Ukraine


Japan Scrambles Jets To Head Off Russian Bombers

Russia is turning its attention to its eastern borders. For instance, the United Press International reported that on 12 April 2017 the Japanese Air Self Defence Force scrambled multiple fighter jets to intercept the approach of three Russian aircraft’s in Japanese airspace. Russia deployed two Tupolev TU-95MS bombers down the […]


UN Secretary-General: ‘Peace Without Mine Action Is Incomplete Peace’

April 4th marks International Mine Awareness Day and Assistance for Action, which recognizes the physical and psychological dangers of living in an area where mines remain a deadly risk. “Peace without mine action is incomplete peace,” said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in a statement yesterday. “No one should have to […]


Information, Propaganda, And Conflict In The Digital Age

When one thinks about the use of the internet in international conflict, one invariably thinks of cyberwar: the use of computer viruses and malware to disrupt and even destroy national critical infrastructure in order to cripple a state in preparation for a more conventional, physical attack. However, missing from much of the […]


The Retreat Of International Law

Despite the discussions of rule-based systems in governing maritime security, recent events seem to point to the erosion of influence of international law and supranational organizations. Instead, a resurgence of states in international affairs appears to be more than likely as global integration recedes and nationalists reassert themselves in national […]


Eastern Ukrainian Rebels Issue Ultimatum As Coal Blockade Continues

On Monday, separatists in Eastern Ukraine issued an ultimatum to the Ukrainian government. The Russian-backed organization warned that if the rail blockade against rebel-held territories continues, they will seize Ukraine-run businesses in the rebel-held cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. The blockade went into effect a month ago and has halted the […]


Establishing Digital Peace: Combatting Cyberwarfare

Cyberwarfare is one of the major issues threatening world peace. Whilst we often think about warfare in terms of on the ground fighting capabilities, cyberwarfare also has real-world consequences and can directly affect civilians in their day-to-day lives. Cyberwarfare is defined by RAND (a technology research organization) as involving “the […]


“War Is Not An Option” And Yet It Is Ukraine’s Current Reality

Over the weekend, Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement to the UN Security Council (UNSC) accusing Russia of “yet again (having) violated Ukraine’s state sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Supporting the statement are observations made by the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine, that heavy weapons fighting in eastern […]