West Asia, North Africa and Afghanistan 

The Brewing Conflict of the Blue Nile: Egyptian/Ethiopian Conflict of Water Resource Control

by Luke Hally Water rights and conflict are now an ever common undertone contributory pairing of contemporary disputes. This is certainly the case for regions that are at the forefront of water access and resource scarcity. Out of all these regions, the most pressing development of this scarcity can be analysed within the African continent. The most daunting of these conflicts on an interstate level revolves around the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which will directly impact the water rights of Sudan and Egypt. These Upper Nile nations…

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Asia & Oceania Europe West Asia, North Africa and Afghanistan 

The Ethical Quagmire of Proxy Militia in Contemporary Security Governance

by Luke Hally International engagements in interstate warfare have altered the amalgamation and structure of conventional military decorum and competency overlap of achieving state aims. This change has become further entrenched in security doctrine within an overt structure of security governance. Proxy militia utilisation has remained a staple of conflict since antiquity yet is frequently scrutinised for its effectiveness in achieving security aims and adhering to similar ethical scrutiny of core state armed force units.  Particularly when it comes to internationally recognised conventions that govern the rules of engagements and…

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Asia & Oceania Europe 

The Beautiful Game: Understanding Conflict Through the Lens of Sport History

by Luke Hally Understanding conflict contributors in contemporary security modelling requires a broad yet interconnected understanding of variables that influence catalysts of violence. In order to develop effective means of mitigating conflict or conflict outbursts, these variables of influence should be assessed with full fruition regardless of their obscurity or seemingly marginal importance. Oftentimes overlooked contributors form invaluable tools for creating a modular and curated engagement approach within particular conflict contexts. Within this article, a case study approach of assessing violence in sports history will offer yet another unique perspective…

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