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France Must Address its Threats in Cyberspace or Face the Consequences

November 30, 2017

By Clément Briens  Florence Parly, the new French Minister of the Armed Forces, now has the challenge of leading national strategy- where does cyber security situate in her administration’s vision of French security? (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)   On the 13th of October, the French Ministry of Defense, led by Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed … Continue reading “France Must Address its Threats in Cyberspace or Face the Consequences”


Strife Series on British Security Post-Brexit, Part I – Brexit, Empire and British Security

March 14, 2017

By: Dr Samir Puri The end of its Empire was Britain’s last seismic rearrangement of its alignments and alliances. Today, Britain is slowly and painfully disentangling itself from the European Union. Of course, the two processes are incomparable in all but the most analogical, journalistic terms. Or are they? “As I look out upon the … Continue reading “Strife Series on British Security Post-Brexit, Part I – Brexit, Empire and British Security”


Strife Interview – Defence Journalist Jean-Dominique Merchet on the French intelligence reforms

March 10, 2017

The French presidential elections are due to take place in a few weeks. They will have a significant impact on the short-term future of this country. The first round will be held on 23 April 2017 and the second round on 7 May 2017. The future Head of State will have to deal with several … Continue reading “Strife Interview – Defence Journalist Jean-Dominique Merchet on the French intelligence reforms”


Entretien avec Jean-Dominique Merchet sur les Réformes du Renseignement en France

La France vivra dans quelques semaines des élections présidentielles dont l’enjeu est de taille pour l’avenir immédiat du pays. De nombreux dossiers attendent le futur chef de l’Etat, parmi lesquels la vague de terrorisme, une hypothétique réforme du renseignement, ou encore l’avenir de la construction européenne. William Moray, de Strife, s’entretient avec Jean-Dominique Merchet (@jdomerchet) … Continue reading “Entretien avec Jean-Dominique Merchet sur les Réformes du Renseignement en France”


Strife Series on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Part V – A perpetual state of emergency: the case of France

January 27, 2017

By: Silvia Sclafani In times of crisis, governments often impose a state of emergency in which national security takes priority over individual rights originally safeguarded by the state. A state of emergency and the ensuing heightened security measures are intended to last for a short period, during which the government attempts to secure the state and … Continue reading “Strife Series on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Part V – A perpetual state of emergency: the case of France”


President Hollande’s Nonchalance with ‘Classified Information’

December 3, 2016

By: William Moray A book written by two French journalists has been causing mayhem in France’s political arena for the past month. Published on October 11, 2016, A President Should Not Say That – Secrets of Five Years in Office was written by Gérard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme, who both work for the daily newspaper … Continue reading “President Hollande’s Nonchalance with ‘Classified Information’”


France: Aftershocks of Terror Attacks

November 14, 2016

By: Nicolas Seidman This past year has been an unequivocal security challenge to the French government. November 13th marks the one-year anniversary of the Paris attacks, which left 130 dead and 368 wounded, as well as the State of emergency, still currently in place. France has sustained three additional significant terrorist attacks since last November, … Continue reading “France: Aftershocks of Terror Attacks”


France’s Greatest Security Challenge: The Identity Crisis

November 13, 2016

By: Anastasia Beck In only two years, France has suffered four terrorist attacks–two in Paris and one each in Nice and Rouen–in which 229 people died. The perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Cherif and Said and one of the perpetrators of the November attacks, Samy Amimour, had lived in the infamous suburbs of Paris … Continue reading “France’s Greatest Security Challenge: The Identity Crisis”


Libya’s civil war & the importance of strategic sequencing

May 6, 2016

By: Robert Andrea One of the most overlooked aspects in strategic deliberations is that of sequencing. It is much more common for the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of a policy to receive the lion’s share of analysis. Despite this, the order in which the segments of a strategy are implemented can often be just as … Continue reading “Libya’s civil war & the importance of strategic sequencing”


France’s State of emergency- fight against terror or liberty?

March 10, 2016

By: Nicolas Seidman “The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.” -Leon Trotsky ‘Their morals and ours’ The 13th of November will, for many years to come, mark a day of remembrance in France. Where on that night in 2015 one hundred and thirty Frenchmen and women, … Continue reading “France’s State of emergency- fight against terror or liberty?”


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