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An Afghan elder shows his purple inked finger to indicate that he voted during the heavily anticipated Afghanistan elections, Aug. 20, Barg e Matal, Afghanistan. Afghanistan village Elders are considered to be the role models and leaders among the Afghan civilians.

Why Are Elections Flashpoints for Violence & Insecurity and Can This Be Avoided?

It is crucial to sustainable peace that elections are not seen as opportunities to engage in hostile takeovers, but instead allow for peaceful power transitions.

Australian, British, and US Approaches to Countering Islamic Extremists

Australian, British, and US Approaches to Countering Islamic Extremists

By comparing and analysing the counter-radicalisation strategies of the three countries, disparate approaches are revealed that all contain some degree of effectiveness.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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How has the US Intelligence Community Performed against Al-Qaeda since 1988?

Owing to its own misconceptions and those of successive executives, the US intelligence community has failed to perform to the extent of its abilities against al-Qaeda.

George W. Bush: A Neo-Conservative?

George W. Bush: A Neo-Conservative?

George W. Bush’s Presidency is often asserted as a Neo-Conservative one. If this was the case, however, fundamentally different policy objectives would have been pursued.

How Should We Govern Lethal Force Short of War? An Evaluation of Jus Ad Vim

How Should We Govern Lethal Force Short of War? An Evaluation of Jus Ad Vim

With the expansion of drone warfare the demand for a renewal of just war theory has arisen, and the framework of jus as vim may prove a viable alternative.

“The New Guantanamo”: The Psychological Impact of US Drone Strikes in Pakistan

“The New Guantanamo”: The Psychological Impact of US Drone Strikes in Pakistan

The effects of drones beyond reducing American casualties cannot continue to be overlooked; a more comprehensive evaluation must determine their overall effectiveness.

The Russo–Georgian War and the War in Donbas: Is History Repeating Itself?

The Russo–Georgian War and the War in Donbas: Is History Repeating Itself?

Georgia and Ukraine wars of 2008 and 2014 bear a resemblance because each was triggered primarily by Russian strategic concerns—often relating to the Black Sea.

Global Governance of Maritime Piracy: Closing the Legal Gaps

Global Governance of Maritime Piracy: Closing the Legal Gaps

The International Contact Group on Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) is considered a successful example of global governance of maritime policy.

Divide and Rule: A Machiavellian Account of Israel’s Targeted Killings

Divide and Rule: A Machiavellian Account of Israel’s Targeted Killings

From a Realist perspective, Israel‘s application of targeted killings is consistent with its grand strategy and has undermined the Palestinian independence movement.

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Drones, Gender and Classical Realists

Drones offer little strategic value because they have the capacity to perpetuate the problem they are trying to solve, which is argued through two theoretical approaches.

The Islamic State: More than a Terrorist Group?

The Islamic State: More than a Terrorist Group?

The Islamic State (IS) is a hybrid organization which has characteristics of various non-state actors and has signs of a nascent de facto state.

One War, Many Reasons: The US Invasion of Iraq

One War, Many Reasons: The US Invasion of Iraq

The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the culmination of a long series of events and the product of many complex, different, and yet interrelated factors.