Why there is much to celebrate as the Communist Party of China turns 100

Dr Zeno Leoni, Defence Studies Department The Communist Party of China (CPC) will be celebrating its 100th birthday on July 1, 2021. It is an anniversary that comes at a very symbolic moment. Ironically, just as the international campaign for the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to change course from state capitalism to a free-market… Read More Why there is much to celebrate as the Communist Party of China turns 100

Britain’s U-turn on torture – how defence figures defended human rights

Dr Frank Foley, Department of War Studies, King’s College London The UK looked set to undermine the international prohibition against torture, but stiff opposition, including from former senior officers and prominent defence figures, forced a change.  The UK’s Overseas Operations Bill passed into law at the end of April following a long debate on whether… Read More Britain’s U-turn on torture – how defence figures defended human rights

Psychological Resilience — the missing golden thread?

Wing Commander Phil Holdcroft, Defence Studies Department MA Student “Reflecting on 18 years’ service as an officer and helicopter pilot, I don’t believe I’ve ever formally received dedicated psychological resilience training. Furthermore, I don’t think I’m in the minority. I’m not for a moment suggesting that the rigours of aircrew selection, pressures of flying training,… Read More Psychological Resilience — the missing golden thread?

What is Multi-Domain Integration?

Chris Tuck, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London Joint Concept Note 1/20 (JCN 1/20), Multi-Domain Integration is the UK military’s conceptual response to perceived changes in the character of conflict. This document discusses, of course, this relatively new notion of multi-domain integration (MDI). This is a concept that is explicitly experimental, but it seems, at… Read More What is Multi-Domain Integration?

A Typology for Civil-Military Medical Co-Operation during the Covid Crisis

Professor Martin Bricknell, Dr Mohamed Gad, Dr Chiuyi Lin and Professor Christoph Meyer 1 The COVID pandemic has been the dominant issue for national governments and international organisations over the past year. Whilst originating as a threat to health, it has had implications across most ministries (health, economics, education, internal affairs, diplomacy, defence etc) and… Read More A Typology for Civil-Military Medical Co-Operation during the Covid Crisis

China’s space programme: a rising star, a rising challenge

Dr Mark Hilborne, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London China’s successful launch today of the first section of China’s new modular space station, called Tianhe (‘Harmony of the Heavens’) has again highlighted the pace of the country’s space programme. As the latest in a string of recent mission successes, it has inevitably led to warnings… Read More China’s space programme: a rising star, a rising challenge

The Integrated Review and Defence in a Competitive Age: are they missing something? Who deals with major public disorder?

Rod Thornton, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London The government in the United Kingdom has recently released two important documents pointing the way forward in terms of its defence, security and foreign policy thinking. These are the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy and Defence in a Competitive Age. But there seems… Read More The Integrated Review and Defence in a Competitive Age: are they missing something? Who deals with major public disorder?

The Integrated Review: A New UK Vision for Climate Security?

Duraid Jalili, Defence Studies Department and Co-Director of Environmental Security Research Group, King’s College London On 16 March 2021, the UK government released its much-anticipated Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. The notable foregrounding of climate change and biodiversity loss within the review has already led to a range of responses and… Read More The Integrated Review: A New UK Vision for Climate Security?