Strife series

Strife’s Series Editors regularly publish series analyzing some of the most pressing and timely issues of our day. Our aim with these is to offer a deeper, more diverse approach to each topic from some of the best and brightest in our department and beyond. You can also find the series featured in past editions of Strife Journal.


PROXY Capabilities: PMCs, militaries, and intelligence on the modern battlefield. (April 2016)


PROXY Capabilities I – A Renewed Strategy of the 21st Century – Series Editor Cheng Lai Ki

PROXY Capabilities II – The History and Future of Russian Private Military Companies – Gregory Wilson

PROXY Capabilities III – Proliferation and Patronage: UAV Diffusion as a New Form of Proxy – Rian Whitton

PROXY Capabilities IV – Spying by Proxy: The Privatisation of Surveillance – Saher Naumaan

PROXY Capabilities V – Costs and burden sharing in Draft Investigatory Powers Bill: The battle between the Home Office and communication service providers – Mustafa Batuhan Albas

PROXY Capabilities VI – A Helping Hand in the Struggle against Terrorist Cyber-Activity – Elmer Hernandez



The role of water in human conflict and politics (March 2016)

Paula Hanasz - leaking tap in India

Dripping tap in India. South Asia is relatively abundant in water resources, but it is not always distributed efficiently or equitably. (Image by Paula Hanasz, 2014)

Water in human conflict, Part I: Water, a well-spring of conflict? – Paula Hanasz

Water in human conflict, Part II: Dams as Centaurs – Fillipo Menga

Water in human conflict, Part III: Transboundary rivers and climate Change: Testing times for hydro-diplomacy to attain and maintain cooperation – Prof. Ashok Swain

Water in human conflict part IV: ISIS and the Flood: or the hydro-politics behind the rise (and fall) of Daesh – Series Editor Harris Kuemmerle


Organized crime and terrorism (February 2016)


Source: Interpol

Organised crime and terrorism, Part I: Godfathers and bombs – organized crime and terrorist tactics – Series Editor Andrea Varsori

Organised crime and terrorism, Part II: Negotiating with Bombs – The Sicilian mafia’s attempts at intimidating the Italian state – Martin Stein

Organised crime and terrorism Part III: Letters from Dubai: D-Company’ and the ‘93 Mumbai terror attacks – Andrea Varsor

Organised crime and terrorism Part IV: Setting examples: Violence as Communication in Mexico’s Cartel War – Joe Atkins


Cyber risks to governance (Summer 2015)


Cyber risks to governance, Part I – Silk Road: resisting and reshaping governance – Andreas Haggman

Cyber risks to governance, Part II – The Attribution Game: the challenges and opportunities of cyber attribution in policymaking – Yuji Develle and Jackson Webster

Cyber risks to governance, Part III: Hyper-connectivity and its impact on state power – Series Editor Christy Quinn


Russia and the world after Ukraine (Spring 2015)


Ukrainean tanks taking up positions in the city of Slovyansk, Crimea, July 2008. Photo: Sasha Maksymenko (CC 2.0)

Russia and the World following Ukraine: Introduction – Series Editor Sebastian Åsberg

After Ukraine, Part I – Sleepwalking into crisis: Britain, Russia and the Ukraine – Michael Jones

After Ukraine, Part II – Russian great power vs. EU normative hegemony: What is at stake in Eastern Europe?  – Conradin Weindl

After Ukraine, Part III – Polish security & Russian aggression: the return of old fears? – Andrzej Kozłowski

After Ukraine, Part IV – NATO in Scandinavia: Will Sweden and Finland join up? – Sebastian Åsberg


Financing terror (Winter 2015)


Abu Sayyaf gunmen displaying their weapons in the jungles of the Philippines in 2000. Photo: AFP

Financing Terror: Introduction – Series Editor Maya Ehrmann

Financing Terror, Part I: Private Kuwaiti donors in Syria’s Civil War –  Arne Holverscheid

Financing Terror, Part II: Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism – Claire Mennessier

Financing Terror, Part III: Kidnapping for ransom in the Philippines – Samuel A. Smith

Financing Terror, Part IV: Charities and terrorism in the Middle East – Drew Alyeshmerni


The good, the bad, the drones: A Strife 5-part series (Spring 2014)

MQ-1 Predator

The good, the bad, the drones: Introduction – Series Editor Joana Cook

Drones, Part I: Pakistan’s decade of drones (2004-2014) – Zoha Waseem

Drones, Part II: Daring to use drones. Why targeted killings are a necessary component in modern counter-insurgency campaigns – David C. Hoffman

Drones, Part III. War, peace and the spaces in between: Drones in international law – Dr. Jack McDonald

Drones, Part IV. ‘May you die in a drone strike’: Yemen, AQAP and the US drone program – Dr. Victoria Fontan

Drones series, Part V. The biopolitics of drone warfare – Daniel Møller Ølgaard


Private military and security contractors (Fall 2013)


Overpriced or Out of Sight: What subsistence history teaches us about contractors and tactical logistics at war – Birthe Anders

Why becoming a Private Security Contractor cannot be explained by motivation – Alison Hawkes

There’s a new sheriff in town – but can he keep the peace? – Birthe Anders


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