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The myth of Sisyphus and the security burden of the Middle East

by Partha Gangopadhyay

Despite research showing that military spending does not prevent wars, world military spending has been stable at roughly three per cent of global GDP since 1990.

Weighing the benefits of military versus civilian research in the European Union

by Michael Brzoska

The EU's attempt to fight the economic crisis by shifting research money to the defence sector is highly questionable.

What happens when the traffic light never turns green?

by Olaf de Groot, by Neil Ferguson

The 'traffic light' approach to measuring national security threats is flawed, but it is still used in Europe.

Neighbours: A blessing or a curse?

by Jurgen Brauer

In June 2013, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) reported that by the end of 2012 an estimated 45.2 million people worldwide lived ‘in situations of displacement’, making refugees the 30th largest country in the world by

More trouble on the high seas: the real story behind Captain Phillips

by Anja Shortland

Are Somali pirates 'victims' of their circumstances?

Is an arms race just a race to the bottom?

by Partha Gangopadhyay

The arms race to the bottom—when states willingly arm themselves even when evidence suggests they should disarm—has begun to shape states' military spending.

New tensions unleashed by Colombia’s peace process

by Ana María Ibáñez Londoño

Peace talks between the Colombian Government and Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), the oldest guerilla group in the country, have sparked so-called 'peasant movements' across

Studying Somalia’s war economy from outer space

by Anja Shortland

Looking at light output in satellite images of Somalia tells the story of the country's economic collapse, the migration of middle classes and fluctuating refugee camps.

The disturbing rationality of violence against civilians

by Charles H. Anderton

What can the attack at Deerfield, Massachusetts against English civilians in 1704 teach us about 'rational choice' in conflicts?

200 years of landlessness? Land inequality and the search for peace in Colombia

by Thomas Edward Flores

Land inequality has long been at the heart of rural conflict in Colombia and it is unclear if the recent agreement on the 'radical transformation of rural Colombia