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The Role of History in the British and German Army Officer Corps: Training, Attitudes and Identity

September 18, 2018

By Dr Sarah Katharina Kayß     “Each nation steps into the future carrying the heritage of its own past. This past leaves its mark on the development of society, and on the way people think, including the way the military staff thinks.” (Vladimir Rukavishnikov 2007, 24)   The Study – the book In the … Continue reading “The Role of History in the British and German Army Officer Corps: Training, Attitudes and Identity”


This is the year of the nationalist reckoning

February 19, 2018

By Dr Pablo de Orellana, King’s College London   Nationalism is back. In the last two years, nationalists have conquered the core of conventional politics in an electoral resurgence that has brought it back from the fringes. Its support, discourses and arguments draw on old logics but directly address grievances born out of global effects … Continue reading “This is the year of the nationalist reckoning”


Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part III – The Taiwan issue and mismatching identities: an ontological security perspective

January 25, 2018

By Dean Chen The Taiwan issue is concerned with the political status of Taiwan: whether it should reunify with Mainland China, declare independence as Republic of Taiwan, or maintain the status quo of being de facto independent but de jure remaining within the ‘One China’ framework. While mainstream perspectives focus on Taiwan’s geopolitical significance and … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part III – The Taiwan issue and mismatching identities: an ontological security perspective”


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”


Being English/ British/ European and the politics of difference

July 6, 2016

By: Henry Redwood To say that it has been a bad couple of weeks to be English (or is it British, or European? I’m not sure anymore…) is an understatement. Violent and racist football supporters in France; racist abuse at home; intolerant and divisive politics in all political parties; “Brexit”; and lastly, losing a football match … Continue reading “Being English/ British/ European and the politics of difference”


A reflection on Canadian identity in a moment of crisis

October 23, 2014

By Joana Cook, Editor-in-Chief, Strife Today Canadians watched in horror as Ottawa was locked down when at least one gunman opened fire at the national Parliament, forcing politicians to barricade doors, journalists to dive for cover, all while streaming live across national and international media. When the dust settled, one reservist and one gunman lay dead … Continue reading “A reflection on Canadian identity in a moment of crisis”


Failed, failing, failure – Is Africa disgracing our family?

April 7, 2013

By Tim Glawion All five of the most failed states in the world lie in Africa, calculates the Fund for Peace in its 2012 Index. Mali, as a case in point, has been failing for months now, the army even went as far as fleeing when the Islamist insurgency attacked them. Only mother France’s troops … Continue reading “Failed, failing, failure – Is Africa disgracing our family?”


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