Essays

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The Iraqi Disarmament Crisis: What Lessons Can Be Learned?

The Iraqi Disarmament Crisis: What Lessons Can Be Learned?

This detailed case study of the Iraqi disarmament crisis considers where international actors went wrong and what lessons need to be learned to avoid future crises.

Linking the Diffusion of Military Ideas to Human Rights Violations at EU Borders

Linking the Diffusion of Military Ideas to Human Rights Violations at EU Borders

The EU border agency Frontex shows how the diffusion of military technology and ideas can potentially lead to human rights violations.

Can We Ever Fully Secure “My” Spaces?

Can We Ever Fully Secure “My” Spaces?

The question of security is ever topical, and this essay addresses the ‘my’ of spaces and how we can conceptualise them.

Authoritarian Difussion and the Failure of the “Colour Revolutions” to Spread

Authoritarian Difussion and the Failure of the “Colour Revolutions” to Spread

Can the concept of “Authoritarian Difussion” explain the unsuccessful spread of the colour revolution and the repressive measures that illiberal regimes have taken after?

Building New Understandings? Development and the World ‘Knowledge’ Bank

Building New Understandings? Development and the World ‘Knowledge’ Bank

The World Bank uses its knowledge production to forward an understanding of development that is conducive to the extension of capital.

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.

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