Going nuclear over Ukraine? What is the likelihood of nuclear weapons being used by Russia?

Dr Rod Thornton, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London and Dr Marina Miron, Associate Fellow, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London Once confined to bad memories of the Cold War, it seems that with the conflict in Ukraine the spectre of nuclear war is back on the geopolitical agenda.  The rhetoric now being used in… Read More Going nuclear over Ukraine? What is the likelihood of nuclear weapons being used by Russia?

Losing China (again)? A socio-psychological explanation of the Sino-American rivalry 

Dr Giuseppe Paparella, University of Exeter (formerly Graduate Teaching Assistant, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London) Which factors have prevented American policymakers’ from establishing a more collaborative relationship with China since the end of the Cold War? With China growing more assertive abroad, U.S. analysts, observers and policymakershave once again rehashed the debate over a “lost chance”… Read More Losing China (again)? A socio-psychological explanation of the Sino-American rivalry 

The Russo-Ukraine war: Implications for UK Defence

Geraint Hughes, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London Over a month has passed since Vladimir Putin launched his ‘special military operation’ to subjugate Ukraine. Russia’s blatant and unprovoked invasion of its neighbour has caused a major international crisis, with Britain and other NATO powers being presented with the hard task of helping the Ukrainians to defend… Read More The Russo-Ukraine war: Implications for UK Defence

The role of naval forces in Russia’s war against Ukraine and its implications

Dr James Bosbotinis, associate member of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies at the Defence Studies Department of Kings College London. The Russian Navy has and continues to provide an important supporting role in Russia’s operations against Ukraine. This has included undertaking highly visible deployments in the pre-invasion phase and maintaining a presence in the… Read More The role of naval forces in Russia’s war against Ukraine and its implications

What are the chances of a “palace coup” in Moscow?

Dr Rod Thornton, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London Is Vladimir Putin safe in his position as president of Russia? It seems obvious that the invasion is not going to plan; can this lead to his removal?  In but one example of a plan that is going definitively awry, the accidental release (and then removal)… Read More What are the chances of a “palace coup” in Moscow?

What happens when the Russians’ “two-day” war drags on?

Dr Rod Thornton and Dr Marina Miron, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London It seems that the Putin’s war in Ukraine was supposed to last just two days. The fact that it is still dragging on has created, in just the last few days, increasing opposition within Russia. In terms of examining this opposition and… Read More What happens when the Russians’ “two-day” war drags on?

‘Supreme emergency’: How Britain lives with the bomb

Andrew Corbett, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London On 7 February 2020, French President Macron made a speech at the Ecole De Guerre on French deterrence strategy.  This continued a tradition started by President de Gaulle in 1959 and sustained by every incoming French president since.  Every French president makes a keynote speech on nuclear deterrence and its… Read More ‘Supreme emergency’: How Britain lives with the bomb

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: Maritime implications in the Black Sea

Deborah Sanders, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London  The decision by President Putin to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine marks an effective return to a Cold War relationship with Russia. Notwithstanding the recent fashion for hybrid warfare, in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and in terms of the wider regional political and strategic ramifications,… Read More Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: Maritime implications in the Black Sea