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

How do states without defence forces defend themselves? An examination of security and sovereignty in small states

TYSON SARA is a senior official with the Australian Defence Department and is a 2017 graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies. The post is based on his MA dissertation. All views expressed in it are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Defence Department or the Royal… Read More How do states without defence forces defend themselves? An examination of security and sovereignty in small states

Liberal Interventions and the Relevance of Imperial History

DR CHRIS TRIPODI When it comes to the subjects of war, conflict and strategy there are historians (Max Hastings, Anthony Beevor, and that tall posh bloke off the BBC) and then there are historians’ historians; a plethora of otherwise invisible but powerful intellects quietly going about their business, helping construct our understanding of the past,… Read More Liberal Interventions and the Relevance of Imperial History

America, Russia, Britain, and Germany: Second World War Mobilisation in Global Perspective

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’. Over the coming weeks, we will be posting entries written by some of the conference’s presenters. DR OLIVER WERNER Dr Werner is a Post-Doctoral… Read More America, Russia, Britain, and Germany: Second World War Mobilisation in Global Perspective

Renegades in Malaya: Indian Volunteers of the Japanese, F. Kikan

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‘. Over the coming weeks, we will be posting blog articles written by some of the conference’s presenters. KEVIN NOLES This post examines the recruitment,… Read More Renegades in Malaya: Indian Volunteers of the Japanese, F. Kikan

British naval aviation in World War II: Escort Carriers

DR TIM BENBOW The Royal Navy pioneered the use of air power at sea, from bases ashore and from aircraft carriers, during the First World War.  It lost this lead during the interwar period due to a range of factors including limited spending on defence and an unclear national strategy, exacerbated by the Navy losing… Read More British naval aviation in World War II: Escort Carriers

Italian Influences on British Imperial Defence & Grand Strategy, 1935-43

DR RICHARD HAMMOND Formulating grand strategy is an extraordinarily complex issue for a state. To understand the process, you have to assess not just that state’s own interests and the variety of external factors exerting influence on them, but also their perception of these influences. This was certainly the case for Britain during the interwar… Read More Italian Influences on British Imperial Defence & Grand Strategy, 1935-43