About Strife

What is Strife?

Strife is a graduate student-led blog aimed at the academic community, from first year undergraduates to professors. Our thematic focus is ‘conflict’ in all shapes, forms and senses of the word. We combine history, literature, and philosophical approaches to politics (among other things) to create an interesting, informative and entertaining blog for our readers. Strife has also a peer-reviewed Journal attached to it.

The views expressed on the website are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Strife, or the institutions for which the authors are linked, unless explicitly stated.

Who Runs Strife?

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Joana is a PhD student at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. A former journalist, she has worked across Canada, the Middle East and Africa in both print and video. She is currently researching the role and agency of women in counter-terrorism in Yemen for her PhD. Her other academic interests revolve around women’s political participation; conflict, development, the role of media and natural resource development. She is also a researcher for the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.
Joana is currently Strife‘s Managing Editor.

Nikolai GourofN. GOUROF

Nikolai is a historian and a Doctoral researcher at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.  Formerly a lawyer and a corporate consultant, he has first-hand knowledge of contemporary Greece and Russia. It is the early modern world, however, that has stolen his heart. His current research focuses on the evolution of the culture and practice of war in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain. Additionally, he retains a strong interest in the history of sixteenth-century Russia, and its reception and projection in the post-Soviet world. The treatment of war and history in art, literature and cinema has been a lifelong fascination.
Nikolai is the Webmaster for the present site, Assistant Editor for the Strife journal and the Reviews Editor for both the journal and the blog.

Alister Wedderburn

Alister is a first year PhD student at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He is researching visual representations of warfare, focusing especially on comedic depictions of conflict such as cartoons and comics.
He is currently the Editor of Strife Journal.

Pablo de Orellana

Pablo de Orellana is a Doctoral researcher at the War Studies Department, King’s College London. His interests include diplomacy, critical theory, nationalism, part-taking in democracy and contemporary fine art.

Claire Gilbert

Claire is an MPhil/PhD student at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Her PhD research is exploring the combatant/non-combatant distinction and its interpretation in law and public discourse. Having grown up on military bases and joined the RAF Reserves during her undergraduate studies, she is particularly interested in how war affects the individual, and the relationship between Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law. Claire is Associate Editor for and the Secretary of Strife.

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Thomas is a PhD student at King’s College London. A former history teacher, his areas of interest include propaganda, strategic communication and their effects on public opinion. Having lived and worked in Uganda for two years, he also has a keen interest in East African politics and conflict. His doctoral research examines the use of strategic narratives in the War on Terror. Thomas is Associate Editor for Strife.

Marike Woolard

Marike is a second year BA International Politics student in the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London. Her main interests include Zimbabwe and debates surrounding the clash of civilisations. Marike is Associate Editor for Strife.


Strife would also like to thank for all their wonderful work the previous editorial commitee,  Laura Hamilton, Maura James, and David Grebe, as well as Pete Douglas, Andy Gawthorpe, Fred Robarts and Amelie Sundberg. We are also greatful to Dr. Christine Cheng, Professor Vivienne Jabri and Professor Mervyn Frost for their continuous support.