Why September 11 and drones don’t tell the whole story about targeted killings

Why September 11 and drones don’t tell the whole story about targeted killings

To understand the proliferation of target killing as a new method of warfare, we have to look beyond events like 9/11 or the emergence of new technology.

How Human Rights Watch Tried to Suppress a Targeted Killing Norm

How Human Rights Watch Tried to Suppress a Targeted Killing Norm

The United States has been trying to build support for its case that its targeted killings should be considered legal. Human Rights Watch has been trying to resist this effort. This clash offers us deeper insights into how the global rules of the game are determined.

Caveats in coalition operations: Why do states restrict their military efforts?

Caveats in coalition operations: Why do states restrict their military efforts?

Caveats refer to the reservations states impose on how their forces can operate when assigned to a military coalition operation. Many argue that caveats have been a particular problem for unity of effort in multinational military coalition operations in the…

Israel and the Gulf States: Towards a Tacit Security Regime?

Israel and the Gulf States: Towards a Tacit Security Regime?

The nuclear threat posed by Iran has brought Israel and the Gulf States closer together. This nascent tacit security regime allows these countries to address the common threat while sidestepping the more intractable issue of Palestinian statehood.

Why China bothers about THAAD Missile Defense

Why China bothers about THAAD Missile Defense

The United States has announced that it will deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system to the Republic of Korea. China has objected as it fears encirclement. The United States should continue to engage with China via official and other channels to mitigate concerns and avoid misperceptions.

Donald Trump and Nuclear Cooperation: the Art of the Deal

Donald Trump and Nuclear Cooperation: the Art of the Deal

The election of Donald Trump raises questions about nuclear cooperation with allies in Europe and Asia. Reducing the role and prominence of U.S. nuclear weapons in its alliances, however, would remove a major avenue for U.S. influence.

Why democracies may support other democracies – but not autocracies – against rebellions

Why democracies may support other democracies – but not autocracies – against rebellions

Democratic peace theory has been extensively tested in cases of interstate war. It is important that we use these insights as well to better understand intervention in civil wars. Our research shows that it matters whether the regime fighting against rebels is a democracy or autocracy.

Indian Minimum Deterrence for South Asia's New Nuclear Environment

Indian Minimum Deterrence for South Asia’s New Nuclear Environment

Pakistan’s Nasr tactical nuclear missile platform is driving Indian debate on its current minimum deterrence doctrine. India’s minimum deterrence concept should indeed be reformulated. A new defense policy review should integrate nuclear, conventional and subconventional approaches for reasons of effectiveness and continued public support.

Explaining US Foreign Policy Towards Russian Interventions

Explaining US Foreign Policy Towards Russian Interventions

Variation in US responses towards Russian military interventions in Georgia and Ukraine can be understood through the lens of constructivism by highlighting the power and communality of norms.

The Failure of Institutional Binding in NATO-Russia Relations

The Failure of Institutional Binding in NATO-Russia Relations

NATO and Russia have failed to develop institutionalized relations that would bind each side to predictable patterns of behavior. Europe is now locked in a dangerous spiral of security competition. To avoid conflict in the future both sides need to find new ways to make binding work.