Current Russian and Chinese ways of warfare: the end (?) of military violence in peer-state conflict

DR ROD THORNTON When it comes to the winning of wars, it might be thought that military organisations today, just as they have always done, would be concentrating their efforts on how best to use kinetic force. Military violence is, after all, what militaries do. But not, it seems, any more – or at least… Read More Current Russian and Chinese ways of warfare: the end (?) of military violence in peer-state conflict

Towards De-Militarising Military History

DR MATTHEW FORD This post builds upon an earlier debate on the politics of Britain’s military history and the state of modern military history. It re-frames that discussion in relation to a powerful recent critique of aspects of ‘military history’ in the History Workshop Journal, which will be expanded upon in a forthcoming article for… Read More Towards De-Militarising Military History

French Revolutionary War Theory: Conflict Between War and Peace

DR MIKE FINCH One of the most salient features of warfare during the present decade appears to be breakdown of the barrier between the state of war and the state of peace. As Chief of the General Staff Sir Nick Carter noted in his foreword to Army Doctrine Publication: Operations: ‘No longer is there a… Read More French Revolutionary War Theory: Conflict Between War and Peace

Resolving Conflict in Syria and other 21st Century Wars

ANGUS MCKEE is a diplomat in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and a 2017 graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies.  This post is based on his MA dissertation.  The views expressed in this paper are the author’s own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the UK Government.  Since Syria’s 2011 uprising spiralled… Read More Resolving Conflict in Syria and other 21st Century Wars

The Role of Neutrality in the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War

Editorial Note: On 22-23 June 2017, the Second World War Research Group held its annual conference on the theme of ‘When East meets West: The Second World War in Global Perspective’. Defence in Depth has been crossposting some of the proceedings of the conference, of which you can find more here. PASCA LOTTAZ Pascal Lottaz… Read More The Role of Neutrality in the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War

Transatlantic Burden-Sharing: Origins and Strategic Implications

JORDAN BECKER is a U.S. Army officer and a member of NATO’s International Military Staff. His work here represents his own views and not those of the U.S. government or NATO. “Burden-sharing” has been an issue for NATO since its birth. Allies have continually found it challenging to deter adversaries without inviting free-riding, and the… Read More Transatlantic Burden-Sharing: Origins and Strategic Implications

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War: launch of a War and Society special edition

DR HELEN MCCARTNEY Centenaries can be moments of reflection for states and their people.  They provide an opportunity to re-consider existing narratives about past events and confirm or repurpose their meaning to inform individual and collective identities as well as important political and social relationships.  This premise was the starting point for a symposium organized… Read More Commemorating the centenary of the First World War: launch of a War and Society special edition

Remembering 1917? The centenary of the Russian Revolution

DR TRACEY GERMAN November 7th 2017 marks 100 years since the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd (St Petersburg), ushering in nearly 75 years of communist rule, the establishment of the world’s first communist state and ultimately, the creation of the USSR in 1922. The October Revolution was the second revolution the country had experienced in… Read More Remembering 1917? The centenary of the Russian Revolution