Inadvertent wars, although rare, can be identified in history, and their causes can be explained by analysing prescribed crisis management techniques and the realist security dilemma.
Finding a balance between state security and human security remains a central problem for the ever-expanding surveillance infrastructures now pervasive across the global system.
Aspects that mirror the ‘real world’ in the television series ‘Spooks’ blur the line between fantasy and reality while they allow the public to become aware of British intelligence operations.
With the exception of the ‘non-attribution’ problem, cyber-warfare and the systemic asymmetry of cyber-attacks are both overstated, posing more of an annoyance than a threat to state security.
Although IR scholars are intrigued by the role of culture in decision-making during war, little attention has been paid to strategic culture and the key factors leading to its modifications.
The protection of human rights from terrorist threats and the counterterrorism efforts that follow need to be in accordance with human rights standards in order to maintain legitimacy.
National security is often seen as the defence of state borders, but it concerns the protection of citizens and the rule of law, and thus should not be separated from human security.
The concept of state failure suffers from inherent over-simplification and is vulnerable to circular arguments that can be misleading to policy-makers targeting contemporary challenges.