Military

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 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.

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.

Does International Order Ultimately Rely on States and Military Power?

Does International Order Ultimately Rely on States and Military Power?

Despite the growing significance of other actors and factors, the contemporary global international order still ultimately relies on states and military power.

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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.

Japanese Imperialism as a Self Defence Mechanism

Japanese Imperialism as a Self Defence Mechanism

Nationalism and a fear of foreign domination led Japan to pursue domestic and external reform, shun traditional Sino-centrism, and build a European-style empire in Asia.

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.

Does Neoclassical Realism Provide a Compelling Approach to Military Change?

Does Neoclassical Realism Provide a Compelling Approach to Military Change?

Accommodating other theories, Neoclassical Realism can explain military change through the internal characteristics and grand strategies of states.

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.

Containing China? The United States in the South Pacific Since 2011

Containing China? The United States in the South Pacific Since 2011

The rebalancing by the United States towards the South Pacific is less about containment and is more about competitive engagement in the region.