The Ukrainian Crisis: The Role of, and Implications for, Sub-State and Non-State Actors

DR EMMANUEL KARAGIANNIS and DR TRACEY GERMAN The conflict in eastern Ukraine has entered its fourth year with little sign of a negotiated resolution. Crimea has been absorbed into the Russian Federation and celebrated the third anniversary of its ‘integration’ in March 2017. To date, most scholarly analyses of the conflict have focused on the… Read More The Ukrainian Crisis: The Role of, and Implications for, Sub-State and Non-State Actors

The Gulf Rift – A war over two irreconcilable narratives

DR ANDREAS KRIEG Dr Krieg is the author of Socio-Political Order and Security in the Arab World: From Regime Security to Public Security. This the second blog post by DSD’s Middle East experts on the Qatar Crisis. Amid the ongoing escalation in the Arabian Gulf, diplomats, regional news outlets and experts are heavily bogged down… Read More The Gulf Rift – A war over two irreconcilable narratives

The Iran nuclear deal under Rouhani 2.0

An earlier version of the article was published by Aspenia Online. DR ANISEH BASSIRI TABRIZI On May 19, about 45 million Iranians participated in the twelfth presidential election, in which incumbent President Hassan Rouhani gained a determined majority of votes. The election was widely perceived as a referendum on the achievements of the Rouhani’s administration,… Read More The Iran nuclear deal under Rouhani 2.0

Nuclear terrorism: There is no spoon

Dr Robert J. Downes and Dr Christopher Hobbs In a nuclear world, there exists the possibility that nuclear weapons and their constituent materials could drift out of the control of states and into the hands of terrorists. This statement is uncontroversial and has a distinguished lineage. In 1946, during closed congressional testimony, Robert Oppenheimer opined… Read More Nuclear terrorism: There is no spoon

Stuck in Endless Preliminaries: Vietnam and the Battle of the Paris Peace Table, November 1968-January 1969

DR JEFFREY MICHAELS In the anti-war film Go Tell the Spartans, set in Vietnam in 1964, the conflict is described as ‘going nowhere, just around and around in circles’. Perhaps a slightly more accurate representation can be found in the work of Franz Kafka, such as Der Prozeß, in which his protagonist seems to make… Read More Stuck in Endless Preliminaries: Vietnam and the Battle of the Paris Peace Table, November 1968-January 1969

Brexit has given an impetus to reshape Europe’s foreign, security and defence policies

DR BEN KIENZLE and DR INEZ VON WEITERSHAUSEN This post originally appeared on the LSE’s Brexit Blog – a multidisciplinary, evidence-based blog run by the London School of Economics and Political Science. Follow the LSE’s Brexit blog on Twitter @lsebrexitvote Foreign policy, security or defence are traditionally considered matters of ‘high politics’, i.e. areas over which… Read More Brexit has given an impetus to reshape Europe’s foreign, security and defence policies