Essays

Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency: Competing Approaches to Anti-Terrorism

Scott Adam • Jun 19 2012 • Essays
When comparing the approaches of COIN and CT to actors, grievances and legitimacy, it is clear that the two are not complementary.

China and the Legacy of Post-Mao Reforms

Ross Morrison • Jun 18 2012 • Essays
The reform-era policies of the 1980s and '90s are undermining China’s development. The desire to maintain political stability and solidify party rule stifled efforts to fund long term investments.

How Convincing is the CNN Effect in Explaining Contemporary US Foreign Policy?

Andrew Clarke • Jun 18 2012 • Essays
The CNN Effect is ultimately an outdated thesis, and should be viewed as only one aspect in the conduct of foreign policy.

Are Wars Lost by Politicians or Generals?

Lars Backstrom • Jun 17 2012 • Essays
Politicians lose wars either by setting goals that are not achievable by the means available, or by interfering with the military chain of decision-making.

Strategic Culture and Divergent Security Policies of European States

Frank Komrij • Jun 17 2012 • Essays
The concept of strategic culture is highly useful for explaining the diverging security policies and practices of European states, as it provides a reason why strategic behavior is resistant to change.

Analysing the Depiction and Control of Women’s Participation in Violence

Grace Burton • Jun 17 2012 • Essays
Until gender considerations are taken into account when discussing violence, recognition of women as being capable of rationally undertaking violent action cannot be achieved.

Did Revolution or Regime Implosion End the Soviet Union?

Timothy Frayne • Jun 15 2012 • Essays
The collapse of the USSR was almost entirely based on the ‘regime implosion’ within the CPSU which was ill-prepared for newly introduced reforms and their consequences.

Is the Destruction of Urban Structures a Form of Violence?

Dobromir Zaprianov • Jun 15 2012 • Essays
People live in an environment composed of buildings and structures that represent their identity, collective memory and culture. An attack on that is an attack on people.

Should Politics and Religion be Kept Separate?

Rhia Sharma • Jun 14 2012 • Essays
Many key liberals in political history put forward a strong argument for the separation of religion and politics and many Western countries today abide by this notion.

The Rational Logic Behind North Korea’s Military Diplomacy

Nicholas Lawrence Adams • Jun 14 2012 • Essays
There is a rational logic behind North Korea’s military diplomacy, which intertwines national identity, military first politics, and domestic internal strife under the leadership of the Kim family.

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