Opinion

Dismantling Patriarchal Structures in Disarmament and Security

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For decades, women have fought the hierarchy that characterizes patriarchy, which is maintained by obedient norms and structures. While obedience has been challenged in more or less overt ways, resistance to the patriarchal structure of society has been underway for a long time.

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Disarmament that Saves Lives

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Disarmament that Saves Lives Dan Plesch Director, SCRAP Weapons, CISD SOAS Opportunities and Challenges drawn from the Panel Discussion, “Building on the Secretary General’s Disarmament…

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Reflections on US involvement in the Saudi-Yemen War: America and the ATT

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Even when broken down into statistics, the humanitarian toll is sobering. With 10,000 civilians dead, 22 million in need of aid, 8 million subjected to famine, and 1 million infected with cholera, the results of the disastrous Yemen war speak of a conflict that has been handled well outside the bounds of acceptable conduct.

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Future Weapons Technology: Why the Analogy of Nuclear Cannot be Applied to Cyberspace, and How to Respond to New Logic

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Comparisons are often made between the regulation of cyber and nuclear weapons. This analogy, however, is severely limited – particularly in relation to disarmament – and fails to reflect the unique dynamics of each. This short discussion will briefly examine the different logics of nuclear and cyber-deterrence (in cases of state-versus-state use).

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Interview with SCRAP Alumnus David Franco

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Former SCRAP Project Manager David Franco shares his experience with the project. Franco is a alumnus of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS University of London and, former SCRAP Project Co-ordinator from 2011 to 2012. Interview by: Alexandra MacAulay Abdelwahab

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki : The Legacy of Nuclear Weapons and Disarmament

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It’s been 73 years this week since the United States detonated atomic bombs over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during the final stages of World War II. The bombings happened on the mornings of 6th and 9th August, 1945 respectively. Today, they remain the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

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Nuclear disarmament is crucial for global security – it shouldn’t have to wait

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A network of global institutions were created in 1945 to try and avert another global conflict. They have been gradually undermined over the last 20 years, and now we see them being trashed wholesale. The world leaders responsible are perhaps best described by General Jack D. Ripper in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove: “They have neither the time nor inclination for strategic thought.”

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The Summit Strategy We Really Need

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Fear of war looms in the background of the latest round of presidential meetings. At a time when Stanley Kubrick’s General Jack D. Ripper in Dr. Strangelove seems an apt description for the behaviour of world leaders…

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Prospects for Arms Control in North-East Asia

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The world is currently inching towards a precipice. North Korea’s nuclear ambitions have put Asian security in a precarious position and it risks dragging in other world powers that also have a stake in the region, such as the United States. This state of affairs bears an uncanny resemblance to the Security Dilemma…

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