Are Negotiations with al Qaeda or the Islamic State Possible?

Flawed assumptions have prevented theorizing about negotiations with al Qaeda and the Islamic State.  It is time to consider whether dialogue may be possible.Read more

The Cost of Intelligence Sharing and the Value of Transparency

When it comes to transparency over the costs of the UK’s intelligence support to partners in conflict, there is still a lot to be done when it comes to ensuring that there can be effective scrutiny and government accountability for these actions.Read more

The True Cost of Drone Warfare?

At a time when the defence sector is under increasing pressure to demonstrate value for money, the ambiguity surrounding the true costs of the UK's drone programme is troubling.Read more

The True Cost of Special Forces?

In an era where defence is under increasing pressure to demonstrate value for money, the continuing opacity of special forces budgets restricts any meaningful analysis of this assumption.Read more

The True Cost of Defence Engagement?

At a time when defence is under extreme pressure to show value for money, much of Defence Engagement remains shrouded in secrecy.Read more

Remote Warfare: Cost-Effective Warfighting?

Remote warfare is often presented as a lower risk, lower cost alternative to the large-scale deployment of British combat troops. However, there is little information in the public domain about how much this approach is actually costing the UK.Read more

The War Powers Convention: An Interview with James Strong

British foreign policy expert James Strong discusses the history and evolution of the War Powers Convention and how this concept applies to the UK’s use of remote warfare.Read more

In Their Own Words: Religiosity and the Islamic State Foreign Fighters

Many studies on the motivations of Islamic State foreign fighters emphasise the role of low socio-economic prospects. But interviews with fighters suggest greater attention should be given to the role of religiosity.Read more

UN and AU Peace Operations in Somalia

The Somali peacekeeping experience, which spans over two decades, provides a good example of the evolving roles of the AU and the UN in responding to conflicts and crises in Africa.Read more