Security and conflict

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law, Security and conflict

Dr Mahathir speaks to the press in front of the Central Market (Credit: The Star, Malaysia

Working with Mahathir – the right thing to do?

Earlier this week, a group of influential Malaysians signed a “Declaration” calling for Prime Minister Najib Razak to be removed and for institutional reforms. This is a major escalation in the effort to remove Najib, and an extraordinary development in Malaysian politics. Najib has faced months of exposés, investigations, and […]

by × 07 March 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

Men praying at the Blue Mosque (or Shrine of Hazrat Ali) in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Will moderate Muslims please stand up?

Each time a terror attack carried out by Muslim militants wrecks a Western country, Muslims from across the world take to electronic and social media to condemn the horrific act, dissociate themselves from the perpetrators and defend Islam as a religion of peace. Despite these condemnations, moderate Muslims have neither […]

by × 23 November 2015 ×

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

Air strike in Sana'a, September 2015. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Yemen is shattered and peace seems a long way off. The world can’t just watch on

“For us, the future is lost. There is no hope.” That’s what Ali Ahmad told BBC interviewers who were trying to find out what life was like under the current war in Yemen. Ali comes from Taiz, a governorate that has for months been under siege by the militias of […]

by × 22 October 2015 ×

BSG Faculty, Security and conflict

Predator drone (Source: WikiMedia Commons)

Leaked drone files reveal ethical questions hang over ‘grey area’ strikes

Two years after Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified files detailing the West’s surveillance programmes, another whistleblower has revealed more secret documents, this time detailing the US drone strike operations against Islamist terrorists in East Africa, the Arabian peninsula and Afghanistan. Published by The Intercept website as The Drone Papers, […]

by × 22 October 2015 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

The war in Yemen: where no one wins

The war in Yemen: where no one wins

I will never forget the night of March 25th 2015, the day coalition forces started bombing Yemen. I rushed out of my safe Oxford library at 3 am to call my mother back in Sana’a. I could hear my always-strong mother scared of the unknown as she hid in the […]

by × 22 April 2015 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

Fighting the Islamic State — how much will it cost?

Fighting the Islamic State — how much will it cost?

Twelve years ago we stumbled into a war in Iraq with little thought as to how much it would cost or how we might pay for it. Trillions of dollars later, we are about to wade into another protracted conflict, and once again there is no financial strategy.

by × 10 October 2014 ×

BSG Faculty, Security and conflict

Surveillance CCTV studio Buenos Aires

Are we living in an Orwellian state?

Edward Snowden is now a household name. Judgements about his actions vary: is he a traitor or heroic whistleblower? Regardless of your views, his revelations are having the effect he intended. In an interview just after the initial disclosures, he claimed that “My sole motive is to inform the public […]

by × 09 May 2014 ×

BSG Faculty, Security and conflict

Grounds for Hope: The Science Behind Territorial Conflict

Grounds for Hope: The Science Behind Territorial Conflict

In international relations, unlike the natural sciences, there are few fundamental principles or laws. The world map, however, reveals at least one iron law of global politics: human territoriality.

by × 26 February 2014 ×