Megan Karlshoej-Pedersen June 14, 2018 This is the second of five blog posts on cost of remote warfare. To see the first instalment, click here. When it comes to defending the UK and exerting influence abroad, British policy makers face a challenging paradox. On one hand, politicians worry that their electorate has become war weary after […]Read more "The true cost of Defence Engagement?"
Liam Walpole June 4, 2018 First in a five-part series on remote warfare and the MDP. Remote warfare is often presented as a lower risk, lower cost alternative to the large-scale deployment of British combat troops. However, despite current pressures on UK Defence to demonstrate good value for money, there is little information in the […]Read more "Remote Warfare: Cost-effective Warfighting?"
This article was first published on The Strategy Bridge on March 28, 2018 When news first emerged that four American special operators and five Nigeriens had been killed in a deadly ambush on the 4th of October 2017, it catapulted the hitherto, little-known United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) presence in Niger into the limelight. Almost immediately, Senators […]Read more "Special Forces Opacity: Dangers for the U.K."
Defence and security expert Christopher Spearin discusses the use of private military and security companies by states and the implications of this trend for international security. Q. A series of examples in recent conflicts – such as the US’ use of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan and Russia’s reliance on mercenaries in Ukraine and Syria […]Read more "Private Military and Security Companies: An Interview with Christopher Spearin"
Renowned political communications scholar Daniel Hallin talks about the media coverage of the Vietnam war and its lasting legacy on the relationship between the media and the state during wartime. Q. Much discussion on the media and war often focuses on the Vietnam War, which was described as “the living room war” and the first […]Read more "The Media and War: An Interview with Daniel Hallin"
Expert on jihadi-insurgency groups Christopher Anzalone talks about the recent activity of Al-Shabaab and the effectiveness of the counter measures against the group. Q. Recently, there were two major attacks on civilian targets in Mogadishu, Somalia. The first was the third-deadliest act of terrorism in recorded history. Whilst Al-Shabaab has yet to admit or deny […]Read more "Interview: Christopher Anzalone"
Alexander Thurston, specialist in militant Islamism, discusses the history and evolution of Boko Haram. Q. Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement, your new book, offers a comprehensive history of one of the world’s deadliest jihadist groups. Who are Boko Haram and what are the origins of this group? Boko Haram originated in north-eastern Nigeria […]Read more "Interview: Alexander Thurston"