and Countless Civilian Casualties

February 22, 2018

The Saudi Arabian Military Coalition’s Blockade in Yemen:  A gross miscalculation for political capital?   By Tasneem Ghazi   Abstract It is perhaps ironic that in the very day and age when robots hold citizenship rights (such as the infamous Saudi ‘Sophia’), over seven million people remain starving, stranded, and bombarded daily in an arid, barren … Continue reading “Strife Feature – The Warrior Prince, Sectarian Strife and Countless Civilian Casualties”


Strife Feature | The Islamic State’s Social Contract: A ‘state’ founded on fear or freedom?

October 5, 2017

By Kierat Ranautta-Sambhi     With the Islamic State’s caliphate crumbling, many in the towns and villages on the brink of liberation fear their post-Islamic State future.  To understand why the group succeeded to such an extent and to establish a lasting end to the conflict, we must look back at how the Islamic State … Continue reading “Strife Feature | The Islamic State’s Social Contract: A ‘state’ founded on fear or freedom?”


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