Author profile: Harry Booty

Harry Booty

Harry Booty is currently a Commissioning Editor for e-IR. He is currently studying a BA War Studies degree at King’s College London.

To What Extent was the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese Border War about Cambodia?

To What Extent was the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese Border War about Cambodia?

While it would be wrong to discredit the idea that the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia was a major cause of war, it would also be inaccurate to portray it as the only factor that necessitated conflict.

Review – The Glorious Art of Peace

Review – The Glorious Art of Peace

Often relegated to a fringe area of the study of war, peace studies is often marginalised as an even more specific sub-division of its militaristic counterpart.

The Six Day and Yom Kippur Wars in Historical Context

The Six Day and Yom Kippur Wars in Historical Context

The cataclysmic Arab-Israeli conflicts of 1967 and 1973 have in many ways defined today’s conflict. But, what were the main strategic and political consequences of these two wars?

A Rousseauian Look at European Integration

A Rousseauian Look at European Integration

One of the many issues Rousseau covered was the idea of international cooperation or even integration, and its suitability to some of the states of Europe.

Review – International Interventions in Local Conflicts

Review – International Interventions in Local Conflicts

The bloody and protracted small wars of the last 20 years seem to be the current norm in IR, and may well be so for the foreseeable future. It is into this context that we can place Uzi Rabi’s edited collection.

Review – A Tactical Ethic: Moral Conduct in the Insurgent Battlespace

Review – A Tactical Ethic: Moral Conduct in the Insurgent Battlespace

Dick Couch is an individual well placed to deal with the issues of unit culture, training, combat experience, and the misconduct of the few, all of which forms the core of this text. Whilst the book does have several weaknesses, it provides a quick and easy to understand insight into a key issue affecting the US Military today.

War by Network – the Modern Revolution in Military Affairs

War by Network – the Modern Revolution in Military Affairs

Warfare today is changing. The course of conflict in the 21st century, and the problems we in the West may continue to face in the coming decades are mutating, developing and adapting in ways that make their defeat – whilst not necessarily more difficult – an entirely different prospect to face.

Can the West build states in countries like Afghanistan?

Can the West build states in countries like Afghanistan?

The War in Afghanistan is now in its tenth year. The conflict has diversified as it has developed, evolving from a purely military confrontation against the Taliban to a multi-faceted state building and humanitarian operation in an attempt to defeat the resurgent insurgency and stabilise the Afghan state on a sufficiently pro-Western model.

Was nationalism the primary cause of the wars in the former Yugoslavia?

Was nationalism the primary cause of the wars in the former Yugoslavia?

The wars in the former state of Yugoslavia that endured for most of the 1990’s have an established legacy today. They have come to be seen by those in the West as a gritty, difficult and unpleasant series of conflicts, epitomised by horrific brutality perpetrated by ultra-nationalist thugs. Nationalism was a major feature of the wars as they were prosecuted, but not the primary cause of the Yugoslav wars. The answer is less clear-cut than it may seem.

Vietnam: Contemporary Development, Future Promise and the Legacy of the War

Vietnam: Contemporary Development, Future Promise and the Legacy of the War

Vietnam. Mention the word to many a Westerner today and the reply you will get is more than likely to involve images of napalm, Hamburger Hill, Kent State and a whole other array of brutal and divisive issues that have so scarred the American psyche. However, there is another story, the legacy of the war on the Vietnamese themselves.

The Balance of Power: a Cause of War, a Condition of Peace, or Both?

The Balance of Power: a Cause of War, a Condition of Peace, or Both?

The theory of the balance of power, where the distribution of power is equally shared amongst the appropriate entities, is a concept crucial to the study of International Relations and of war. When studied in relation to the 19th century, we can see that it is a major part of both contemporary and modern literature, thinking and politics

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