Ukraine


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 […]


Conflict Within The Ukraine: Can It Be Solved?

Tension and escalated fighting have once again risen on the outskirts of Donetsk. Separatist forces from the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic, backed by Russia and the Ukraine government blame each other for the surge in military fighting. Many inhabitants of this area have already fled to other parts […]


The Ongoing Ukrainian Struggle

The War in the Donbass region of Ukraine has continued unabated since 2014, yet few know or acknowledge the conflict as significant. Anti-government pro-Russian separatists,  supported by Russian troops and arms, have been fighting Ukrainian forces. When the Kremlin backed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in 2014, Russia responded […]


Ukraine Files Suit Against Russia

On January 16th, Ukraine began proceedings against Russia at the International Court of Justice in regards to Russia’s involvement in the current conflict between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in Crimea. The lawsuit is based on alleged violations of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism […]