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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”


The Cyber Hangover: British cyber strategy before and after WannaCry

February 5, 2018

By Clément Briens This article is a follow-up to my previous blog entry, that examined French national cyber strategy, and which can be found here. More fear than harm The WannaCry ransomware that plagued the National Health Service (NHS) in May 2017 served as a wake-up call for many, as it demonstrated the vulnerability of the … Continue reading “The Cyber Hangover: British cyber strategy before and after WannaCry”


Strife Series on British Security Post-Brexit, Part II – Stormy Seas: The UK-US Relationship under Trump

March 18, 2017

By: Christina Dutton     The UK has spent the past half-century balancing two primary foreign policy commitments: its membership in the European Union (EU) and its ‘special relationship’ with the United States (USA). Primed and ready to pull the trigger on Article 50, However, Britain seems to be leaning hardest on its American ally … Continue reading “Strife Series on British Security Post-Brexit, Part II – Stormy Seas: The UK-US Relationship under Trump”


Extremism, environment, and new security dynamics: Strife in conversation with RUSI Director, Dr. Karin von Hippel

June 2, 2016

Interviewed by: Harris Kuemmerle Harris Kuemmerle – Where do you see climate change fitting within the wider European security dynamic moving forward? Do you feel that European policy makers adequately appreciate the security risks of climate change? Or is it still seen as somewhat of a secondary security issue? Karin von Hippel – I think … Continue reading “Extremism, environment, and new security dynamics: Strife in conversation with RUSI Director, Dr. Karin von Hippel”


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”


PROXY Capabilities – Costs and burden sharing in Draft Investigatory Powers Bill: The battle between the Home Office and communication service providers

April 8, 2016

This is the fifth piece in a series of articles we will be featuring on Strife in the coming week looking at the role of Proxy Warfare in the 21st century by Series Editor Cheng Lai Ki. Previous articles in the series can be found here. By: Mustafa Batuhan Albas On 4 November 2015, the UK government published a … Continue reading “PROXY Capabilities – Costs and burden sharing in Draft Investigatory Powers Bill: The battle between the Home Office and communication service providers”


Is democratic peace theory undermined on the cyber battlefield?

October 30, 2015

By: Archie Jobson Remote Control is a project hosted by the London-based think tank Oxford Research Group, set up to examine changes in military engagement, in particular the use of drones, special forces, private military companies and cyber warfare. They recently hosted an essay competition for participants in response to the question ‘Is remote control effective in solving … Continue reading “Is democratic peace theory undermined on the cyber battlefield?”


NATO, State (Re)emergence, and Military Capabilities and Commitments: the Terms of the Debate

October 19, 2015

By: Alex Calvo   The possible (re)emergence of states within NATO, at a time of renewed international tensions and widespread concern over the capabilities and commitments of existing member states, means that any such country seeking recognition will have to answer a fundamental question: will the combined capabilities and commitments of the two resulting successor … Continue reading “NATO, State (Re)emergence, and Military Capabilities and Commitments: the Terms of the Debate”


Controversy over interpreters reminder of failures in Afghanistan

September 19, 2015

By Alex Calvo: The fate of the almost 3,000 interpreters who worked with the British forces in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province has recently been highlighted in the media, prompting a debate about whether they should be allowed to settle in Great Britain. The interpreters fear reprisals and some have already suffered violence or even death in their native … Continue reading “Controversy over interpreters reminder of failures in Afghanistan”


The Politics of Authenticity

September 14, 2015

By: Claire Yorke Are we ready for our politicians to really be themselves?  Authenticity is a rare commodity in politics but one that is in high demand. The Labour leadership election last week provided a telling case in point. Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran backbencher and political outsider of the party, rose in the polls from … Continue reading “The Politics of Authenticity”


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