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India and Pakistan on the Brink of War at Jammu and Kashmir: What Role for China?

March 6, 2019

By Axel Dessein 6 March 2019 Next to the ongoing U.S.-China trade war and the premature ending of Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in Vietnam’s Hanoi, it seems somewhat odd that the risk of war between the two nuclear-armed countries India and Pakistan was only the third newsworthy item last week. In … Continue reading “India and Pakistan on the Brink of War at Jammu and Kashmir: What Role for China?”


Can the Trump Peace Plan Survive Political Upheaval in Israel’s Upcoming Elections?

March 4, 2019

By Lauren Mellinger 4 March 2019   As Israelis prepare to vote on April 9, the Trump administration has announced that at long last, the U.S. peace plan, which President Trump has referred to as ‘the deal of the century’, will be unveiled in April. The fate of the plan however, and of the prospect … Continue reading “Can the Trump Peace Plan Survive Political Upheaval in Israel’s Upcoming Elections?”


In the Line of Fire: A Conversation with Photojournalist Fabiola Ferrero

March 1, 2019

By Atina Dimitrova 1 March 2019    Caracas-born war photographer Fabiola Ferrero talks to Atina Dimitrova about her dangerous career and how she deals with documenting tragedy.   As fifteen guerrillas surrounded her and forced her to hand over her protective vest, gas mask, helmet and camera equipment, Fabiola Ferrero tried to block the anxiety … Continue reading “In the Line of Fire: A Conversation with Photojournalist Fabiola Ferrero”


Will India and Pakistan Go To War?

February 28, 2019

By Saawani Raje 28 February 2019    “Will India and Pakistan ever go to war?” This question has gained new significance since Pakistan shot down two Indian fighter jets early on the morning of 27th February and captured the pilot of one. For Pakistan, this escalation makes sense if you consider the escalation pyramid explained … Continue reading “Will India and Pakistan Go To War?”


Is Balakot a Point of No Return? Revisiting Asymmetric Escalation in South Asia

By Kamaldeep Singh Sandhu 28 February 2019    The current situation In the early hours of 26 February 2019, twelve Indian Mirage-2000 aircrafts carried out an air raid in Balakot, Pakistan, in retaliation of a suicide attack on India’s Central Reserve Police Force (paramilitary force used for internal security) convoy in Pulwama near Srinagar in Jammu … Continue reading “Is Balakot a Point of No Return? Revisiting Asymmetric Escalation in South Asia”


Conscription Reform and the Future of Military Manpower in Turkey

February 12, 2019

By Onur Kara 12 February 2019   The military draft is making headlines again following several decades in decline. France seeks to re-introduce the national service and several gulf Arab states went ahead with implementing conscription despite their relatively small populations. Even Tunisia, known for maintaining a modest army, had a debate about making the … Continue reading “Conscription Reform and the Future of Military Manpower in Turkey”


A Nuke-Free UK? A Case Against Unilateral Disarmament

January 28, 2019

By Sarah M. Koch  28 January 2019   When the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, a new era of international relations began. As President Truman asserted in his last State of the Union address on January 7, 1953, a nuclear war could ‘destroy the very structure of a civilization that … Continue reading “A Nuke-Free UK? A Case Against Unilateral Disarmament”


Event Review — The Future of UK Grand Strategy

January 10, 2019

By Harrison Brewer 4 January 2019   Strife and PS21 joined forces to present a fascinating panel discussion on the future of the UK’s grand strategy. We live in an uncertain world that gets more uncertain by the minute, as the United Kingdom flails around Brexit, Trump’s America turns away from Europe, and Europe looks … Continue reading “Event Review — The Future of UK Grand Strategy”


Tactical Instability on the South China Sea and Sino-American Decoupling

October 30, 2018

By Axel Dessein 30 October 2018 In late September 2018, a Chinese Luyang-class destroyer nearly collided with the American destroyer U.S.S. Decatur during a Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea. These operations are essentially aimed at signalling a commitment to keeping the sea lanes open, the near-collision demonstrates that such commitments … Continue reading “Tactical Instability on the South China Sea and Sino-American Decoupling”


Strife Review – Khaled Hosseini, Sea Prayer: Refugees, Storytelling and the importance of Human Dignity

October 3, 2018

By Anna Plunkett   “I have heard it said that we are the uninvited. We are the unwelcome. We should take our misfortune elsewhere. But I hear your mother’s voice, Over the tide, And she whispers in my ear, ‘Oh, but if they saw, my darling. Even half of what you have. If only they … Continue reading “Strife Review – Khaled Hosseini, Sea Prayer: Refugees, Storytelling and the importance of Human Dignity”


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