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Anti-Smuggling Operations in the Central Mediterranean

Anti-Smuggling Operations in the Central Mediterranean

This essay addresses the challenges raised by the uncertainty of the legal framework and the dubious practices of operations dealing with migrant smuggling into the EU.

From ‘Globocop’ to ‘NoGoCop’: Intervention, R2P & Sovereignty in the Chinese Era

From ‘Globocop’ to ‘NoGoCop’: Intervention, R2P & Sovereignty in the Chinese Era

The differences between China and the US with regards to Responsibility to Protect are based on their understandings of sovereignty and legitimate authority.

A Comparison of Private Security Contractors & State-Based Armed Forces

A Comparison of Private Security Contractors & State-Based Armed Forces

Private security contractors are on the rise in military conflicts. Are they different to state-based troops?

The Effect of the Intervention in Libya on the International Debate about Syria

The Effect of the Intervention in Libya on the International Debate about Syria

The intervention in Libya was seen by non-Western states as a dangerous legal precedent undermining the status state sovereignty had been given under international law.

The Future Prospects of the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance: A Two-Handed Strategy

The Future Prospects of the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance: A Two-Handed Strategy

The US-Japan security alliance is at a crossroads. A “two-handed” strategy of intensifying security cooperation while engaging a rising China is the best way forward.

Is China the New Hegemon of East Asia?

Is China the New Hegemon of East Asia?

China, despite its aspirations for renewed dominance in East Asia, is not yet in a position to challenge the United States’ military pre-eminence in the Western Pacific.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Transatlantic Sovereignty Games: What Makes the US and the EU ‘Hang Together’?

Transatlantic Sovereignty Games: What Makes the US and the EU ‘Hang Together’?

Drawing on an analytical framework based on ‘sovereignty games’ this essay explores the roles of money in (re)constructing relations between the USA and the EU.

The Rise of the Developmental State in China and Its Absence in India

The Rise of the Developmental State in China and Its Absence in India

The factors of state autonomy, capacity and strategy help to explain the rise of the developmental state in China and its absence in India.

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