Argentine election: the Kirchners’ Falklands policy has backfired spectacularly

Alasdair Pinkerton, Royal Holloway For the first time in 12 years, the new occupant of the Casa Rosada, the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, will no longer bear the surname Kirchner. This is the constitutionally mandated end of a political chapter that began with the election of Nestor Kirchner as president in 2003 – and…

‘Having enough patriotism’: Gibraltar, nuclear submarines and cultures of loyalty

HMS Superb sails by Gibraltar, May 1993 Source: http://atlanticsentinel.com/2013/08/britain-threatens-legal-action-over-gibraltar-as-warship-sets-sail/hms-superb-submarine/ For the last twelve months or so, there has been a flurry of press commentary and curt MOD statements regarding the future of Britain’s nuclear deterrent (and this has attracted a great deal of international observation as well), or more exactly where it might be housed in…

Bordering Strangeness Workshop: Using film to illuminate distance, strangeness and redemptive transgressions

Organised by Prof. Chris Rumford, Dr. Agnes Woolley and Elizabeth Alexander, PhD Researcher Royal Holloway University of London Sponsored by The Security and Sustainability Theme at Royal Holloway University of London   Sixteen academics, graduate students and practitioners from assorted disciplines gathered in London on April 2nd for ‘Bordering Strangeness’ – a highly interactive workshop on the use of film as…

Cementing a presence in the Spratlys

Earlier this year, numerous reports surfaced on China’s creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea through land reclamation of submerged reefs. Of particular concern, China was reported to be building an island at least 3,000m long on the Fiery Cross Reef which could be the site for its first airstrip in the Spratlys. The…

The Great Hedge of India

By Oliver Dixon. Ollie is a Durham graduate currently studying for an MSc in Geopolitics and Security. He studies issues of conflict analysis, terrorism, and defence policy. He reads widely on these and broader issues of security in both Sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia.  British colonial history tells many remarkable tales, none more so than…