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Turkey’s Dilemma: How to Act on Syria without Losing Soft Power

Turkey’s Dilemma: How to Act on Syria without Losing Soft Power

Turkey should push for humanitarian assistance and sanctions, whilst putting serious diplomatic pressure on the Assad regime.

The U.S. Navy – Navigating Through a Changing Climate

The U.S. Navy – Navigating Through a Changing Climate

Predicting the range of future challenges is no easy matter, but it is a necessary part of how military organizations prepare, invest in platforms and weapon systems, conduct training, and concentrate their forces.

Libya Was Easy

Libya Was Easy

Libya was easy, but Syria is hard. The question this time is whether the architects of R2P envisaged both types of scenarios when they came up with the concept.

The Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism

The Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism

Some theories of multiculturalism sell out democratic principles. ‘Culture’ has been turned into a political ideology that overrules democratic principles and human rights.

What to Do? The Climate Security Policy Conundrum

What to Do? The Climate Security Policy Conundrum

One of the dominant themes of this entire literature is that physical exposure is not destiny. Governance and political dynamics are as, if not more, important in explaining whether or not environmental shocks, scarcity, and abundance lead to conflict.

Military Ethics and Cultural Knowledge

Military Ethics and Cultural Knowledge

Each approach has its own inherent limitations. The human terrain approach was a ‘quick-fix’. But maybe the US Air Force’s model of cross-cultural competence offers more promise.

Identimetrics: Operationalizing Identity in Counterinsurgency Operations

Identimetrics: Operationalizing Identity in Counterinsurgency Operations

Identimetrics adds identity to the operational and strategic context of counterinsurgency, which must be considered when operating in foreign environments and within foreign cultures.

Why Nations Fight: Past and Future Motives for War

Why Nations Fight: Past and Future Motives for War

There can be little doubt that the spirit is the principal cause of war across the centuries, and that it and its consequences have been almost totally ignored in the international relations literature.

Rethinking International Intervention

Rethinking International Intervention

Less coercive forms of intervention have been relatively neglected by politicians and academics. The case of Syria clearly demonstrates the pitfalls of this approach.

What Can Be Done in Response to the Crisis in Syria?

What Can Be Done in Response to the Crisis in Syria?

The best response to the crisis in Syria is the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force to oversee an inclusive political process for a new Syrian constitution.

Depletion: The Costs of Unpaid Domestic Work

Depletion: The Costs of Unpaid Domestic Work

How is it possible to know if the non-recognition of the value of domestic work undermines the possibilities for achieving gender justice?

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