Conflict

Why the War on Bashar Al-Assad Never Happened

Why the War on Bashar Al-Assad Never Happened

With the Syrian War raging on, with over 200,000 killed and millions displaced over the span of four years, why did the US not conduct air-strikes to overthrow Assad?

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.

Ukraine Conflict: An Inflection Point of International Security

Ukraine Conflict: An Inflection Point of International Security

The global level of analysis represents a useful framework to examine a key dimension of the Ukraine conflict: the interstate proxy struggle between Russia and the West.

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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.

Transitional Justice in Eastern Europe: Present Dilemmas of the Communist Past

Transitional Justice in Eastern Europe: Present Dilemmas of the Communist Past

While there were legitimate moral reasons for pursuing lustration, political factors established lustration as the dominant framework for transitional justice.

The Origins of the Iraq War of 2003 from an International Historical Approach

The Origins of the Iraq War of 2003 from an International Historical Approach

Adopting an international historical approach to the origins of the 2003 Iraq War, as opposed to an IR theory approach, presents both challenges and opportunities.

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.

Subverting Sovereignty: Political Theology and the American Constitution

Subverting Sovereignty: Political Theology and the American Constitution

Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War represent a number of restraining measures on the executive that may not give him complete unilateral power in emergency situations.

Is the Security Dilemma an Inescapable Reality or Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

Is the Security Dilemma an Inescapable Reality or Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

The security dilemma is self-fulfilling and inescapable: states can take defensive positions to mitigate its negative effects, but this only postpones the inevitable.

Assessing the British Counter-Insurgency Effort in Malaya

Assessing the British Counter-Insurgency Effort in Malaya

Attempts to compare Malaya with other counterinsurgency campaigns such as the Vietnam War or Afghanistan War are limited in value and risk dangerous over-simplifications

Dominant Gender Discourses and the Framing of Female Rebels in Syria

Dominant Gender Discourses and the Framing of Female Rebels in Syria

The gendered framing of female Syrian rebels, prevalent in media sources, de-legitimises the political reasoning behind their individual decisions to be involved.

Analysing NATO’s Role in Afghanistan

Analysing NATO’s Role in Afghanistan

Throughout its endeavour, NATO has faced many key challenges in its crisis management operation in Afghanistan.