The Russian military’s ‘permanent’ commitment in Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean

DR ROD THORNTON, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London The Russian military appears to be in Syria very much for the long haul. Indeed, the adjective ‘permanent’ [postoyannyi] has been applied by senior Russian political and military figures to describe both the presence of the Russian forces on land in Syria and the Russian Navy’s… Read More The Russian military’s ‘permanent’ commitment in Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean

UK Sanction Policies after Brexit: A Strategic Perspective

BEN KIENZLE is a Lecturer in Defence Studies at King’s College London In recent months, the European Union Committee of the House of Lords has published its report on sanctions after Brexit (followed two months later by an official government response). The report highlights quite rightly that ‘the most effective sanctions regimes are designed and… Read More UK Sanction Policies after Brexit: A Strategic Perspective

How does the Migration Crisis Change the Roles of Militaries?

DR BENCE NEMETH While recently most of the attention has been paid to the Baltic States and Poland concerning defence matters in Europe, as they are deemed to be the most vulnerable NATO members for Russian intervention, a silent transformation has happened in the military affairs of other NATO and EU member states too. As… Read More How does the Migration Crisis Change the Roles of Militaries?

The New Political Islam: Human Rights, Democracy and Justice

DR. EMMANUEL KARAGIANNIS Editorial note: This blog post is based on Dr. Karagiannis’ new book on The New Political Islam: Human Rights, Democracy and Justice. The rise of political Islam is a modern phenomenon characterized by heterogeneity and complexity. It can best be described as a social movement embodied by three generations: the Islamist nationalists,… Read More The New Political Islam: Human Rights, Democracy and Justice

The ethical legitimacy of military outsourcing

ROBERT PARR is currently a PhD Student with the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London. Increased levels of uptake from the commercial security sector by national governments in the post-9/11 era have spawned a large body of academic research, the majority of which is centred around the connected questions of why this phenomenon has… Read More The ethical legitimacy of military outsourcing

This is what communication failure looks like: Visuals at the North Korean border

DR NICHOLAS MICHELSEN, Director of Research, King’s Centre for Strategic Communications The following reflects on a recent trip to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between The Republic of Korea (ROK) and The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted with War Studies Head of Department Professor Michael Rainsborough. We were in South Korea by invitation of… Read More This is what communication failure looks like: Visuals at the North Korean border

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

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