Conflict

The Incompatibility of COIN Warfare and Nation-Building in Iraq and Afghanistan

The Incompatibility of COIN Warfare and Nation-Building in Iraq and Afghanistan

The disjuncture between kinetic elements of American COIN doctrine and the nation-building mission inherent to ‘new’ conflicts lies at the root of ongoing difficulties.

Nigeria’s “Resource Curse”: Oil as Impediment to True Federalism

Nigeria’s “Resource Curse”: Oil as Impediment to True Federalism

Whilst Nigeria’s history of colonialism can partly explain the difficulties of achieving a functioning federalism, its ‘resource course’ is also a significant hindrance.

Coalition ‘Victory’ in Iraq as a Result of the ‘Surge’ and ‘Anbar Awakening’

Coalition ‘Victory’ in Iraq as a Result of the ‘Surge’ and ‘Anbar Awakening’

The synergistic interaction between the ‘Anbar Awakening’ of 2006 and the surge of 2007 paved the way for U.S. withdrawal at the expense of a long term, stable, Iraq.

The Just War Tradition and Utopian Political Thought

The Just War Tradition and Utopian Political Thought

War is neither humane nor inhumane; it is merely human, and to elevate the phenomenon to a humane altitude is a utopian project beyond mankind’s present reach.

Recontextualising the ‘War on Terror’: Discursive Practices from Bush to Obama

Recontextualising the ‘War on Terror’: Discursive Practices from Bush to Obama

The strategies employed by the Bush administration after 9/11 to manufacture public consent for action have since been recontextualised towards Iran by Barack Obama.

Explaining the Case for Invading Iraq from a Neo-conservative Perspective

Explaining the Case for Invading Iraq from a Neo-conservative Perspective

The Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq was a story of neo-conservative ideas (militarism, morality, and democracy) about the role of America in the world.

Fuel to the Fire: Why a Nuclear Iran Will Further Destabilize the Middle East

Fuel to the Fire: Why a Nuclear Iran Will Further Destabilize the Middle East

Four grave risks for regional stability lurk in the wake of a nuclear Iran: regional proliferation, an ‘imbalance of terror’, an emboldened Iran, and Israel’s response.

Is Terrorism an Effective Way to Attain Political Goals?

Is Terrorism an Effective Way to Attain Political Goals?

While effective at ensuring the survival of organizations that use such methods, there is scant evidence to support the idea that terrorism achieves political objectives.

Is Democracy a Cause of Peace?

Is Democracy a Cause of Peace?

As the causal mechanisms and positivist epistemology underpinning it are questionable, the democratic peace should be understood as part of a more complex causal process.

Orientalism, Palestinian Nationalism, and Israeli Repression

Orientalism, Palestinian Nationalism, and Israeli Repression

The success of Palestinian nationalism in the context of the peace process is complicated by the variations in Orientalism which occur between different forms of Zionism.

The Neoconservative Influence on US Foreign Policy and the 2003 Iraq War

The Neoconservative Influence on US Foreign Policy and the 2003 Iraq War

For the Neocons ideas are everything. Unfortunately, as proven by the insurgency which rose in Iraq, the rest of the world has very different ideas about global society.

To What Extent are Gangs Sources of Security or Insecurity in the Global South?

To What Extent are Gangs Sources of Security or Insecurity in the Global South?

In certain communities, gangs may appear to be providers of security, while in others, their violent measures to achieve their goals generate fear for millions.