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What does Trump’s victory mean for NATO?

November 10, 2016


The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America casts a shadow of uncertainty over the future of the NATO alliance. His boisterous claims that some NATO allies should pay up in order to enjoy America’s protection make for uncomfortable reading today in many European capitals. Unless rebuked, they could strike a […]

Is NATO a ‘three-tier’ alliance?

October 16, 2016


© Defence Images Despite commitments by NATO Member States to increase their defence budgets, it is unlikely that many of them will indeed reach the 2 percent target by 2024. While some large NATO economies actively seek to project their power on a global scale, others are quite comfortable in their role of regional powers […]

“Counterinsurgency is 100% Political” (David Kilcullen): a look at Afghanistan.

August 10, 2014


The amount of politics required to successfully engage in a counterinsurgency campaign has been an important element in the academic debate in the field of counterinsurgency for decades. However, while under no circumstance should percentile figures on just how political counterinsurgency is as a form of warfare be taken as scientific truths, the debate does […]

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

May 6, 2014


  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 […]

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

March 8, 2014


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 […]

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

May 5, 2013


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 […]

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

February 10, 2013


“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 […]