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8 June 2020 – Combating Insecurity in Mali

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Our latest In Depth Briefing is by Dr Susanna Wing (author of 'Constructing Democracy in Africa: Mali in Transition') which explores the background of...

4 June 2020 – Russia, Religion and Soft Power

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Executive Summary It is unlikely that Russia has ever understood soft power as it was originally conceptualised by Joseph Nye, but it was when Vladimir...

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...