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Nature Of Conflict In The 21st Century: War, power, rules

•Strategic studies is often narrowly interpreted as the study of military power. While that is its fulcrum, it is not its totality. Economic wherewithal is an essential precursor to sustainable defence spending, technological prowess powers innovation and disruption, a defence-industrial base is necessary to produce weapons of sophisticated engineering at scale

War or peace? Understanding the grey zone

John Raine Much has been made of hybrid or 'grey zone' conflict between states in recent years. However, as John Raine argues, the ever widening list of actions viewed as belligerent only increases the likelihood of escalation. The long and costly clean up after the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal and the

Somalia: Al-shabaab declares war on IS militants

Al-Shabab militants in Somalia have announced a military offensive against Islamic State-affiliated forces in Somalia. A statement read Friday by al-Shabab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage on Radio Andalus said the offensive, code named Disease Eradication, is aimed at getting rid of IS-related militants in Somalia. "A so-called Islamic State has emerged

Python Dance III: A Declaration Of War Against The East – Igbo Group

Godsgift Onyedinefu The Igbo Ekunie Initiative has strongly condemned the launch of Python dance 3 in the Southeast by the Nigerian army describing it as an act of aggression, discrimination, double standards and a declaration of war against the people of the East by the Muhammadu Buhari administration. The group also alleged

Anticipating Putin’s next war

Radosław Sikorski Editor's note: Radek Sikorski was Poland’s defense minister from 2005 to 2007 and foreign minister from 2007 to 2014. What keeps you awake at night if you are the foreign minister of one of America’s vulnerable allies, as I was? That Russian President Vladimir Putin will do to you what

Prepare for war: Putin tells Russian Defense Companies

By Damien Sharkov The Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded that his country’s biggest enterprises must show that they can step up arms production and important services on short notice to be war-ready. “The economic ability to increase the production of defense products and services quickly is a vital element of military security,”

Questions Arise On China’s Plans As N. Korea War Talk Rises

Securing North Korea’s missile launchers and nuclear, chemical and biological weapons sites would likely be a chief priority for China in the event of a major crisis involving its communist neighbor, analysts say, although Beijing so far is keeping mum on any plans. Despite China’s official silence, its People’s Liberation Army

Assad victorious in Syria war, Israel defence minister claims

Israel's defence minister has said Syria's six-year war is coming to an end and one victor has clearly emerged - Bashar al-Assad. Controversial Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli news site Walla! that the regime was clearly victorious over the rebels, in a war that has cost half-a-million lives. "Assad has emerged victorious in the battle. Suddenly,

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