War and Political Theory


By Brian Orend

I’m happy to blog here about my latest book, War and Political Theory. I was excited to be asked by Polity to be one of the very first titles in their new series: “…and Political Theory.” The possibilities are quite endless, and I get … Read More

Why Diplomats Need to Engage with Cyberspace

By Shaun Riordan

Clemenceau once said that war is too serious to be left to generals. By the same token, cyberspace is too serious to be left to technicians. Yet that is what we do. The point is made by the current furore about Huawei and 5G. The international standards … Read More

The Future of Intelligence

Intelligence – meaning collecting needed information, usually by secret methods and then analyzing thiscollection to determine its meaning – is both very well-known and very little understood. In the United States, at least, hardly a day goes by without some mention or discussion of intelligence in the media. So, at … Read More

Intelligence – meaning collecting needed information, usually by secret methods and then analyzing thiscollection to determine its meaning – is both very well-known and very little understood. In the United States, at least, hardly a day goes by without some mention or discussion of intelligence in the media. So, at … Read More

Measuring the success of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration

Demobilizing Irregular Forces came about nearly by accident. I had been considering a book on postconflict reconciliation practices when the opportunity to write specifically about the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) process arose. Since I work primarily with military officers, the thought of working on the area of stability operations … Read More

Probing the dark side of government

National security intelligence is a vast, complicated, and important topic, with both technical and humanistic dimensions – all made doubly hard to study and understand because of the thick veils of secrecy that surround every nation’s spy apparatus. Fortunately, from the point of view of democratic openness as well as … Read More