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Insurgency Scenario in Arunachal Pradesh

February 9, 2018

By Athul Menath   The North Eastern states of India – often referred to as ‘the Seven Sister’ states – have been affected by insurgency in varying proportions since the 1950’s. Although the root causes of insurgencies can be traced back to India’s chaotic partition and colonial history, these violent movements arguably have been sustained due to … Continue reading “Insurgency Scenario in Arunachal Pradesh”

ULFA: A Persistent Threat

January 16, 2018

By Athul Menath   Since 1979, the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) has been at the forefront of insurgent violence in the Indian state of Assam. The group sprang up during the ‘anti-outsider’ agitation which demanded the expulsion of ethnic Bengalis whose large scale influx had impacted the local demography of Assam. Soon the … Continue reading “ULFA: A Persistent Threat”

Resource-Induced Conflicts, Part I: Petro-violence in the Niger Delta

September 16, 2016

By: Obi, Cyril and Siri Aas Rustad   Since the turn of the century, petro-violence has brought the oil-producing Niger Delta to the forefront of international energy and security concerns for strategic, socio-economic, historical and political reasons. However, the root causes of this conflict lie in decades of marginalisation of the region’s inhabitants, pollution and the … Continue reading “Resource-Induced Conflicts, Part I: Petro-violence in the Niger Delta”

The Strategy of Star Wars: The Rebel Alliance as a Maoist Insurgency

December 11, 2015

Star Wars has been a cultural behemoth for over forty years. As fans of the series well know, in its origins, George Lucas’s original trilogy of films drew heavily from preceding works. Its plot, themes, and even individual characters were significantly influenced by the Flash Gordon serials, as well as the films of Kurosawa. Indeed, … Continue reading “The Strategy of Star Wars: The Rebel Alliance as a Maoist Insurgency”

Strife Remembers, Remembers

November 5, 2013

by Jill. S. Russell It is that time of year when conspirators and urban mayhem are ritually on the minds of Londoners. One year on from the start of Strife and the first of my Guy Fawkes pieces, it is worth considering how two recent events can fundamentally shift the terms of urban security, either … Continue reading “Strife Remembers, Remembers”


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