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Strife’s First Reader Survey: Have a Say


Monday 11 June 2018

Do you enjoy Strife Blog?

We are interested in what you have to say. We have launched our first readers survey just so that you can tell us how we are doing and what we can do better.

You will find the survey here.

It takes just a few minutes, but your help will be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!





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.

Submissions must be relevant to the subjects that relate to the intersection between ‘Law and War’. This overarching theme encompasses a vast range of topics such as challenging the effectiveness of “Jus in bello” in light of the war on terror, “rogue states”, the historical origins of the laws of conventional warfare, and the legality of Private Military Companies and the effectiveness of Nuclear Arms Control and Non-Proliferation agreements and treaties.

All articles must be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length. Articles must comply with Oxford Referencing style (and by extension OSCOLA for legal references and case notes). A simplified version of this referencing style has been included in the Submission guidelines attached below.

If you are interested in submitting an article for this exciting joint publication, please send an abstract as well as the required information (outlined below) to the following email address:

Required Information 

– Title of the article, set in bold, ranged left and unjustified.

– Name of the author or authors directly below the title, followed by institution affiliation, if applicable.

– Five or six keywords.

– Abstract of around 350 words

Update: We will be accepting submissions until Monday, the 30th April 2018. If you have any further enquiries, please contact

We look forward to hearing from you!


The King’s Student Law Review and Strife


Please have a look at the submission guidelines for this special issue, available here


Call for Contributors: UN Peacekeeping Series


February  28, 2018. Want to get published on Strife Blog and Journal? We are seeking 1000-word pieces for our upcoming series titled ‘The State of UN Peacekeeping Operations’, which focuses on international efforts for maintaining peace and security.

Do you have a research interest in global governance and international security? We welcome topics including the developments within specific UN peacekeeping mandates, the role of women in conflict prevention and mediation, or the current challenges to the UN peacekeeping architecture.

Deadline for submission is 15th March, 2018. For any enquiries about article topics or to submit your contribution, send an email to





Call for contributors – 2018 CSD Conference: Organizing the Peace


February 18, 2018. Strife is pleased to announce they have partnered with the annual student-led Conflict, Security, and Development Conference (CSD) to publish a special edition of Strife Journal.

We are seeking 2000-3000 word pieces for a series titled ‘Organizing the Peace’, which focuses on the themes of the 2018 CSD Conference on March 8-9, 2018. Panels include topics such as negotiating the peace, reconciliation and transitional justice, securing the peace, and sustaining the peace. Each article should directly address one of the themes above.

Do you have a research interest in these topics? Are you interested in writing articles on issues including historical peace agreements, issues within negotiations, and international involvement in peace building? Get in touch and submit your work!

Deadline for submission is March 7th . For any enquiries, or to submit your contribution, please email csdc.kcl@gmail.comPlease note the deadline has been extended to 15th March.


Call for Contributors: Asia-Focused Series


November 17, 2017. Want to write for Strife Blog and Journal? We’re seeking 1000-word pieces for a series titled ‘National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries’, which focuses on national perspectives in East Asian Security and North-East Asian rivalries. Each article will give a specific country’s perspective.

Do you have a research interest in the region? Are you interested in writing on topics including territorial disputes, the historical problem, and clashing national identities? Get in touch!

Deadline for submission is December 20th . For any enquiries or to submit your contribution, send an email to


Positions open with Strife Editorial Board – Apply Now!

11 October 2017


Strife is a dual-format publication founded in 2012 by PhD students and researchers from the War Studies Department of King’s College London. Comprised of an academic Blog and a peer-reviewed Journal, it is run by postgraduate students and doctoral researchers from the School of Security Studies.

From its debut in 2012, Strife has grown from 5,000 annual views to over 1.5 million unique pageviews worldwide, with an audience that spans all the inhabited continents. Included among our steady viewers are academics and practitioners in diverse fields, research institutions, journalists and media conglomerates.

Strife’s thematic focus is ‘conflict’, in all shapes, forms and senses of the word. We combine political, historical, literary, and philosophical approaches to this phenomenon through blog and journal articles, as well as unique formats like photo essays, book, film, and art reviews. We aim to provide thought-provoking, unique perspectives on all aspects of conflict, from the cultural to the practically applied.

We are currently looking for outstanding individuals willing to join the Editorial Team. The positions currently available include:

  •  Communications Manager (MA or PhD applicants)

The Communications Manager will be responsible for augmenting and expanding Strife’s social media and web presence. Duties will include promoting new Blog entries, the latest Journal issue, and Strife events, as well as expanding further Strife’s audience and recruiting new writers (postgraduate researchers, academics or relevant professionals).

  • Coordinating Editor – Journal (PhD applicants only)

The Coordinating Editor – Journal will work directly with the Managing Editor – Journal to prepare and deliver the publishing of Strife Journal’s winter and summer issues. He or she will take point in coordinating the editorial and proof-reading process of journal submissions, and will act as liaison between the authors, Senior Editors and the Managing Board of Strife.

  •  Senior Editor – Journal & Blog (PhD applicants only)

The Senior Editors form the backbone of Strife’s operations, providing excellent editorial support for authors, as well as assisting in the smooth day-to-day running of Strife. Individuals will only be considered for the position of Senior Editor if they have reached the level of PhD studies or above. The SE designation serves to provide recognition of this level of service and dedication to Strife.

  • Series Editors – Blog (MA or PhD applicants)

Series Editors will be responsible for the publication of a singular subject-themed series of four articles to be featured on Strife Blog. This would also figure an introduction of no more than 500 words written by the Series Editor.

Series Editors will also help in editing blog entries.

  • Editor – MA Representative (MA applicants)

The MA Rep takes charge of liaising between Masters-level students and Strife. This will include encouraging new writers to contribute to Strife, as well as promoting Strife amongst the graduate population, expanding its audience and contributors base.

The MA Rep will also assist in editing blog entries.

  • Editor – BA Representative (BA applicants)

The Editor – BA Rep will take charge of liaising between Strife and the UG community at King’s. He or she will be responsible for filtering any UG submissions in accordance with relevant Strife guidelines. The BA Rep will also promote Strife, encouraging new writers to contribute to Strife, and expand Strife’s audience.

The BA Rep will also assist in editing blog entries.


Becoming part of Strife, a vibrant and influential publication, represents a unique opportunity, boosting your professional profile, putting you in direct contact with experts in the field, and helping accumulate valuable editorial and writing experience.

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter to In the subject line please state ‘Editorial Board application’ and specify the position you are applying for.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 25th.

Priority will be given to applicants currently registered for a program of study or engaged in research at King’s College London.

Additionally, we are continuously seeking new contributors. This is a great opportunity to be published as well as to have your work reviewed by experts in a friendly and constructive environment. Submission guidelines can be found on the Submissions page.

We look forward to getting you involved at Strife.

Call for Contributors: Historically-Focussed Mini Series

July 13, 2017. Want to write for Strife Blog and Journal? We’re seeking 500-word pieces for a historically-focussed series on contentious bilateral relationships in international politics today. Do you have a research interest in the relationship between China and North Korea; Russia and Estonia; Shia and Sunni Muslims; or India and Pakistan? Write for us!

Deadline for submission is 27 July. Get in touch:

Discussion with Loretta Napoleoni: Merchants of Men, Human trafficking and ISIS

February 8, 2017.  Strife extends an invitation on behalf of the the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy for an evening with renowned terrorism expert Loretta Napoleoni to discuss her latest book Merchants of Men: How Jihadists and ISIS Turned Kidnapping and Refugee Trafficking into a Multi-Billion Dollar Business. In her book she explores how human trafficking has been used to fund terrorist groups and the subsequent implications for the West. See more about the event, and RSVP here.

Strife Accepting Editorial Board Applications

September 24, 2016. Strife is hiring. As a PhD-led fixture of the War Studies Department here at King’s, we are rapidly becoming one of the largest student run academic publications in the country. To help us achieve this goal we are currently hiring for a number of positions including:

  • *New Managing Editor – Blog (MA or PhD applicants)
  • Senior Editors – Blog (PhD applicants only)
  • Series Editors – Blog (PhD or MA applicants only)
  • MA and BA Representative (MA and 3rd year BA applicants respectfully)
  • Senior Editor – Journal (PhD applicants only)

Working for us is a fantastic opportunity to network, gain valuable editorial and writing experience, as well as boost your CV. If you would like to apply please send your CV and a cover letter to In the subject line state the position you are applying for. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 7th. Please note all applicants must be currently within King’s School of Security Studies (departments of War or Defense Studies ).

Additionally, we are always seeking new contributors from within the School and beyond, and submission details can be found on the Submissions page. We look forward to working with you at Strife.

Strife launches new website

August 2, 2016. Wrapping up its fourth year, Strife is proud to reach readers in over 150 countries, across academic, practitioner, government, NGO, military and other spheres. We now offer both our contributors from the Department of War Studies (and beyond), as well as our global readership, a new and improved layout. We hope you enjoy it as we continue to grow and analyze conflict in all its forms.

Strife Journal special edition now released

March 2016. Strife Journal has now launched its first Special edition based on presentations at the 2015 Strife-USFPRRG conference held in March 2015 at King’s College entitled: “A world in flux? Analysis and prospects for the U.S. in global security.” You can access the journal and individual articles here.


November 2015. Following the event held on November 9, an interview with Dr. Stefano Recchia is now live and available on the War Studies website here at 18:20. The interview is entitled, “Interview with Ramesh Thakur on R2P / US Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention.”

Strife launches independent website for journal

Strife is dual-format publication containing both our academic blog and journal. We believe it is important to recognize the signifiant work of our journal contributors and as such, Strife has launched an independent website for our journal. You can browse it here at:

EVENT – U.S. Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention, Dr. Stefano Recchia, Cambridge University

Date: Monday, November 9, 2015

Time: 16:00 – 17:30

Location: Pyramid Room (King’s Building, 4th floor), Strand campus. King’s College London, WC2R 2LS. Map here.

Strife and the US Foreign Policy Research Group are pleased to present Dr. Stefano Recchia of Cambridge University to discuss his new book, “Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors: U.S. Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention” (2015, Cornell University Press).

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Why did American leaders work hard to secure multilateral approval from the United Nations or NATO for military interventions in Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo, while making only limited efforts to gain such approval for the 2003 Iraq War? In Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors, Stefano Recchia draws on declassified documents and about one hundred interviews with civilian and military leaders to illuminate little-known aspects of U.S. decision making in the run-up to those interventions.  American leaders, he argues, seek UN or NATO approval to facilitate sustained military and financial burden sharing and ensure domestic support. However, the most assertive, hawkish, and influential civilian leaders in Washington tend to downplay the costs of intervention, and when confronted with hesitant international partners they often want to bypass multilateral bodies. In these circumstances, America’s senior generals and admirals—as reluctant warriors who worry about Vietnam-style quagmires—can play an important restraining role, steering U.S. policy toward multilateralism.

This discussion is sure to offer timely reflection for current U.S. decision making processes. The event is open to all and there is no RSVP required.

Dr. Stefano Recchia is a Lecturer (assistant professor) in international relations at the University of Cambridge. His first monograph, “Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors: US Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention”, has been recently published with the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs book series. He holds a PhD from Columbia University (awarded with distinction) and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has held fellowships at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Brookings Institution, the European University Institute (EUI), and the Freie Universität Berlin.

 Any enquiries can be forwarded to

Event with Jack McDonald

Strife and the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) are pleased to present award-winning author and investigative journalist Chris Woods, and Dr. Jack McDonald of King’s College London in a timely and lively debate to discuss the issue of drones.

Date: Monday, October 5, 2015

Time: 18:00

Location: K6.07 (King’s Building, 6th floor), Strand campus. King’s College London, WC2R 2LS. Map here.


Drones have been a highly contentious topic for many years due to their infamous role in targeted killings, and have recently entered the spotlight in the UK being engaged in the deaths of British jihadists, Reyaad Khan and Rahul Amin in early September. However, some argue that the use of drone helps reduce casualties in conflict and serve a useful purpose in today’s security environment. Leading experts Chris Woods and Dr. Jack McDonald will be discussing key debates and implications surrounding the increasing use of drones in the UK and beyond.

All are welcome to attend. Hurst will be in attendance with copies of Woods recent book, “Sudden Justice” available for purchase.

Chris Woods is a widely-published investigative journalist who specialises in conflict and national security issues. A former senior BBC Panorama producer, he has authored some of the key investigations into covert US drone strikes and their true effects. He was recently awarded the Martha Gellhorn Journalism Prize for his work. He will be discussing the topic of his most recent book, “Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars” (Hurst, 2015).

Dr. Jack McDonald is a research associate and teaching fellow with CSSS at King’s College London. His research covers the law and ethics of war, with a specific focus on novel technology. In particular, he is interested in the role of knowledge and information in the concept and conduct of war. His book “Known and Unknown Enemies: Targeted Killings and Contemporary Warfare” which focuses on the concept and practice of targeted killings will be published next year by Hurst & Co.

You can find an earlier review of “Sudden Death” by Strife’s Harris Kuemmerle here, as well as a 5-part series that Strife previously published on drones here, including a contribution by Dr. McDonald. Any enquiries can be forwarded to


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Positions on Strife editorial board open for applications

Thanks to the hard work of our 2014-15 editorial board, talented contributors and the enthusiastic support of our readers and collaborators, Strife is continuously growing and now reaches over 80,000 readers across 150 countries. Our readership includes fellow students and researchers, academics, and professionals working in the government, NGO, military, and security spheres (amongst others). With the beginning of a new academic year, we are seeking a number of talented and enthusiastic individuals from within the King’s War Studies Department to join our editorial board for the 2015-16 academic year. 

Strife’s thematic focus is ‘conflict’ in all shapes, forms and senses of the word. We combine political, historical, literary, and philosophical approaches to conflict for our readers through blog and journal articles, as well as unique formats like photo essays, film and art reviews. We aim to provide thought-provoking, unique perspectives in all our work, which is featured on Strife Blog and Strife Journal. For more information about Strife, see our About page, or browse through our website.

Strife offer’s the opportunity to our Editorial Team to get practical experience writing, editing, peer-reviewing, organizing major conferences and being part of a dynamic team within the department.

We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Managing Editor for Strife Blog (1)
  • Senior Editors (3 at PhD level)
  • MA Editor and representative (1)
  • BA Editor and representative  (1)
  • Editor – Strife Series (4 at MA or PhD level)
  • Social media coordinator (1)

If you are interested in any of the above positions, please send any questions, or your CV and a cover letter to The heading can be referenced as ‘Editorial Board application’ and the position being applied for.

Deadline for applications is September 25, 2015.

We look forward to getting you involved with Strife.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 4:00

LocationK6.07, King’s Building, King’s College. Strand, London, UK, WC2R 2LS

Strife’s Editor-in-Chief Joana Cook will be doing a presentation in partnership with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security entitled, “Migrants, fighters, recruiters… and partners. Analyzing the roles of women in supporting, perpetrating and countering violent extremism.” This event will be open to all. If you are not London-based you are still able to login remotely for the webinar. You can find the event page and details here: Women and extremism.

March 9, 2015

6:00 – 7:30, Pyramid Room, King’s College London

In partnership with the BISA Russian and Eurasian Security Research Group, Strife is proud to present, Professor Richard Sakwa to speak about his new book ‘Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands’. You can find more details here.

March 4, 2015

Strife was proud to welcome distinguished speaker Professor Inderjeet Parmar and presenters from around the world to the 1st annual Strife-USFPRG conference, “A World in Flux.” You can hear Professor Parmar’s opening lecture here (posted March 5, 2015). Strife would also like to thank the War Studies Department for its support and participation.


January 25, 2015

Strife has now announced the programme for the March 4, 2015 conference, “A World in Flux: Analysis and Prospects for the U.S. in Global Security.” You can find the programme here. The conference is free and open for all to attend.

December 10, 2014
New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

(OHSP) & STRIFE invites you to a webinar discussing:

Critical Masses: The People in Policing and Warfare

Wednesday, December 10, 2014. 3:00 – 4:00. War Studies Meeting Room, King’s College London, Strand.

You are able to listen to a recording of the presentation here.


The world of policing and military operations seems increasingly complex when compared to past generations.  The speed and reach of modern communications, evolving expectations of government and other entities competing for legitimacy all make it more likely that events can rapidly gain strategic significance and global reach. 

The implications of these complex environments can range from an increase of terrorism recruiting (the Abu Ghraib prison scandal), political instability (Arab Spring or the Occupy Movement) or damage to business and government institutions (the rise of political hactivism and the 2011 England riots). 

In all these cases, individuals and their communities have assumed an increasingly important role in the use and effectiveness of force.  From the British policing model founded upon “consent” of the population to the confusion over the importance of Hearts and Minds in contemporary conflicts, gaining or maintaining the popular allegiance has been a goal.  

This talk will highlight the historical place of the people in both warfare and policing, arguing that the strategic implications of whom they support and why it is critical, if not always well understood or pursued.

FEATURED SPEAKER:               

Jill S. Russell | Military Historian, King’s College London

Jill S. Russell is a military historian completing her Doctoral dissertation on logistics and strategic culture in the War Studies Department at King’s College London.  She holds an MPhil in Military History from George Washington University and an MA in International Relations from SAIS.  She has been a defense consultant in Washington, DC, working with both the services and the Department of Defense on matters of military policy.  She also has experience in military education, to include instruction in Strategy and Policy and research for coursework in Joint Military Operations. Her writing has appeared in professional military journals, the Telegraph, and she is a frequent contributor to the King’s College family of blogs. Her current research on the nexus of policing, warfare and the people is an outgrowth of an interest in counterinsurgency and forms one part of a larger perspective on future security issues.


Dean Baratta | Intelligence Analyst, OHSP

Dean Baratta has over 20 years of intelligence experience within the military, law enforcement and homeland security spheres on a wide range of threats. 


The Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness helps to direct prevention, detection, protection, response, and recovery planning, not only at the state level, but also at the regional and national levels with our varied partners.  In addition to coordinating their efforts with other state agencies, they have a critical role in the national and regional arenas to help shape state and inter-state homeland security policy and practices.  OHSP is led by Director Chris Rodriguez and comprised of two Divisions, the Division of Intelligence and Division of Preparedness, and seven bureaus.

DISCLAIMER: Any views or opinions presented in this webinar are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP).

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US FFPRG and STRIFE Conference on
‘A world in flux? Analysis and prospects for the U.S. in global security’
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