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Strife Feature – Elites and activists in Donetsk before the armed conflict

September 26, 2018

By Daria Platonova   The causes of war in eastern Ukraine (or between the Ukrainian government and Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic) have been interpreted in a wide variety of ways. Two main interpretations emerge: endogenous, that is an interpretation seeking indigenous roots of the conflict, and exogenous, that is looking at the … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Elites and activists in Donetsk before the armed conflict”


Strife Series on Cyberwarfare and State Perspectives, Part II – Deception in Cyberspace: Nation States and False Flag operations

July 19, 2018

Examining the use and effects of false flags in nation state cyberattacks, and how geopolitical analysis may be add value to attribution efforts. By Amy Ertan   ‘The Problem of Attribution’ The problems with cyber attribution form a labyrinth that continue to trouble all those involved in cyber defence and wider security. The challenges determining … Continue reading “Strife Series on Cyberwarfare and State Perspectives, Part II – Deception in Cyberspace: Nation States and False Flag operations”


The West needs to wake up to Information Warfare

May 31, 2018

By Will Bisset   “No amount of propaganda can make right something that the world knows is wrong” – Barak Obama, POTUS, 2014 “In information warfare, the side that tells the truth loses.” – Nikolay Bordyuzha, Secretary General of Collective Security Treaty Organisation, 2014   The aftermath of the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal in … Continue reading “The West needs to wake up to Information Warfare”


Decrypting the effects of the Russian Presidential Election

April 27, 2018

By Jackson Oliver Webster     This article is part of a two-part pre- and post-election analysis of the Russian elections and their significance for the country and region going forward. The pre-election break-down can be found here.   It came as no surprise that, late in the evening of 18 March 2018, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin … Continue reading “Decrypting the effects of the Russian Presidential Election”


The Multi-Domain Battle Doctrine, or the Art of Gambling on Future Warfare

April 20, 2018

By Pierre Dugué In 2007, Secretary of Defence Robert Gates declared ‘We can expect that asymmetrical warfare will remain the mainstay of the contemporary battlefield for some time’. The United States (U.S.) considerably outweighs any military opponent. Hence, asymmetry appears to be a weapon of choice for competitors: terrorist groups in the Middle East and … Continue reading “The Multi-Domain Battle Doctrine, or the Art of Gambling on Future Warfare”


Smoke, Mirrors, Yachts, and Dachas

March 16, 2018

By Jackson Oliver Webster   This article is part of a two-part pre- and post-election analysis of the Russian elections and their significance for the country and region going forward.    Russia’s elections have been crafted the same way a producer designs the season finale of a reality TV show finale: the illusion of suspense hides … Continue reading “Smoke, Mirrors, Yachts, and Dachas”


Donbas Reintegration Law: What Impact on the Minsk Agreements?

March 9, 2018

By Daria Platonova   The low-scale conflict in Ukraine, now in its fourth year, threatens to become a hot war as Ukraine passes a new law titled “Donbas reintegration law”. The law vests the President with new unprecedented rights, widens the prerogatives of the army in the non-government controlled areas of Ukraine and, crucially, calls … Continue reading “Donbas Reintegration Law: What Impact on the Minsk Agreements?”


Strife Feature | Contemporary Russian foreign policy – Examining the Ukraine crisis

August 21, 2017

By William Moray The 2014 Ukrainian Revolution – or Revolution of Dignity – and the subsequent Donbass War (Donbas, in Ukrainian) severely impacted the relations Russia held not only with Ukraine but also the international community. Moscow’s involvement in this conflict holds few secrets. Russian annexation of Crimea and its support provided to secessionist rebels in Donbas … Continue reading “Strife Feature | Contemporary Russian foreign policy – Examining the Ukraine crisis”


Strife Series | Complicated relationships – History’s Influence in Estonia-Russia Relations

August 16, 2017

By Neil Siviter Despite its relatively small population and size, Estonia – the northernmost Baltic state bordering Russia and Latvia – has been increasingly viewed by experts as a zone of possible confrontation between Russia and the West. In light of heightened tensions in this region, how can history help us understand contemporary Estonia-Russia relations? … Continue reading “Strife Series | Complicated relationships – History’s Influence in Estonia-Russia Relations”


Strife Feature – Nationalism and Lessons from Russia

June 8, 2017

By Christopher Morton In 2008 Russia invaded South Ossetia and in 2014 Russia invaded Crimea – both secessionist provinces of Georgia and Ukraine respectively. On the one hand, these interventions can be viewed as a justified defense of the rights of minority populations in these provinces. On the other hand, both interventions were deemed to … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Nationalism and Lessons from Russia”


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