Conventional arms control is impotent as an instrument of peace

Conventional arms control is impotent as an instrument of peace

Arms control regimes fail when they are needed most. When international tensions run high, governments tend to listen to military advice. This undermines the prospect and stability of arms control.

Armies should be self-aware when using historical lessons

Armies should be self-aware when using historical lessons

Military strategy is often informed by lessons from the past. Which lessons armies pick up and use, however, depends on organizational filters. Due to organizational layering, armies may collect contradictory lessons leading to incoherent policy.

Preventing Nuclear Disaster in South Asia: The role of the United States

Preventing Nuclear Disaster in South Asia: The role of the United States

The current trends in the South Asian nuclear rivalry are likely to make the US crisis management role more challenging in any future crisis iterations, with no guarantee of success, but it is crucial that the US remain engaged and try to prevent escalation.

Something Must Be Done, But What? On Humanitarian Interventions

Something Must Be Done, But What? On Humanitarian Interventions

When confronted by shocking images of gross human rights violations, massacres and massive flows of refugees, many people may shout: ‘something must be done!’ Unfortunately, such tragic images are, on a daily basis, coming out of Syria and northern Iraq…

The precarious China-Russia partnership erodes security in East Asia

The precarious China-Russia partnership erodes security in East Asia

The real progress in building partnership is far weaker than Moscow and Beijing try to demonstrate, but this is worrisome news for their East Asian neighbors.

Rising Bipolarity in the South China Sea

Rising Bipolarity in the South China Sea

Despite soft-balancing by the United States and its pivot to Asia, China is likely to continue its expansionist policies in the South China Sea.

Prepare for the Coming Multi-Order World

Prepare for the Coming Multi-Order World

The international system is changing. Observers have expressed that ‘the world is spinning out of control’ and that we appear to be returning to a multipolar system. Rather what appears on the horizon is a completely different international system: one of different international orders.

Un(wo)manned Aerial Vehicles: How UAVs Influence Masculinity In The Conflict Arena

Un(wo)manned Aerial Vehicles: How UAVs Influence Masculinity In The Conflict Arena

As a result of the introduction of drones (or UAVs), there have been numerous studies on the moral and ethical uses of an asymmetrical warfare, a war where one side is vastly superior to the other. However, not much research…

Defense Industries in Asia and the Technonationalist Impulse

Defense Industries in Asia and the Technonationalist Impulse

Nation-states around the world have many reasons to produce armaments. Traditionally, the strongest motivation has been classically realist and security-oriented: the need to provide for a secure source of military materiel necessary to deter threats and to defend one’s national…

Selling Schelling Short: Reputations and American Coercive Diplomacy after Syria

Selling Schelling Short: Reputations and American Coercive Diplomacy after Syria

Do reputations matter in international politics? This fundamental question figured prominently in debates regarding the appropriate American response to Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Syria in August 2013, in which 1,400 civilians were killed. Having previously issued a…