Extinction Rebellion and the politics of remembrance

Dr Helen McCartney, Reader, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London Remembrance is a political act. In public discussions surrounding Extinction Rebellion’s recent cenotaph protest, it has been suggested by the Royal British Legion (among others) that Armistice Day is ‘not for political protest’.  This view ignores the fact that remembrance is inherently political. It marks… Read More Extinction Rebellion and the politics of remembrance

The Unknown Enemy

Dr Christian Tripodi, Senior Lecturer, Defence Studies Department I don’t do irony. It’s far too knowing and indeed far too clever. Which is rather ironic as the title of my new book The Unknown Enemy: Counterinsurgency and the Illusion of Control suggests a thoroughly intentional nod to irony. Why so? Because in a book about… Read More The Unknown Enemy

Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine, the military input and what it may mean for the future use of biological weapons

Rod Thornton and Marina Miron On 20 July this year, the Russian Deputy Minister of Defence, Ruslan Tsalikov, announced that his military had developed a COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus) vaccine. It was, he said, ‘ready’ to use. This was some three weeks before the world was told officially that Russia had actually licensed a vaccine.Tsalikov’s declaration… Read More Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine, the military input and what it may mean for the future use of biological weapons

Spoilers in Libya Might Just Be Longing for US Post-Electoral Chaos

Dr Andreas Krieg, King’s College London and Anas El Gomati, Sadeq Institute, Tripoli The 2020 US Presidential Elections are en route to become the most contested and potentially the most controversial in American history as President Trump has repeatedly refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. Beyond its effect locally on US democracy,… Read More Spoilers in Libya Might Just Be Longing for US Post-Electoral Chaos

The UAE and Israel: Exploring the Logics of Engagement

Dr David Roberts, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London On Thursday 13th August, after trilateral discussions, President Trump announced a “full normalization of relations” between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel. This makes the UAE only the third Arab country to break the boycott of Israel (alongside Egypt in 1970 and Jordan in 1994).… Read More The UAE and Israel: Exploring the Logics of Engagement

Artificial Intelligence in the Integrated Review

Dr Kenneth Payne, Defence Studies Department Note from the Editor of Defence-in-Depth. Dr Kenneth Payne’s piece here is the first in a series representing the evidence given by various members of staff within the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London to the UK’s government’s Integrated Review process. This Review made a call for evidence… Read More Artificial Intelligence in the Integrated Review

The Second World War: My Part in Our Victory

Professor Ashley Jackson, Defence Studies Department While perhaps unworthy of a title echoing Spike Milligan’s Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, the fact that I have a Second World War ‘experience’, despite being born over a quarter-century after VE Day, says something about the conflict’s resonance in British society.[1] What was it that brought the… Read More The Second World War: My Part in Our Victory

The Perils of Mission Command – A Historical Perspective

Conor O’Neill Mission command is firmly built into UK and Allied military doctrine.  It has become an article of faith that it produces better results as it “…encourages initiative and decentralized decision-making” and thus “promotes…speed of action…”.  UK doctrine argues that the British approach goes further than the Allied one, with use of the concept… Read More The Perils of Mission Command – A Historical Perspective