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The buck passing stops here on European norms for drones

October 11, 2018

By Delina Goxho   The most recent Trump administration changes to the policies regulating drone strikes are still secret, but what we do know sets a dangerous precedent on the use of armed drones and the use of force broadly, with strong implications to the USA as well as Europe. . The current U.S. policy … Continue reading “The buck passing stops here on European norms for drones”


Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part V – The Future of UN Peacekeeping Operations

April 17, 2018

By Felix Manig The nature of conflict is changing and so must UN peace operations if they are to remain an indispensable and effective tool in promoting international peace and security. What then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon stated in 2014 echoes even louder today, given the ever more politically complex and high-risk environments UN … Continue reading “Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part V – The Future of UN Peacekeeping Operations”


India’s eye in the sky: combat drones in the Kashmiri equation

November 1, 2016

By: Gen Kawasaki and Chu Kah Leong The use of drones as a sophisticated means of deterrence and tactical precision has constituted one of the most prominent features of counterinsurgency in the twenty-first century. Represented in this instance by India’s ongoing negotiations for a drone partnership with the U.S., this newfound interest sheds important light … Continue reading “India’s eye in the sky: combat drones in the Kashmiri equation”


PROXY Capabilities – Proliferation and Patronage: UAV Diffusion as a New Form of Proxy

April 6, 2016

This is the third of a series of articles we will be featuring on Strife in the coming week looking at the role of Proxy Warfare in the 21st century by Series Editor Cheng Lai Ki. Previous articles in the series can be found here. By: Rian Whitton Though having existed for most of the twentieth century, … Continue reading “PROXY Capabilities – Proliferation and Patronage: UAV Diffusion as a New Form of Proxy”


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?”


Is remote control effective in solving security problems?

October 20, 2015

By: Chad Daniel Tumelty Editors note: 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 … Continue reading “Is remote control effective in solving security problems?”


Hezbollah in Syria: a game of high stakes

June 19, 2015

By Kitty Veress: The Western world has been quick to label Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria and Iraq as nefarious and threatening while failing to consider the wider strategic implications. A more comprehensive perspective is needed to evaluate the risks and opportunities the extremist Shi’ite group faces in its support of the Syrian regime. The potential … Continue reading “Hezbollah in Syria: a game of high stakes”


Wahaishi is gone, but AQAP will thrive in absence of political solution

June 16, 2015

By Joana Cook: News broke this morning of the death of Nassir al-Wahaishi, the second in command of al-Qaeda, and the leader of its strongest affiliate group, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula (AQAP). Wahaishi was reportedly killed in a drone strike, said to have taken place in the port city of Mukallah, Yemen. While this strike … Continue reading “Wahaishi is gone, but AQAP will thrive in absence of political solution”


Review: 'Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone Wars' by Chris Woods

June 15, 2015

By Harris Kuemmerle: Chris Woods, Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars. London, UK: Hurst Publishers., 2015. Pages: 400. £20.00 (hardback). ISBN: 9781849044028.  The recent growth over the past decade in the scope and complexity of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in warfare is remarkable not only for the immense pace by which the technology and procedural practices have matured, … Continue reading “Review: 'Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone Wars' by Chris Woods”


Drones series, Part V. The biopolitics of drone warfare

April 22, 2014

By Daniel Møller Ølgaard: The current debate on armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, focuses mostly on legal implications and moral implications of their use. Issues such as civilian deaths, as well as the strategic implications and tactical advantages of drones are reigning supreme in the academic and public discussions. Yet these … Continue reading “Drones series, Part V. The biopolitics of drone warfare”


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