What Drives the Middlemen? Exploring Involvement in WMD-related Illicit Trade

Dr Daniel Salisbury is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California. He completed his PhD at the King’s College London Department of War Studies in 2016. This blogpost draws on research which will be published in the Nonproliferation Review later in the year. As North Korea demonstrated by… Read More What Drives the Middlemen? Exploring Involvement in WMD-related Illicit Trade

No news is good news? The field of security & defence one year after the Brexit referendum

DR BEN KIENZLE On 23 June 2016, the British people voted to leave the European Union (EU). This has been widely seen as one of the most important strategic decisions of the UK in a generation. In the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum, Ellen Hallams and Ben Kienzle have brought together researchers from King’s… Read More No news is good news? The field of security & defence one year after the Brexit referendum

Ukraine’s Military Reform and the Conflict in the East

DR DEBORAH SANDERS One of the key challenges of military reform for any military organisation is the question ‘are we preparing for the right war?’ In my article ‘”The War We Want; The War That We Get”: Ukraine’s Military Reform and the Conflict in the East’, I examine this issue in the context of Ukrainian… Read More Ukraine’s Military Reform and the Conflict in the East

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