Post Tagged with: "conflict"

BSG Students, Security and conflict

US soldiers in Mosul, Iraq (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kieran Cuddihy. Source: Wikimedia)

What should come after ISIS in Mosul?

The military campaign for the liberation of the Islamic State’s stronghold city of Mosul, the capital city of Nineveh province, has begun today. After twenty-eight months of controlling the second-largest city of Iraq, ISIS’s chapter in Iraq will be brought almost to an end. Yet as the most diversified and […]

by × 17 October 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Overcoming failure; restoring dignity

Overcoming failure; restoring dignity

Establishing progress towards economic and social prosperity – not just political change – is essential for Arab Countries in transition If a single word can summarize everything the young Arab protestors were trying to express during the Arab Spring, the word would be Dignity. Living with dignity was the manifestation […]

by × 03 December 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, Governance, cooperation and law

Russian tanks in South Ossetia (source: Yana Amelina, Wikimedia)

Is Russia just cooking up trouble – again?

As the Ukraine crisis continues and Russia maintains its hard line in the territorial dispute ignited over Crimea, it is worth reviewing a paper written over five years ago by one of the Blavatnik School’s academics. BSG Professor Monica Duffy Toft has spent her academic career researching issues of international […]

by × 03 April 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 ×