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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: 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”


US Cruise Missile Strike in Syria and Implications for International Law

April 20, 2017

By Toby Fenton   The US approach to Syria has entered a new phase. On 4 April, a suspected chemical attack [i] occurred in Khan Sheikhoun, a town in Syria’s Idlib province; more than 80 people have reportedly been killed, with many others suffering from related symptoms. According to the US, UK and NATO, Syrian fighter … Continue reading “US Cruise Missile Strike in Syria and Implications for International Law”


Strife Feature – The challenges of anticipatory self-defence

February 17, 2017

By: Toby Fenton With World War II underway, in August 1941, Britain and the USSR invaded Iran in an operation lasting several weeks. In June 1967, Israel launched an attack on Egypt, destroying most of the Egyptian air force and marking the start of the Six Day War. In March 2003 a US-led coalition invaded … Continue reading “Strife Feature – The challenges of anticipatory self-defence”


Financing Terror: A Strife 4-part series

January 7, 2015

By: Maya Ehrmann: Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Taliban are household names these days. Yet, in the climate of the ‘War on Terror’, how do organisations like these survive and even thrive? It takes more than just strong leadership and organizational skills to uphold the proper functioning of terrorist groups – it takes money. Terrorism … Continue reading “Financing Terror: A Strife 4-part series”


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