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Strife Journal special edition now released

Strife Journal has now launched its first Special edition based on presentations at the 2015 Strife-USFPRRG conference held in March 2015 at King’s College entitled: “A world in flux? Analysis and prospects for the U.S. in global security.” You can access the journal and individual articles here.



Following the event held on November 9, an interview with Dr. Stefano Recchia is now live and available on the War Studies website here at 18:20. The interview is entitled, “Interview with Ramesh Thakur on R2P / US Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention.”



Strife launches independent website for journal

Strife is dual-format publication containing both our academic blog and journal. We believe it is important to recognize the signifiant work of our journal contributors and as such, Strife has launched an independent website for our journal. You can browse it here at:


EVENT – U.S. Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention, Dr. Stefano Recchia, Cambridge University

Date: Monday, November 9, 2015

Time: 16:00 – 17:30

Location: Pyramid Room (King’s Building, 4th floor), Strand campus. King’s College London, WC2R 2LS. Map here.

Strife and the US Foreign Policy Research Group are pleased to present Dr. Stefano Recchia of Cambridge University to discuss his new book, “Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors: U.S. Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention” (2015, Cornell University Press).

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Why did American leaders work hard to secure multilateral approval from the United Nations or NATO for military interventions in Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo, while making only limited efforts to gain such approval for the 2003 Iraq War? In Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors, Stefano Recchia draws on declassified documents and about one hundred interviews with civilian and military leaders to illuminate little-known aspects of U.S. decision making in the run-up to those interventions.  American leaders, he argues, seek UN or NATO approval to facilitate sustained military and financial burden sharing and ensure domestic support. However, the most assertive, hawkish, and influential civilian leaders in Washington tend to downplay the costs of intervention, and when confronted with hesitant international partners they often want to bypass multilateral bodies. In these circumstances, America’s senior generals and admirals—as reluctant warriors who worry about Vietnam-style quagmires—can play an important restraining role, steering U.S. policy toward multilateralism.

This discussion is sure to offer timely reflection for current U.S. decision making processes. The event is open to all and there is no RSVP required.

Dr. Stefano Recchia is a Lecturer (assistant professor) in international relations at the University of Cambridge. His first monograph, “Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors: US Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention”, has been recently published with the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs book series. He holds a PhD from Columbia University (awarded with distinction) and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has held fellowships at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Brookings Institution, the European University Institute (EUI), and the Freie Universität Berlin.

 Any enquiries can be forwarded to



Strife and the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) are pleased to present award-winning author and investigative journalist Chris Woods, and Dr. Jack McDonald of King’s College London in a timely and lively debate to discuss the issue of drones.

Date: Monday, October 5, 2015

Time: 18:00

Location: K6.07 (King’s Building, 6th floor), Strand campus. King’s College London, WC2R 2LS. Map here.


Drones have been a highly contentious topic for many years due to their infamous role in targeted killings, and have recently entered the spotlight in the UK being engaged in the deaths of British jihadists, Reyaad Khan and Rahul Amin in early September. However, some argue that the use of drone helps reduce casualties in conflict and serve a useful purpose in today’s security environment. Leading experts Chris Woods and Dr. Jack McDonald will be discussing key debates and implications surrounding the increasing use of drones in the UK and beyond.

All are welcome to attend. Hurst will be in attendance with copies of Woods recent book, “Sudden Justice” available for purchase.

Chris Woods is a widely-published investigative journalist who specialises in conflict and national security issues. A former senior BBC Panorama producer, he has authored some of the key investigations into covert US drone strikes and their true effects. He was recently awarded the Martha Gellhorn Journalism Prize for his work. He will be discussing the topic of his most recent book, “Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars” (Hurst, 2015).

Dr. Jack McDonald is a research associate and teaching fellow with CSSS at King’s College London. His research covers the law and ethics of war, with a specific focus on novel technology. In particular, he is interested in the role of knowledge and information in the concept and conduct of war. His book “Known and Unknown Enemies: Targeted Killings and Contemporary Warfare” which focuses on the concept and practice of targeted killings will be published next year by Hurst & Co.

You can find an earlier review of “Sudden Death” by Strife’s Harris Kuemmerle here, as well as a 5-part series that Strife previously published on drones here, including a contribution by Dr. McDonald. Any enquiries can be forwarded to


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Positions on Strife editorial board open for applications

Thanks to the hard work of our 2014-15 editorial board, talented contributors and the enthusiastic support of our readers and collaborators, Strife is continuously growing and now reaches over 80,000 readers across 150 countries. Our readership includes fellow students and researchers, academics, and professionals working in the government, NGO, military, and security spheres (amongst others). With the beginning of a new academic year, we are seeking a number of talented and enthusiastic individuals from within the King’s War Studies Department to join our editorial board for the 2015-16 academic year. 

Strife’s thematic focus is ‘conflict’ in all shapes, forms and senses of the word. We combine political, historical, literary, and philosophical approaches to conflict for our readers through blog and journal articles, as well as unique formats like photo essays, film and art reviews. We aim to provide thought-provoking, unique perspectives in all our work, which is featured on Strife Blog and Strife Journal. For more information about Strife, see our About page, or browse through our website.

Strife offer’s the opportunity to our Editorial Team to get practical experience writing, editing, peer-reviewing, organizing major conferences and being part of a dynamic team within the department.

We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Managing Editor for Strife Blog (1)
  • Senior Editors (3 at PhD level)
  • MA Editor and representative (1)
  • BA Editor and representative  (1)
  • Editor – Strife Series (4 at MA or PhD level)
  • Social media coordinator (1)

If you are interested in any of the above positions, please send any questions, or your CV and a cover letter to The heading can be referenced as ‘Editorial Board application’ and the position being applied for.

Deadline for applications is September 25, 2015.

We look forward to getting you involved with Strife.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 4:00

LocationK6.07, King’s Building, King’s College. Strand, London, UK, WC2R 2LS

Strife’s Editor-in-Chief Joana Cook will be doing a presentation in partnership with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security entitled, “Migrants, fighters, recruiters… and partners. Analyzing the roles of women in supporting, perpetrating and countering violent extremism.” This event will be open to all. If you are not London-based you are still able to login remotely for the webinar. You can find the event page and details here: Women and extremism.

March 9, 2015

6:00 – 7:30, Pyramid Room, King’s College London

In partnership with the BISA Russian and Eurasian Security Research Group, Strife is proud to present, Professor Richard Sakwa to speak about his new book ‘Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands’. You can find more details here.

March 4, 2015

Strife was proud to welcome distinguished speaker Professor Inderjeet Parmar and presenters from around the world to the 1st annual Strife-USFPRG conference, “A World in Flux.” You can hear Professor Parmar’s opening lecture here (posted March 5, 2015). Strife would also like to thank the War Studies Department for its support and participation.


January 25, 2015

Strife has now announced the programme for the March 4, 2015 conference, “A World in Flux: Analysis and Prospects for the U.S. in Global Security.” You can find the programme here. The conference is free and open for all to attend.

December 10, 2014
New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

(OHSP) & STRIFE invites you to a webinar discussing:

Critical Masses: The People in Policing and Warfare

Wednesday, December 10, 2014. 3:00 – 4:00. War Studies Meeting Room, King’s College London, Strand.

You are able to listen to a recording of the presentation here.


The world of policing and military operations seems increasingly complex when compared to past generations.  The speed and reach of modern communications, evolving expectations of government and other entities competing for legitimacy all make it more likely that events can rapidly gain strategic significance and global reach. 

The implications of these complex environments can range from an increase of terrorism recruiting (the Abu Ghraib prison scandal), political instability (Arab Spring or the Occupy Movement) or damage to business and government institutions (the rise of political hactivism and the 2011 England riots). 

In all these cases, individuals and their communities have assumed an increasingly important role in the use and effectiveness of force.  From the British policing model founded upon “consent” of the population to the confusion over the importance of Hearts and Minds in contemporary conflicts, gaining or maintaining the popular allegiance has been a goal.  

This talk will highlight the historical place of the people in both warfare and policing, arguing that the strategic implications of whom they support and why it is critical, if not always well understood or pursued.

FEATURED SPEAKER:               

Jill S. Russell | Military Historian, King’s College London

Jill S. Russell is a military historian completing her Doctoral dissertation on logistics and strategic culture in the War Studies Department at King’s College London.  She holds an MPhil in Military History from George Washington University and an MA in International Relations from SAIS.  She has been a defense consultant in Washington, DC, working with both the services and the Department of Defense on matters of military policy.  She also has experience in military education, to include instruction in Strategy and Policy and research for coursework in Joint Military Operations. Her writing has appeared in professional military journals, the Telegraph, and she is a frequent contributor to the King’s College family of blogs. Her current research on the nexus of policing, warfare and the people is an outgrowth of an interest in counterinsurgency and forms one part of a larger perspective on future security issues.


Dean Baratta | Intelligence Analyst, OHSP

Dean Baratta has over 20 years of intelligence experience within the military, law enforcement and homeland security spheres on a wide range of threats. 


The Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness helps to direct prevention, detection, protection, response, and recovery planning, not only at the state level, but also at the regional and national levels with our varied partners.  In addition to coordinating their efforts with other state agencies, they have a critical role in the national and regional arenas to help shape state and inter-state homeland security policy and practices.  OHSP is led by Director Chris Rodriguez and comprised of two Divisions, the Division of Intelligence and Division of Preparedness, and seven bureaus.

DISCLAIMER: Any views or opinions presented in this webinar are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP).

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US FFPRG and STRIFE Conference on
‘A world in flux? Analysis and prospects for the U.S. in global security’
For the formal Call for Papers and more details follow this link.
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