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Strife Series on Cyberwarfare and State Perspectives, Part III – The argument for a more critical analysis on the United States

July 23, 2018

By Shivali Bhatt A critical line of argument regarding cyber warfare today is how it has supposedly brought about contextual changes that challenge the balance of power in the international system. The broad consensus is that large, powerful states, like the United States, are losing leverage against those – traditionally – deemed small and weak. … Continue reading “Strife Series on Cyberwarfare and State Perspectives, Part III – The argument for a more critical analysis on the United States”


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”


Strife Series on Cyberwarfare and State Perspectives, Part I – Offensive Cyber Capabilities and Medium Powers: Two Case Studies

July 17, 2018

By Andreas Haggman   Introduction In recent years, traditional military capabilities have been supplemented by the development of offensive cyber capabilities. Examples of cyber capabilities have proved that effects can be achieved in both the kinetic (e.g. Stuxnet, Black Energy) and information spheres (e.g. Crimea, TV5 Monde). However, discussions in this area are often predictable … Continue reading “Strife Series on Cyberwarfare and State Perspectives, Part I – Offensive Cyber Capabilities and Medium Powers: Two Case Studies”


Strife Series on Cyberwarfare and State Perspectives: Strategic effectiveness in Cyberspace – Introduction

July 10, 2018

By Shivali Bhatt     Over the past couple of decades, the world has witnessed an unstoppable and almost inevitable rise in cyber-attacks and acts of digital warfare. Just over ten years ago, the Israeli government successfully disarmed the Syrian air defence system near a nuclear facility, allowing it to destroy the base without having … Continue reading “Strife Series on Cyberwarfare and State Perspectives: Strategic effectiveness in Cyberspace – Introduction”


Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part V – The Future of UN Peacekeeping Operations

April 17, 2018

By Felix Manig The nature of conflict is changing and so must UN peace operations if they are to remain an indispensable and effective tool in promoting international peace and security. What then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon stated in 2014 echoes even louder today, given the ever more politically complex and high-risk environments UN … Continue reading “Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part V – The Future of UN Peacekeeping Operations”


Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part IV – Lessons Through a Gender Lens: The Efforts and Failures of UNMISS

April 10, 2018

By Caitlyn OFlaherty Shockingly gruesome violence has defined South Sudan since civil war broke out in 2013, only two years after it gained independence. Over 50,000 people have been killed since, including tens of thousands of civilians. Over 4 million have been displaced. The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was established in 2011 … Continue reading “Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part IV – Lessons Through a Gender Lens: The Efforts and Failures of UNMISS”


Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part III – Bystanders for 7 years – is the UN ready for a peacekeeping mission in Syria?

April 7, 2018

By Diego Salama and Ortrun Merkle Seven years into the war , Syria has seen over 400,000 casualties and more than five million refugees. Those still in the country suffer from chemical attacks and brutalities from all belligerent actors, with  no end in sight. The question after so many years of bloodshed: isn’t it time for … Continue reading “Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part III – Bystanders for 7 years – is the UN ready for a peacekeeping mission in Syria?”


Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part II – Security Challenges in UN Peacekeeping Operations: How Best to “Fight Back”?

April 5, 2018

By Lenoy Barkai   On 7 December 2018, fifteen Peacekeepers from the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) were killed when armed rebels attacked one of their forward operating bases in North Kivu.[1] The attack raised the estimated death toll of UN Peacekeepers killed in malicious attacks in 2017 to … Continue reading “Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part II – Security Challenges in UN Peacekeeping Operations: How Best to “Fight Back”?”


Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part I – The Fate of UN Peacekeeping and the Changing Tides of Geopolitics

April 3, 2018

By Dr Samir Puri The UN’s viability to act as a peacekeeping force for good is always constrained by geopolitics. When the geopolitical tides change – as they evidently are in the twenty-first century, with the rise of China, the resurgence of Russia, and other developments – the UN feels the impact. When it comes … Continue reading “Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part I – The Fate of UN Peacekeeping and the Changing Tides of Geopolitics”


Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping: Peacekeeping has never been harder – Introduction

March 30, 2018

By Felix Manig The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of United Nations Peacekeeping, one of the organisation’s primary tools for maintaining international peace and security. Over 110,000 peacekeepers currently serve in 15 missions around the world. Based on the three basic principles of consent, impartiality, and non-use of force except in self-defence and defence … Continue reading “Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping: Peacekeeping has never been harder – Introduction”


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