Security and conflict

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 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

Policing for the people

Policing for the people

At the Blavatnik School’s Challenges of Government Conference, Atifete Jahjaga, the current president of Kosovo and former Deputy Director of the Kosovo police, shared insights on how she transformed her nation’s police force (you can watch her full talk here). Under her leadership, the police transitioned from one of the […]

by × 16 January 2014 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

Deconstructing a dangerous narrative

Deconstructing a dangerous narrative

In an angry speech in the National Assembly on Monday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan urged all political parties to unite and stand up to the perceived American pressure to put an end to the drone strikes in Pakistan. Earlier, reacting emotionally to the US drone strike that reportedly killed […]

by × 15 November 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Security and conflict

Boston marathon bombers: terrorist motives in doubt?

If they are responsible for last Monday’s bombings, the Tsarnaev brothers are mass murderers. Whether they are terrorists is less clear.

by × 02 May 2013 ×