War Studies

Review Essay | Right to Mourn: Trauma, Empathy, and Korean War Memorials by Suhi Choi

In the post-World War era, an increasing number of western democracies have sought to achieve legitimacy by acknowledging the violence tainting their historic pasts. These admissions have resulted in the creation of reconcilliation commissions, courts prosecuting war criminals, restitution to the victims of conflict, and the construction of memorials. Here, Akshita Mathur reviews Suhi Choi’s ‘Right to Mourn’ – […]

September 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Yezidis: Melodies of Mourning and Remembrance

In this article Kasia Micklem explores the revival of musical traditions among Yezidi communities in refugee camps in Iraq and argues that through music the ostracised populace is able to preserve its history, identity and heritage despite systematic attacks by the so-called Islamic State to erase the non-Muslim ‘other’.

The Yezidis are a Kurdish-speaking religious minority that first emerged as […]

September 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Hafez al-Assad’s Legacy and the Syrian Civil War

In 2010 the Arab Spring and subsequent armed rebellions destabilised authoritarian regimes in the Middle-East and North Africa, causing the downfall of many long-standing dictators and oligarchs. Although Syria was engulfed by the movement and the Civil War that followed, unlike his counterparts, President Bashar al-Assad survived the onslaught and has since regained control of most of the nation. […]

August 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

Troubled Waters: Old Threats in the East China Sea

In recent years, tensions in the South China Sea have dominated security concerns in the Pacific. In this piece, Tenny Kristiana discusses threats in the East China Sea that have slowly but surely been developing in the shadow of its southern counterpart. With close proximity to Mainland China, North and South Korea and Taiwan, Okinawa’s strategic importance has only […]

“Bombies”: Legacies of the Secret War in Laos

Laos experienced some of the worst bombings of the Cold War era, and yet this legacy of violence often goes unrecognised in the international realm. In this article, Juliette O’Connor, explores this period of Laotian history and examines the trauma of unexploded ordnances that are still terrorising the nation today.


10 years of US air surveillance missions and bombings between […]

February 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|2 Comments|

The Second-Last Sunday Every September: Remembering South Africa’s Fallen Soldiers

In this article, LSE PhD student Rishika Yadav elaborates on her experience at a memorial service for the Cape Corps, which she attended while on a trip to South Africa, and contemplates on the space of non-White soldiers in First and Second World War remembrance ceremonies.


As Remembrance Sunday has drawn to a close, I reflect on my own experience […]

November 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

A brief history of chemical warfare: from Sparta to Syria

William King gives a historical overview of chemical warfare. 

The assassination of Kim Jong-nam with VX on 13 February and the recurrent use of Sarin against civilians in the Syrian conflict have thrust chemical warfare agents back in the international spotlight. What are these agents, and where did they originally come from? How does their recent use fit within the […]

April 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

Broadening the concept of the Holocaust

In this post for LSE International History, Dr Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz provides an “untold” story of the history of the Holocaust and Nazi concentration camps, one based on the personal experiences of his grandfather at the diverse and “very last Nazi Concentration Camp of Stutthof.” Dr Dunin-Wąsowicz argues for a broadened and nuanced approach to the concept of the Holocaust.

Three weeks ago, […]