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The world’s only superpower is unable to play the part

May 6, 2014

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  Ever since the end of the Cold War and the death of the bipolar system of state power, the world’s attention has largely focused on the struggle between the USA and a series of ‘rogue states’. If a superpower is a state that has the economic and material means to project its power anywhere in […]

Posted in: America, Europe, News, Opinion

Can terrorists pose a threat to a state’s security?

April 1, 2014

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It can’t be denied that terrorists have the potential to threaten a state’s security, however it is debatable whether terrorist groups can potentially threaten the very existence of a state. With 9/11 suddenly shifting the attention of US foreign policy onto a “cross-border, non-state, network-based phenomenon” which drove the US to declare a ‘global war on […]

The Crimean Crisis: is it REALLY worth it for Russia?

March 8, 2014

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Since last week’s start to the current crisis in Crimea I have struggled with one question in particular: “why?”. Did Putin wish to get involved in Crimea because of its strategic importance? Or did he wish to expose Western weaknesses and Russian strength? Or simply to gain domestic consensus? There is no doubt over Crimea’s […]

Posted in: America, Europe, News, Opinion

The Motives for Liberal Italy’s Colonialism in Africa – Dissertation

May 5, 2013

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Abstract Italian colonialism was, in its time, unlike any other in Europe. It was short lived and arguably improvised. It had been unified in 1861, when the other European powers already directly or indirectly controlled much of the world. Moreover, one of the driving sentiments of the Risorgimento had been the right to self-determination, which […]

Is there a “timeless wisdom” to neorealism?

May 3, 2013

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Is there a “timeless wisdom” to neorealism? “The process of trying to falsify theories in the social sciences is really one of searching for their bounds of applicability” (Elman, Elman 1995; p186). A process of falsification of neorealist theory as a whole is a task impossible to undertake successfully in such a short essay. However, […]

Posted in: Opinion

‘War is Terrorism with a Bigger Budget.’ A discussion.

February 10, 2013

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“Throwing a bomb is bad, dropping a bomb is good; Terror, no need to add, Depends on who’s wearing the hood.” In order to examine and put this statement to the test it is necessary to focus on the concept of terrorism rather than that of war. This is because of the two concepts, it […]

Giulio Douhet and Air Power Theory

October 19, 2012

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Giulio Douhet was an Italian General and one of the first and foremost aerial warfare theorists of his time.  In The Command of the Air (1921) he claimed that the introduction of aeronautics to armed conflict had created a new battlefield, beyond those of the land and sea. He argued that an air force should be […]

Posted in: Africa, Europe, History, Italy

The Rome-Berlin Axis: To what extent was Hitler’s decision to form an alliance with Mussolini the result of ideological affinity between the two regimes?

October 1, 2012

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Cooperation between Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy started in the mid-1930s as a merely political commitment and culminated in 1939, with the Pact of Steel: a military alliance. The alliance between the two states is not as easily explained as imaginable. Hitler’s racial ideals saw the Germanic race as the one to rule the world, […]

Posted in: Europe, History, Italy

Diplomatic Politeness

May 10, 2012

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In a 1936 message to the German Foreign Ministry, the German ambassador at Rome stressed, in the most polite way, the need for caution in assessing Italy’s dubious military capabilities in the eventuality of a world war on Germany’s side: At any rate, we have cause for taking the most cool-headed view of the ratios […]

Posted in: Europe, History, Italy

Column – Kony 2012

March 8, 2012

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As soon as I realised how viral the Kony 2012 film has become, I was utterly amazed by the amounts of support the Invisible Children campaign is managing to gather in such a short amount of time. We are talking about just under 40 million views in 3 days, since the film was uploaded on […]

Posted in: Africa, America, Opinion

Fiuggi, 28 July 1911

March 6, 2012

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Judging from the international situation and the local situation in Tripolitania, I am today convinced to consider the probability that, in a few months, Italy might be forced to carry out her military expedition to Tripolitania. It is necessary… to consider this probability, while at the same time, I believe, trying to avoid it. The […]

Posted in: History

Is History a Bad Teacher?

January 8, 2012

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My previous post, “The Hypocrisy of Disarmament”, which compared current affairs with the past, made me think about how hard it has been for people to learn history’s lessons. Hegel thought that all history teaches is that it doesn’t teach anything at all. This post will further develop the idea that Western and Israeli fears […]

Posted in: History, Opinion

The Hypocrisy of Disarmament

December 14, 2011

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The verb “to disarm” is irregular in all languages. It has neither first person, nor present, nor past: it is conjugated above all in the future and in the second person. People do not say: “I am disarming”, or “I have disarmed”, but: “You will disarm”. –Édouard Herriot Herriot wrote this in occasion of the […]

Posted in: History, Opinion