Extremism, environment, and the new security dynamics of the 21st century: Strife in conversation with RUSI Director, Dr. Karin von Hippel
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Extremism, environment, and the new security dynamics of the 21st century: Strife in conversation with RUSI Director, Dr. Karin von Hippel

Interviewed by: Harris Kuemmerle Harris Kuemmerle – Where do you see climate change fitting within the wider European security dynamic moving forward? Do you feel that European policy makers adequately appreciate the security risks of climate change? Or is it still seen as somewhat of a secondary security issue? Karin von Hippel – I think … Continue reading

The limits of US security cooperation in Jordan
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The limits of US security cooperation in Jordan

By: Peter Kirechu The most notable feature of President Barack Obama’s partnership-based counterterrorism doctrine­–roughly defined–is its central focus on training and arming local security services to independently deal with emerging terrorism threats. The President’s doctrine is unfortunately fraught with inconsistent performance of US-trained security services, especially among fragile states in the Middle East and beyond. … Continue reading

The Somaliland Campaign and the Origins of British Counterinsurgency Airstrikes
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The Somaliland Campaign and the Origins of British Counterinsurgency Airstrikes

By: James A. Fargher In response to an effective Islamist insurgency which threatened British interests in the Greater Middle East, the Cabinet sent a carrier-based strike force to commence an air campaign to disrupt and degrade the insurrection.[1] A radical Somali cleric, Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, had inspired the uprising, which threatened to spread and to radicalise … Continue reading

Controversy over interpreters reminder of failures in Afghanistan
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Controversy over interpreters reminder of failures in Afghanistan

By Alex Calvo: The fate of the almost 3,000 interpreters who worked with the British forces in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province has recently been highlighted in the media, prompting a debate about whether they should be allowed to settle in Great Britain. The interpreters fear reprisals and some have already suffered violence or even death in their native … Continue reading

Lessons from Algeria: counter-insurgency, commitment and cruelty
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Lessons from Algeria: counter-insurgency, commitment and cruelty

By Ethan Brooks and Thomas Giles: In the Algerian War of 1954-62, the belligerents tore apart a society that had coexisted for a century. The wounds they left were too deep to heal. But the continuation of theviolence after the war and the spiraling civilian-targeted terror campaigns conducted by both French colonists and Algerian independence … Continue reading

COIN, resilience, and a new approach to conflict: Interview with Victoria Fontan
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COIN, resilience, and a new approach to conflict: Interview with Victoria Fontan

By Joana Cook, Managing Editor, Strife: Victoria Fontan is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica and author of “Decolonizing Peace” (2012) and “Voices from Post-Saddam Iraq” (2008). She is now undertaking her third PhD in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. * Joana … Continue reading