The Folly of Bombing the Islamic State

“Bin Laden was very proud that he had only spent 500.000 dollars on the 9/11 attacks. The US in response to those attacks has probably spent 3 trillion dollars. So as a return… Continue reading

Bernard Haykel on Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State

“IS is a symptom of a deep feeling amongst Sunni Arabs of being disenfranchised. […] It is the same sentiment that led to the emergence of Al-Qaeda.” Professor Bernard Haykel of Princeton University’s Department… Continue reading

How Islamic is the Islamic State?

“To say that IS is outside of the interpretive parameters of Islam is factually incorrect. […] There is no question that these people are drawing inspiration from Islamic texts. And they know these… Continue reading

Mary Kaldor on Syria: time to intervene?

Is Syria a ‘New War’? And should there be a humanitarian intervention? Mary Kaldor (Professor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics) shares her vision. Kaldor: Is Syria a New War? Plea… Continue reading

Killer Robots: Effective Human Control?

“All member states agreed that any weapon system needs to have effective human control … the problem is that this is a very nebulous term.” In her interview with War and Peace Talk,… Continue reading

Heather Roff on the Responsibility to Protect

“Syria and Libya are just fundamentally different both operationally as well as politically,” Dr Heather Roff Perkins (Visiting Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver) answers in response to… Continue reading

Kant’s moral theory and International Law

“What we can learn from Kant’s moral theory, is that you can’t protect rights without a set of institutions.” In her interview with War and Peace Talk, Dr Heather Roff Perkins (Visiting Professor… Continue reading

“Al-Bashir belongs in handcuffs”

Sudan has begun to register for the elections that are scheduled in April, but it remains unsure whether President Omar Al-Bashir will indeed step down after his 25-year rule. In his interview with War and… Continue reading

Simon Adams on the merits of R2P, Syria and veto reform

“Our benchmark is international community failure. But I’d like to think that even though there are still mass atrocities in the world, we are certainly getting better at preventing them from happening. And when… Continue reading

Traditional Justice in South Kordofan

“Anyone who committed a crime in Darfur or elsewhere should be held accountable. Because we need justice, and no peace without justice.” Abdelgaleel Albasha Mohammed Ahmed discusses the traditional mechanisms that are used… Continue reading