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

April 1, 2014


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


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


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


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, […]

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‘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 […]

Giulio Douhet and Air Power Theory

October 19, 2012


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


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