Essays

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BANGLADESH. 1971.

Silent Birangonas: Sexual Violence, Women’s Voices and Male Conflict Narratives

The experience of Bangladesh’s Birangona women show the influence of gendered narratives of war, culture and nationalism in conflict.

Strategy Not Sacrilege: State Terrorism as an Element of Foreign Policy

Strategy Not Sacrilege: State Terrorism as an Element of Foreign Policy

Relying on case studies of Pakistan and the U.S., this essay argues that the state’s use of terrorism be more fully integrated into the study of foreign policy.

Counterintelligence: Enduring Lessons from the Cold War

Counterintelligence: Enduring Lessons from the Cold War

Continuities do indeed occur in history and lessons learnt in one period may well be applicable to another and therefore relevant depending on the specific context.

What Was the Role of Ideology in Cuba’s Foreign Policy in the Angolan Civil War?

What Was the Role of Ideology in Cuba’s Foreign Policy in the Angolan Civil War?

For a comprehensive understanding of the Cuban intervention in Angola, it is necessary to consider both ideological and materialistic dynamics.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (July 23, 2009) -- A Brazilian Marine on point signals to his fireteam of a possible enemy sighting during a patrolling exercise of Southern Exchange 2009 (SE09). Patrolling, which is said to be one of the most vital training exercises, is used in every sort of conflict in any terrain, and therefore is taught with the highest level of gravity. (Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright/Released)

Imperialism by Another Name: The US “War on Drugs” in Colombia

This essay examines US policy towards Colombia from Truman to Reagan, tracing the emergent “war on drugs” and the related political, economic, and military strategies.

A Constructivist Approach to Analysing Somalia’s State Failure

A Constructivist Approach to Analysing Somalia’s State Failure

If an effective solution is to be found for Somalia’s deep problems, it needs to be consistent with the Somali identity so that Somalis can be part of a lasting solution.

Social Media in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Social Media in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

The traditional news media’s efforts to produce constant coverage of the events from the 2016 US election campaign have left it exposed to growing social media trends.

An Analysis of Online Terrorist Recruiting and Propaganda Strategies

An Analysis of Online Terrorist Recruiting and Propaganda Strategies

The rise to prominence of online terrorist recruitment and propaganda strategies has become a major concern of national security services worldwide.

What is the Role of Precarity in Security?

What is the Role of Precarity in Security?

Precarity creates a grey area of uncertainty which further stimulates insecurity so its analyses contribute vastly to our understanding of current security issues.

The Perception Gap Over Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East

The Perception Gap Over Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East

The ongoing challenge for the United States and the International Community is the ambiguity over Saudi Arabia and Iran’s nuclear aspirations.

How Park Chung-hee Made the Most of the South Korea-US Vietnam War Alliance

How Park Chung-hee Made the Most of the South Korea-US Vietnam War Alliance

The relationship between the two countries, one a hegemon and one a new nation, was truly uneven – but not in the ways one would expect.

Determining a Successful Humanitarian Intervention

Determining a Successful Humanitarian Intervention

While national interest is not necessarily a requisite feature of a successful intervention, it is clear that when national interests are at stake, success is likely to occur.

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