Category Archives: Russia

Oh No, Not More Bombing in Syria?

The reality is that bombing Syria will not prevent disgruntled political actors living in Europe from engaging in lone wolf or even coordinated violent politics as acts of revenge for what they perceive as unjustifiable attacks on their homeland by foreign forces. In other words it does not make Britain and British citizens more secure it might in fact make them more insecure. If this is true Cameron’s principle argument for deeper British military engagement fails. Continue reading

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Honouring the Dead to end all War : Remembering the start of World War 1

Honouring the Dead to end all War Kevin P Clements Monday the 4th August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One. This year many people throughout New Zealand will observe this moment at 5.45 pm … Continue reading

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Moral Claim – Immoral Practice: Britain and the Arms Trade

Moral Claim-Immoral Practice: Britain and the Arms Trade Kevin. P Clements NCPACS, The University of Otago. Those of us livingĀ  in the Commonwealth like to sustain the illusion that our foreign and defence policies are moral and principled. We like … Continue reading

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Violence and Nonviolence in the 21st century

Violence and Nonviolence in the 21st Century Kevin P Clements National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies University of Otago.   We are constantly being told that the world overall is getting more peaceful. Stephen Pinker ( The Better Angels … Continue reading

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