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Strife Feature | Escalation in Action: An Addendum to ‘Clausewitz On Campus’

March 19, 2018

By M.L.R. Smith     Last December Strife published an article, ‘Clausewitz On Campus’, by me on the militarisation of the university environment. The article pointed to the increasingly violent rhetoric on campus and the manner in which this was, in some instances, manifesting itself in actual cases of physical violence. The piece sought to conceptualise … Continue reading “Strife Feature | Escalation in Action: An Addendum to ‘Clausewitz On Campus’”


Generation Terrorists: The Politics of Youth and the Gangs of Freetown

March 5, 2018

By Dr Kieran Mitton  Youth at Risk – Youth as Risk On the evening of the 15th February, six leading presidential candidates for the Sierra Leone presidential elections took to the stage. Over three hours of a live broadcasted debate, each answered questions about their plans for the country. Seen by some as a milestone in … Continue reading “Generation Terrorists: The Politics of Youth and the Gangs of Freetown”


Organised crime and terrorism Part IV: Setting examples: Violence as communication in Mexico’s Cartel War

February 19, 2016

This is the fourth, and final, piece in Strife’s four-part series exploring the relationship between organised crime and terrorism in a 21st century security environment. The first, second, and third parts can be found here, here, and here, respectively. By: Joe Atkins Too often, some conflicts attract attention only when something abnormally brutal happens. This occurred … Continue reading “Organised crime and terrorism Part IV: Setting examples: Violence as communication in Mexico’s Cartel War”


Organised crime and terrorism Part III: Letters from Dubai: D-Company’ and the ‘93 Mumbai terror attacks

February 18, 2016

This is the third piece in Strife’s four-part series exploring the relationship between organised crime and terrorism in a 21st century security environment. The first and second parts can be found here and here, respectively. By: Andrea Varsori Rags-to-riches criminal overlords do not normally lack ambition; yet, most of them do not aim to claim … Continue reading “Organised crime and terrorism Part III: Letters from Dubai: D-Company’ and the ‘93 Mumbai terror attacks”


Organised crime and terrorism Part I: Godfathers and bombs – organised crime and terrorist tactics

February 15, 2016

This introductory piece is the first in a four-part series exploring the relationship between organised crime and terrorism in a 21st century security environment.  By: Andrea Varsori The general understanding of how criminal organisations work implies that the leaders of those groups are mostly discreet, business-minded folks[1]. After all, criminal organisations have one, big task … Continue reading “Organised crime and terrorism Part I: Godfathers and bombs – organised crime and terrorist tactics”


'Still violent, vulnerable and vital'. Pakistan's prospects for 2014

January 10, 2014

by Zoha Waseem In Pakistan’s 67th year of existence, living with violence in contested spaces appears to have become a norm. Since 2003, over 50,000 Pakistanis have been killed in terrorism-related violence. An estimated 5,366 people were killed last year alone; over half of them reportedly in urban violence in Karachi. In the beginning of … Continue reading “'Still violent, vulnerable and vital'. Pakistan's prospects for 2014”


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