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Strife Feature – Nationalism and Lessons from Russia

June 8, 2017

By Christopher Morton In 2008 Russia invaded South Ossetia and in 2014 Russia invaded Crimea – both secessionist provinces of Georgia and Ukraine respectively. On the one hand, these interventions can be viewed as a justified defense of the rights of minority populations in these provinces. On the other hand, both interventions were deemed to … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Nationalism and Lessons from Russia”


Strife Feature – Can We Trust Ourselves? The Evanescence and Revival of Democracy

May 2, 2017

By Ashley Pratt Over the past year, various political events have raised questions about the Western emphasis and reliance on democracy and democratic values. Despite predictions made by newspapers and pollsters, the world watched the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. In the months after the referendum, ‘the will of the people’ was … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Can We Trust Ourselves? The Evanescence and Revival of Democracy”


Is democratic peace theory undermined on the cyber battlefield?

October 30, 2015

By: Archie Jobson Remote Control is a project hosted by the London-based think tank Oxford Research Group, set up to examine changes in military engagement, in particular the use of drones, special forces, private military companies and cyber warfare. They recently hosted an essay competition for participants in response to the question ‘Is remote control effective in solving … Continue reading “Is democratic peace theory undermined on the cyber battlefield?”


Turkey in the Midst of the Syrian Crisis: Security, Democracy and Secularism

September 16, 2015

By Gonenc Uysal: After years of civil war in Syria, that has caused more than 210,000 – mostly civilian – deaths, the international community has recently been shaken by videos of war crimes undertaken by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). These have included beheadings and mass executions, sexual slavery, child soldiers … Continue reading “Turkey in the Midst of the Syrian Crisis: Security, Democracy and Secularism”


The triumph of secularism in Tunisia and the democratic challenges ahead

November 13, 2014

By Beatrice Tesconi: Against the backdrop of dispiriting headlines about the rise of Islamism in the wake of the ‘Arab Spring’, recent political developments in Tunisia have been hailed as a beacon of hope for a region wracked by extremism and civil war. On Sunday October 26, Tunisia held its second parliamentary elections since the … Continue reading “The triumph of secularism in Tunisia and the democratic challenges ahead”


Call for papers: A world in flux? Analysis and prospects for the U.S. in global security

September 17, 2014

A world in flux? Analysis and prospects for the U.S. in global security  Call for papers US Foreign Policy Research Group and Strife first annual conference March 4, 2015 at King’s College London The world is in an increasing state of flux. Growing concerns over the rise of Islamic State and international tensions over Ukraine … Continue reading “Call for papers: A world in flux? Analysis and prospects for the U.S. in global security”


‘It’s the brotherhood, stupid.’ Values and the Arab Spring

March 27, 2014

By Jill S. Russell: I attended last week a very interesting panel discussion on the Arab Spring [1], its meanings and the response it deserves. A theme that was shared across the panel was that the West [2] owed the movement its support because the latter was promoting the values held to be sacred by … Continue reading “‘It’s the brotherhood, stupid.’ Values and the Arab Spring”


Poland’s troubled Independence Day – a stumbling block to democratisation?

December 6, 2013

by Mateusz Zatoński   Each nation celebrates key dates in history its own way. On the Fourth of July, Americans gather at hot-dog eating contests and firework displays. Britain’s Remembrance Day is a more solemn affair, with the omnipresent poppy, and parades of war veterans applauded by crowds of tourists. Other countries opt for body … Continue reading “Poland’s troubled Independence Day – a stumbling block to democratisation?”


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