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NATO is wounded, this Summit could break it

July 12, 2018

By Dr Zachary Wolfraim In light of the recent chaos consuming British politics and the looming NATO summit, I revisited an article I wrote on the eve of the US election in 2016 hoping it would outline a worst-case scenario, rather than reality. At that time, NATO was heading into uncertainty with the reality of Brexit … Continue reading “NATO is wounded, this Summit could break it”


How much is enough? The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review and the value of nuclear parity

February 11, 2018

By Alexandria Reid   The release of the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) on 2nd February marks a decisive shift from the Obama Administration’s approach to nuclear weapons. Responding to a ‘dramatic deterioration of the strategic environment’ since the last review was published in 2010, this NPR contains a particularly notable departure in US … Continue reading “How much is enough? The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review and the value of nuclear parity”


Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part IV – Pyongyang: The View From Beijing

January 29, 2018

  By Riccardo Cociani There is nothing easy regarding Beijing’s strategic calculus about North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK). China’s difficult relationship with the DPRK rests upon balancing its vital interests: first, peace and stability on the Korean peninsula; second, its denuclearization; third, the preservation of its influential relationship with DPRK; fourth, crisis-prevention[1]. … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part IV – Pyongyang: The View From Beijing”


Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part I – The view from Pyongyang

January 19, 2018

By Ashley Ryan     The view from Pyongyang is fundamentally different than that of the West. Pyongyang has not only a more monolithic perspective than that of London or Washington (the natural consequence of any dictatorship), it is a culturally and qualitatively dissimilar viewpoint. In order to analyse the outlook of the Democratic People’s Republic … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part I – The view from Pyongyang”


How might Europe react to Trump’s Iran Deal policy?

October 26, 2017

By Lélia Rousselet and Jackson Webster   The Iran Deal – former American President Barack Obama’s defining diplomatic accomplishment – may soon be coming to an end. The “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” (JCPOA) was signed in July 2015 and marked the end of eight years of intense multilateral diplomatic efforts, conducted by the Permanent Members … Continue reading “How might Europe react to Trump’s Iran Deal policy?”


Trump’s pledge to “totally destroy” North Korea – a threat too far?

October 20, 2017

By Toby Fenton   In his speech at the UN General Assembly in September, US President Donald Trump declared that “North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.” Laying out the proposed US response to this threat, Trump made his position clear: while … Continue reading “Trump’s pledge to “totally destroy” North Korea – a threat too far?”


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”


War from the skies: The rise of US strategic airpower under Trump

April 29, 2017

By Hemant Shivakumar A few weeks ago, the US military dropped a ten-ton Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) to purportedly take out ISIS-K militants operating close to the Pakistan border (in Nangarhar province) in Eastern Afghanistan. Employing a high-wattage munition against an asymmetrically weaker group signaled the Trump administration’s unprecedented, high-stakes approach towards tackling non-conventional … Continue reading “War from the skies: The rise of US strategic airpower under Trump”


US Cruise Missile Strike in Syria and Implications for International Law

April 20, 2017

By Toby Fenton   The US approach to Syria has entered a new phase. On 4 April, a suspected chemical attack [i] occurred in Khan Sheikhoun, a town in Syria’s Idlib province; more than 80 people have reportedly been killed, with many others suffering from related symptoms. According to the US, UK and NATO, Syrian fighter … Continue reading “US Cruise Missile Strike in Syria and Implications for International Law”


Politics of Fear: From Frank Capra to Donald Trump

February 12, 2017

By: Kyriakos Michail At first, it might be difficult to understand how a former world-renowned Hollywood director from the 1930s and 1940s has anything to do with politics, fear and Donald Trump. Frank Capra was one of the first individuals who made it conventional to use fear as an institutionalized political tool. His propaganda work … Continue reading “Politics of Fear: From Frank Capra to Donald Trump”


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