What is Strife?
Strife is a dual format publication comprised of Strife academic blog, as well as the peer-reviewed academic journal, Strife Journal, which is published biannually. Strife is led by doctoral and graduate researchers based in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Our contributors come from a wide range of backgrounds including graduate and doctoral researchers, staff and faculty at King’s, and leading experts from around the world.
Our thematic focus is ‘conflict’ in all shapes, forms and senses of the word. We combine political, historical, literary, and philosophical approaches to conflict (among other things) for our readers. We aim to provide thought-provoking, unique perspectives in all our work.
Ever since our foundation, in 2012, by a group of MA students, with the fundamental support of members of staff as well as PhD candidates, Strife has grown to reach a global audience. From the 8,000 annual views of 2012, Strife grew to reach 70,000 views in 2015 and 870,000 in 2017. As our 2018 Readers Survey shows, our audience is made by scholars, practitioners, and students from all around the world.
Who runs Strife?
Anna Plunkett – Editor-in-Chief, Strife Blog and Journal
Anna is a doctoral researcher at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. She received her BA in Politics and Economics from the University of York, before receiving a scholarship to continue her studies at York with an MA in Post-War Recovery. She was the recipient of the Guido Galli Award for her MA dissertation. Her primary interests include conflict and democracy at the sub-national level, understanding how various political orders are impacted by transitions at the sub-national level.
Anna’s main area of focus is Myanmar’s ethnic borderlands and ongoing conflicts in the region. She has previously worked as a human rights researcher focusing on military impunity and its impact on the community in Myanmar. Over the past few years, she has worked on several large research projects and has conducted field research evaluating Bosnia’s post-war recovery twenty years after the Dayton Peace Accords. She works as a strategic consultant and trainer with NGOs and CSOs in South East Asia building capacity and sustainability within small organisations.
Anna started at Strife as a Senior Editor, after managing the journal over the past year she has taken on the role of Editor in Chief at Strife Blog and Journal. You can follow her @AnnaBPlunkett or find her on LinkedIn.
Krisztine Csortea — Managing Editor Journal
Krisztina is a part-time PhD researcher in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. She received her BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and her MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. After graduating from the LSE, Krisztina joined Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, where she is now the Deputy Editor of the journal International Affairs. This journal is co-published by Chatham House and Oxford University Press and is a top-five ranked journal in the field based on impact factor. Krisztina’s research focuses on the Responsibility to Protect. She is particularly interested in prevention and protection under the second pillar of the concept.
Michael C. Davies — Coordinating Editor Journal
Michael C. Davies is a PhD candidate in Defence Studies at King’s College London, focusing on the theory and practise of strategic victory. Until recently, he was an editor for Jones Day. He previously worked at the U.S. National Defense University, conducting lessons learned research on the Wars of 9/11. He co-authored Human Terrain Teams: An Organizational Innovation for Sociocultural Knowledge in Irregular Warfare and Revolution Abandoned: The Civilian Expeditionary Workforce at War, and co-edited Changing Mindsets to Transform Security: Leader Development for a Complex and Unpredictable World. He is one of the progenitors of the Human Domain doctrinal concept. He studied at the Australian National University, receiving a Master of Strategic Affairs at the Strategic and Defence Studies Center and a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science.
Nikolai Gourof — Book Reviews Editor, Strife Journal
Nikolai is a historian and a PhD researcher at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Formerly a lawyer and a corporate consultant, he has first-hand knowledge of contemporary Greece and Russia. It is the early modern world, however, that has stolen his heart. His current research focuses on the evolution of the culture and practice of war in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain. Additionally, he retains a strong interest in the history of sixteenth-century Russia, and its reception and projection in the post-Soviet world. The treatment of war and history in art, literature and cinema has been a lifelong fascination.
Axel Dessein — Managing Editor Blog
Axel Dessein is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Grand Strategy (War Studies) at King’s College London and the Managing Editor of the department’s academic blog, Strife. A recipient of the Leverhulme Trust Scholarship on Post-Western Visions, his research takes a conceptual approach to “China’s rise” and the socialist modernisation, the aim of the Chinese Communist Party, that is visible therein. His main argument contends that China’s rise is currently moving from aspiration to actuality, a period in time where the country’s capabilities have grown considerably yet challenges to fulfil this rise to power remain legion. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Oriental Languages and Cultures: China from Ghent University (Belgium). During these studies, he furthered his Mandarin-Chinese language skills at Liaoning University (PR China) and National Chengchi University (Taiwan). You can follow him on Twitter @AxelDessein.
Hillary Briffa – Communications Manager
Hillary Briffa recently completed her PhD in War Studies at King’s College London, asking whether small states can have a Grand Strategy. She teaches at Birkbeck University of London, Queen Mary University of London, and King’s College London. She is also a Teaching Fellow at the Royal College of Defence Studies (Belgravia), and teaches at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (Swindon), both part of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Previously, she served as Youth Ambassador for Malta to the OSCE for three years, and interned at the Malta High Commission to the UK during Malta’s tenure as Commonwealth Chair-in-Office. In 2015 she was appointed an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and in 2016 became a recipient of the U.S. State Department’s inaugural Emerging Young Leaders award.
Isabela Betoret Garcia – Social Media Officer
Isabela first completed a Foundation Programme in International Relations and is now a third-year War Studies and History BA. She also works as an International Relations and Politics Tutor for King’s Foundations. She is Mexican-Spanish and lived most of her life in Mexico until she moved to London, and this background has given her a keen interest in migration. She is also interested in how the every-day has become politicised through media, and what this means for the future of journalism and politics. You can follow her on Twitter @isa_betoret.
Timothy Moots — Senior Editor
Tim is a PhD candidate at the Department of War Studies. His research interests are naval history, strategic history, and imperialism. His research examines how the Royal Navy maintained access to overseas bases during the interwar period, in light of naval arms treaties, constitutional developments across the British Empire, and emerging threats from new naval powers. Tim completed his MA at the department graduating with distinction, his thesis explored the evolution of USN capabilities following the 1979 Iranian Revolution and Soviet-Afghan War. He was awarded the British Commission for Maritime History Award for his undergraduate thesis “Economic decline during the Hundred Year’s War”.
Stanislava Mladenova — Senior Editor
Stanislava Mladenova is a doctoral candidate at King’s College London. Her area of focus is exploring the interaction between military and civilian entities in military operations other than war. Prior to her current study, Stanislava was a Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace’s Justice and Security Dialogue Program, where she focused on implementing projects targeted to establish dialogue and cooperation between the police forces, gendarmerie, and local communities in six West African countries. Prior to USIP, Stanislava was the Chief of Operations for the Afghanistan Rising Initiative (ARI) at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, where she oversaw all daily activities in standing up the ARI Program. She also served as a Political Adviser to the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she was responsible for advising the NATO Ambassador on economic issues, governance, corruption, disaster management, gender, humanitarianism and the recruitment of boy soldiers. Prior to her work in Afghanistan, Stanislava was responsible for reforming business processes across NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium where her main task was to align NATO’s organizational reform initiatives with the Alliance’s political and structural objectives.
Will Reynolds — Senior Editor
William Reynolds is a Leverhulme Scholar Doctoral Candidate with the Centre of Grand Strategy and Laughton Unit in the War Studies Department, Kings College London. Graduating with a Bachelor’s in War Studies, and Masters in National Security Studies from the same department, William’s interests have evolved from military history to maritime security and grand strategy, particularly regarding Britain and the Indo-Pacific area. William’s research focuses on British and Japanese interactions in the grand strategic space post-1945. Over the years, William has conducted work with the King’s Japan Programme regarding maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, with a particular focus on the maritime arena as a domain for interstate interactions. This has included United States Navy carrier and amphibious group deployments, Royal Navy deployments in the region from 1998 and, more recently, Chinese and Japanese Coast Guard procurement, history and interactions in the East China Sea. Outside of University, he works as a research analyst for an IED threat mitigation company, with a focus on Europe and Syria.
Victor Vieira — Senior Editor
Victor is a Visiting Ph.D. Researcher that joined the War Studies Department in 2019, coming from the Military Sciences Ph.D. Program of the Brazilian Army Command and General Staff College (ECEME). His current research on the instrumentalization of development policies by the Communist Party of China to achieve the social stabilization of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang Autonomous Region is funded by the Brazilian Federal Foundation for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES). His research interests include Chinese Politics and Development; Chinese Security and Surveillance Policies; Communist Party of China’s Ideology; Latina America-China Relations; Critical Theory and Ideology; Critical Theory and Surveillance; and Security and Development. He had experience as a lecturer at the Candido Mendes University (UCAM) and served at the Brazilian Ministry of Defence where he worked on the financing and support for academic researchers in the areas of Defence and Security Studies. He holds an MA in Political Science from the University Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro (IUPERJ) and a BA in Legal and Social Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). You can follow him on Twitter @victorccvieira.
Matthew Wiger — Senior Editor
Saawani Raje — Senior Editor
Saawani is a PhD candidate at the King’s India Institute and a recipient of the King’s India Scholarship. Her PhD research is primarily a historical examination into civil-military decision-making during crises in independent India. After graduating from the University of Cambridge, she obtained an MA in South Asia and Global Security. She was previously a Research Associate at the Centre for Policy Research in Delhi, on the Oxford University Press Handbook on Indian Foreign Relations. While at King’s, she has been the Programme Manager for the FCO Diplomatic Academy South Asia Conference and has been teaching undergraduates at the Department of War Studies. Her wider research interests include diplomatic history, foreign policy, diplomacy and the study of contemporary conflicts. You can follow her on Twitter @saawaniraje.
Li Lin – Senior Editor
Lin is a fully-funded doctoral researcher in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. Her research interest includes: Strategic Studies, Chinese Studies, and National IdentityLi Lin did her BA in Law at School of International Studies, Peking University in Beijing; MA in Geopolitics, Territory and Security at Department of Geography, KCL; MA in History of Warfare, Department of War Studies, KCL. She has previously worked as TA for School of International Studies and RA for the Institute of International and Strategic Studies of PKU, and in her gap year as Program Manager for Office of International Affairs. She is an Observer of PKU Youth Think Tank since 2018. Li Lin is also an international Chinese Zheng musician who has published concerto CDs and held a series of concerts internationally. She also writes as a columnist.
Andreas Moeller — Senior Editor
Andreas is a PhD candidate in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. His research focuses on war crimes and atrocities during the Bosnian war of the 1990s. He examines court transcripts and documents from the extensive archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at The Hague. His research interests broadly revolve around themes of mass violence in twentieth-century history, the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, and how atrocities are prosecuted by international criminal law. Andreas holds a BA in history from the University of Leeds and more recently an MPhil in modern European history from the University of Cambridge.
John A. Pennell – Senior Editor
John is a doctoral researcher in the Defence Studies Department (DSD) within the School of Security Studies at King’s College London. His PhD is focused upon asymmetric warfare as it relates to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. In addition to specific research interests in Ukraine, Russia, and other former Soviet states, his broader research interests include the role of soft power in conflict; strategic thought; unconventional warfare; and the Middle East.
John is also a Career Member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, currently serving in Kyiv, Ukraine. His prior assignments have included Afghanistan, El Salvador, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, and Uzbekistan. He has an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University/National War College (Washington, D.C.), an MA in Political Science from American University (Washington, D.C.), and a BA in Politics from The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.).
You can follow him on Twitter @jpennell1970 .
Negah Angha – Senior Editor
Negah Angha is a PhD Candidate in the Department of War Studies. Her research interests include the role of religion, conflict and peacebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as ethical practices and local conflict resolution techniques in Sufi communities in the diaspora and MENA region. She holds an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (2002) and MBA (2005) from American University. She is also a member of Chatham House. Negah comes to the War Studies Department after 14 years in the U.S. government focused on foreign policy. She is currently on a sabbatical from the U.S. Department of State where she represented the US on complex bilateral and multilateral negotiations; advised on issues related to the UN Security Council, peacekeeping, sanctions, counter-terrorism, and anti-corruption; and coordinated international donor and assistance efforts in MENA and South Asia. Twitter @negah_angha
Alicia Bates – Senior Editor
Alicia is a doctoral research student within the Dickson Pool Law School at King’s College London, with a second supervisor based in the Department of War Studies. Alicia’s research examines how insurance law can be reformed to mitigate the systemic risk of terrorism and cyber-attacks. In this vein, Alicia is analysing how the fields of law and war studies can work together to produce socially beneficial results. Alicia holds an LLB from the University of Newcastle, an LLM from the University of Warwick and has been called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. Alongside her PhD, Alicia is a lecturer of constitutional and administrative law and has a particular interest in the protection of human rights.
Orion Noda – Senior Editor
Orion is a doctoral researcher currently at the Department of War Studies – King’s College London. He joined the Department of War Studies in 2019, as part of the Joint PhD-programme between King’s College London and the University of São Paulo, his home institution. He holds an MA (Hons) in International Security from the University of Groningen and a BA in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, with a period at the Sorbonne University – Paris XIII.
His current doctoral research is on nuclear weapons and politics, particularly the symbolism behind nuclear weapons. He analyses the overarching relationship between symbolism, identity, and behaviour within the nuclear arena, focusing on the history of US nuclear strategy post-Hiroshima. Consequentially, Orion’s areas of interest are nuclear security, non-proliferation, arms control, interdisciplinary approaches to International Relations (drawing from areas such as Anthropology and Psychology), as well as International Security in its broader sense. His doctoral research is being funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), and he is currently affiliated to the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) – King’s College London and the Centre for International Relations Research (NUPRI) – University of São Paulo.
Orion is currently a Senior Editor at Strife. You can follow him on Twitter @orionoda
Daria Platonova – Senior Editor
Daria is a PhD student at King’s College London. Her research focuses on violence and the unfolding of conflict across several regions in eastern Ukraine, 2013 – 2014. She also leads one of the Causes of War seminars in the War Studies Department. Prior to joining King’s, she worked as a teacher. She graduated with a degree in History from the University of Cambridge in 2011. Her broader interests include European history, war studies, and interdisciplinary methods.
Anna Tan – Series Editor
Anna Tan is a postgraduate student for MSc Global Affairs at King’s College London. Her research is focused on how Western human rights diplomacy affects democracy and authoritarianism in the Asia Pacific. She has previously worked for UNDP Myanmar and the American Red Cross, and is a member of the Programme Committee of the Conflict, Security and Development (CSD) Conference 2020 hosted by the Department of War Studies and the Department of International Development (DID). Anna holds a BSc in Neuroscience. You can follow her on Twitter: @AnnaTanGTW
Gemma MacIntyre – Series Editor
Gemma recently graduated from the University of St Andrews in International Relations and Management, and is now studying an MA in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s. Through her academic studies and voluntary experience with VSO in Nigeria, she has developed a strong interest in the relationship between corruption and development. During her undergraduate degree, she studied a range of post-conflict cases, with a particular focus on intractable conflicts such as Israel-Palestine and Bosnia. Her experience with VSO Nigeria furthered her interest, as she was made aware of the acute impacts of governance on public services, such as health and education. She hopes to pursue further research on the impact of conflict on health security.
Joanna Lancashire – Series Editor
Joanna is a recent MA Graduate in International Security from Sciences Po Paris specialising in Middle Eastern studies and Human Rights. Prior to this, she completed her undergraduate degree in Transatlantic Politics and Law at Sciences Po Paris and Trinity College Dublin. She has worked for the UN Women Security Services at UN Women’s New York headquarters, in Public Diplomacy at the Australian High Commission to the UK and was Editor-in-Chief of the Sciences Po Review of Public Affairs. Her particular research interests include radicalisation and terrorism, Middle East & Northern Africa security issues, emerging security threats and private/ humanitarian security. She speaks French, Arabic, English and some Spanish. Twitter: @jo_lancashire
Kevin Nolan – Series Editor
Kevin is a MA student in Conflict, Security and Development within the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. A Series Editor for Strife, his research interests are primarily focused on the Indo-Pacific region, State building within post-conflict zones and combating technological challenges to regional security concerns.
Additionally, serving as King’s mature student officer, he is a strong advocate for exploring the correlation between the psychological impact of mental health degradation on academic well-being. Readers who identify as mature students and experience difficulties relating to any aspect of university life are encouraged to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryan Strawser – Series Editor
Bryan is an MA candidate in International Relations and Contemporary War in the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London. He holds appointments as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at Auburn University and as an Associate Member at the Forum for Private Security Research at the Department of Defence Studies at King’s College. In 2019, he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was previously a Humphrey Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
His research interests center on the collaboration and intersections between the public and private sectors related to cyber, national, and homeland security issues, particularly in the use of intelligence, the rise of private security involvement in public conflicts, and coordination in national-scale disruptions.
Bryan holds a BA in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He is a graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Executive Program (NPLI) at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. Bryan is a Series Editor at Strife. You can follow him on Twitter @bryanstrawser.
Amytis Peymani – Copy Editor
Amytis is pursuing an MA in International Conflict Studies in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. She previously earned a dual master’s degree from the Sorbonne in International Relations and European Studies. She currently works as a Research Assistant at Ridgeway Information, researching non-proliferation issues for the Arab States of the Gulf. Her broader interests include foreign policy, defense and security issues. You can find her on LinkedIn.
Anton Svensson – Copy Editor
Anton is an MA candidate in Conflict, Security and Development at the War Studies Department, King’s College London. After completing his BA in War Studies at King’s College London in 2018, he went on to work for the European Medicines Agency, where he developed an interest in the role of pharmaceutical companies in the provision of medicines in conflict zones. Other research interests include the dynamics of political transitions in the aftermath of civil wars, the efficiency of counterinsurgency, and the ‘small wars’ of the 19th century
Leah Grace – Copy Editor
Leah is an MA student in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. She completed her BA in French and Spanish at the University of Cambridge. She spent 6 months as a research assistant at the Agency for Reincorporation and Normalisation in Colombia where she worked on projects relating to the reintegration of former combatants and the impacts of stigmatisation on this process. She also coordinated several community projects with a local NGO focused on violence prevention and the promotion of human rights. Her broader research interests include war-to-peace transitions and human security in post-conflict settings, particularly in Latin America and Central Africa.
Anais Herne – Copy Editor
Anais is a final year undergraduate student pursuing a BA in History and International Relations. She is originally from the Silicon Valley in California, a background which has contributed greatly to her academic interests in cybersecurity and online misinformation. She is also currently the Head Editor at King’s Think Tank, and has authored several papers for the Think Tank’s policy journal over the past two years.
Charlotte Hooker – Copy Editor
Charlotte is studying for a MA in International Relations at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Prior to postgraduate study, Charlotte studied Politics and Economics BSc at the University of Southampton where she was awarded the highest dissertation mark in the discipline. During her undergraduate studies she completed a Year in Employment at Ofgem, supporting work on domestic energy policy. Her research interests include space security, cybersecurity, energy security and the role of industry in the fight against climate change, and the international political economy and security implications of a rising China.
Joseph Jarnecki – Copy Editor
Joseph is a third-year BA student in International Relations at the King’s War Studies Department. His main areas of focus are conflict and (in)security in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly Egypt, and on theories of subjectivity within International Relations. His dissertation project aims to incorporate these areas of interest when investigating how critical military studies – specifically its reappraisal of militarism – contribute to analyses of formerly colonised spaces. Before joining King’s Joseph interned with the Huffington Post and established a school magazine on a diverse range of subjects. You can follow him on Twitter @Jarnecki.
Hélène Kirkkesselli – Copy Editor
Hélène is currently pursuing an MA in International Peace and Security within the War Studies department of King’s College London. Prior to this, she graduated from the double Law degree program between the universities of Paris-Nanterre in France and Essex in the UK, specializing in international public law and EU law. Having previously interned at the DG for External policies of the European Parliament and the US Embassy to France, she is now focusing her studies particularly on the South Caucasus region. You can follow her on Twitter: @hkirkkesseli
Paakhi Bhatnagar – B.A. Representative
Paakhi Bhatnagar is an undergraduate International Relations student in her penultimate year at King’s College London. She is especially interested in the securitization of migration issues along with socio-economic policies and their impact on the working class. In addition to being a Copy Editor at Strife blog, she is also the Editorial Assistant at International Relations Today and the City News Editor at London Student. You can find her on Twitter at @paakhibhatnagar.
Matthew Ader – B.A. Representative
Matthew is a second-year student doing War Studies. He has worked as an intern in a number of security consultancy firms. His academic interests gravitate loosely towards understanding challenges and opportunities for Anglo-American strategy in the 21st century (and also being snide about Captain America’s command ability). He is also an editor for Roar News, and has written for a number of security publications – most especially Wavell Room. You can follow him on Twitter: @AderMatthew.
Tao Mox Lim – B.A. Representative
Marcus is a second-year student reading International Relations. He is Malaysian and has lived most of his life in Kuala Lumpur prior to moving to London in 2018. His academic interests are varied, ranging from assessing the limits of soft-power to the impacts of decolonisation in the Asia-Pacific region. Furthermore, he has a particular interest in Chinese statecraft and foreign policy vis-a-vis Cross-Strait Relations, Belt and Road Initiative, South China Sea disputes. You can follow him on Twitter at @taomox_lim
Andrea Fischetti — Alumni Editor
Andrea Fischetti is a MEXT scholar conducting research on Japan and Asia-Pacific Security at The University of Tokyo. He is also researching at the Asia Pacific Initiative (API). Andrea received his MA in War Studies from King’s College London, which followed a BA with First Class Honours in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies. In the past he worked in the House of Commons, studied Japanese language at SOAS, and researched at the Hiroshima Peace Institute of the Hiroshima City University where he was a visiting student. You can follow him on Twitter @A_Fischetti.
Sam Erkiletian — External Representative at UCL
Sam Erkiletian is a PhD candidate at the UCL Department of Political Science. His doctoral research examines the reeducation and deradicalization of former extremists and combatants. He is broadly interested in intrastate conflicts, postwar societies, and military history. He enjoys using primary sources from conflict archives and historical case studies in his research designs. Sam holds an MSc in Security Studies from UCL, a BA in History and a BA in Ancient Studies from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
Jacopo Scita — External Representative at Durham University
Jacopo Scita is H.H. Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah doctoral fellow at the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA), Durham University. He holds a BA cum laude in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the University of Bologna and an MSc in Middle East Politics from SOAS, University of London. Jacopo’s doctoral project explores the role bore by China within Sino-Iranian relations from the 1979 Revolution to the 2015 JCPOA. His research interests include the international politics of the Middle East with a specific focus on the Chinese interests in the Persian Gulf, Iranian foreign policy, and the analysis of nuclear politics and proliferation in the MENA region. Jacopo’s works and analyses appeared on the Atlantic Council, ISPI, LobeLog, Bourse & Bazaar, the Global Policy Journal, and the LSE Middle East Centre. He is also editor of the Italian magazine Pandora – Rivista di Teoria e Politica. Jacopo tweets as @jacoposcita.
Philip Mayne — External Representative at the University of Hull
Philip is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Hull. He has a special interest in
strategy, counterinsurgency, military ethics, military history, international security and
relations. His thesis examines the relationship between military ethics and military
effectiveness. Specifically, his work focuses on adherence to the Just War Tradition, and
success in counterinsurgencies; through analysing the case studies of the Malayan
Emergency, the Kenyan Emergency, the Algerian War and the Vietnam War.
Philip ran a second-year module in 2018; focusing on international security and defence policy at the University of Hull. This module focused on international security theory in general, then examined a number of security issues; from human security to nuclear security. The module also discussed defence policy broadly and also focused on the US and UK defence policies. Philip has contributed to the Huffington Post, and is an active member of the Hull University War Studies Research Group. Twitter: @phil_mayne
Amy Ertan — External Representative at Royal Holloway
Amy Ertan is a PhD researcher within the Centre for Cyber Security at Royal Holloway, University of London. Amy previously studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford, where she first developed an interest in international security. Amy was part of the winning team in Atlantic Council’s international relations / cyber security 9/12 competition, and was also awarded Cyber Security Student of the Year at the 2018 SC Media Awards. Her main research interests continue to focus on international relations and cyber-warfare, as well as emerging cyber security threats relating to artificial intelligence. You can follow her on Twitter: @AmyErtan.
Giuseppe Grieco — External Representative at Queen Mary
Strife would also like to thank, for all their wonderful work, the previous editorial committee: Harris Kuemmerle, Hemant Shivakamur, Devorah Margolin, Bradley Lineker, Sabina Ciofu, Lauren Dickey, Lauren Mellinger, Sarah Choong Ee Mei, Iona Allan and those before them. We are also grateful to the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, as well as Dr. Christine Cheng, Professor Vivienne Jabri, Professor Mervyn Frost, Professor Jack Spence, OBE and Professor Joe Maiolo for their continuous support.
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