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6 May 2020 – The Spanish Flu and the First World War: A Historical...

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The influenza pandemic, also known as the Spanish Flu, which hit the World the 1918 and lasted until 1920, was the deadliest outbreak of...

31 March 2020 – ‘The Corona Virus and its Strategic Consequences Based on Historical...

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The current pandemic presents us with problems for which solutions have to be found, both immediate and in the long run. Thinking about these...

30 March 2020 – ‘Post COVID-19: What’s on the Other Side?’

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History shows us that governments (and, indeed, militaries) have an excellent track record of preparing for the recurrence of the last crisis, but, perhaps,...
Issue19 CHACR GAP Briefing Secterianism in the Middle East

Sectarianism in the Middle East

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Sectarianism is frequently applied as a framework to understand developments across the Middle East, particularly in the ten-sions between Iran and Saudi Arabia that...

Iran’s Islamic Republic and its Conception of Victory

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This article is based on Dr Aelius Parchami’s presentation at the ‘Non-Western Views of Winning’ Study Day held at Robertson house on Monday 7th...

Shifting Great Power Positions in Syria

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The Turkish offensive against Kurdish-led administrations in northeast Syria resulted in Russia to emerge as the real power broker. Once the US was out...

Re-Thinking Deterrence

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Deterrence by punishment has served Western countries well. With the exception of a small number of cases, since the end of World War II...

Nuclear Arms Control in the Age of Twitter: Decoding Current US policies

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Only 18 months into his Presidency and nuclear arms control has become a defining feature of Donald Trump’s Administration. On May 8, 2018, he...

Russian ‘Active Measures’

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For many in America, Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election surfaced the term "active measures" for the first time. Europeans were more familiar...

Bosnia and Herzegovina: The ‘Dayton’ constitutional order under threat?

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The people of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) head to the polls on 7th October 2018 for what is shaping up to be the most...