Influence or Strategy: Lessons from Iraq ahead of Mali

This article discusses how the Iraq War carries important lessons for the UK as it prepares to deploy its troops to Mali, particularly when it comes to prioritising influence above a strategy. Read more

Overseeing the UK’s Special Forces

If Britain is to be a “force for good”, there must be oversight of the UK’s Special Forces. Read more

The DFID-FCO Merger: Long-Term Thinking and the Role of Civil Society

On 16 June, the UK government announced a merger between DFID and the FCO. ORG offers its comments on this development, Read more

Time for External Oversight of Britain's Special Forces

Many of the most damning accusations against special forces were from their fellow soldiers and not from the external lawyers viewed with suspicion. Read more

UK General Election 2019: Time for a New Approach to Security Partnerships?

This general election is an opportunity for UK political parties to commit to a review of the UK’s approach to security partnerships to ensure that they are consistent with UK strategic objectives to reduce conflict and build peace abroad. Read more

Why Al-Shabaab’s attack on US drone base shouldn’t be ignored

The long-term impacts of western operations exacerbate the very radicalization and violence they claim to be trying to avoid. Read more

‘Stabilization’ and UN Peace Operations

The term 'stabilization' has been frequently used by the UN. But what exactly does the term mean in the UN context and does its use denote a shift in the practice of the UN? Read more

Children and Conflict: An Interview with Katrina Lee-Koo

Katrina Lee-Koo discusses how children both struggle within and shape conflict zones. Read more