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

Boots Off the Ground: The Use of Contractors to Train Foreign Militaries by the U.S. Government

Miss Whitney Grespin As the U.S. and allied forces attempted to draw down from the major conventional ground engagements of the past decade throughout the Obama Administration, the nature of U.S. foreign military engagement and related contracting requirements adjusted accordingly.  Improving, expanding, and strengthening international security assistance partnerships, with a particular focus on building partner… Read More Boots Off the Ground: The Use of Contractors to Train Foreign Militaries by the U.S. Government

Coalitions and Ethical Relativism: Challenges for Those on the Ground

DR DAVID WHETHAM is Reader in Military Ethics and Director of the King’s Centre for Military Ethics. Editorial note: This article contains content some readers may find upsetting.   In the latest volume to come out in the book series from the European Chapter of the International Society for Military Ethics, I write about the… Read More Coalitions and Ethical Relativism: Challenges for Those on the Ground

Strategic Communication in an Era of ‘Fake News’

DR NICHOLAS MICHELSEN is Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies, and Director of Research in the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC). Strategic Communications is a term of art which can refer to a range of activities, including International Public Relations, Public Diplomacy, nation branding, psychological operations, and counter-subversion or counter-extremism activities. Clearly,… Read More Strategic Communication in an Era of ‘Fake News’

What to read on Brexit, security & defence

DR BEN KIENZLE Each summer, members of the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London offer literature suggestions for the following academic year. Given the UK’s game-changing decision to leave the European Union (EU), this year’s first ‘summer reading’ post takes on the nearly impossible task of suggesting three key readings on the security &… Read More What to read on Brexit, security & defence

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