The Editors


Nikolai A. Gourof
King's College London

       Nikolai is a doctoral researcher at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and a Fellow of the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War. His primary field of interest and expertise is military thought, culture and practice in the Renaissance and the early modern era. Geopolitically, he especially focuses on Habsburg Spain and its European adversaries, France, the Netherlands, and England. He is currently researching the nature of the interrelation between early modern military treatises and the strategic, operational and tactical practices of the era with the goal to re-assess and challenge the variety of pervasive and deeply-engrained assumptions which have shaped the historiography of early modern war and related modernisation theories.
      During recent years, Nikolai has also cultivated an interest in and expanded his knowledge of modern Russia, with a particular focus on late Imperial, White émigré and early Soviet military and strategic thought and its impact on contemporary Russian military thinking. Additionally, he is interested in the reception, projection and political use of history and military thought in countries with forms of methodological crises and a tradition of politicised history, like contemporary Russia and the peripheral countries of the former Soviet Union.
        Connected to the above are Nikolai's other research interests in the history and evolution of military tactics, military strategy and grand strategy, in the rise and fall of empires, in patterns of European expansion and extra-European resistance, in the structure and evolution of the modern state, and in the intellectual framework within which traditional ideological and behavioural themes survive and new trends and perceptions emerge and spread within Europe and beyond. The treatment of war and history in art, literature and cinema has been a lifelong fascination.
        Nikolai is the Managing Editor of Strife Journal, and the overall Reviews Editor of Strife.


Anna Plunkett
King's College London

       Anna is a doctoral researcher at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. She received her BA in Politics and Economics from the University of York, before receiving a scholarship to continue her studies at York with an MA in Post-War Recovery. She was the recipient of the Guido Galli Award for her MA dissertation. Her primary interests include conflict and democracy at the sub-national level, understanding how minor conflicts impact democratic realisation within quasi-post conflict states.
       Anna's main area of focus is Burma's ethnic borderlands and ongoing conflicts in the region. She has previously worked as a human rights researcher focusing on military impunity in Burma and has conducted work on evaluating Bosnia’s post-war recovery twenty years after the Dayton Peace Accords.
       Anna is the Coordinating Editor of, and second in command at Strife Journal.


Andrea Varsori
King's College London

      Andrea is a doctoral researcher at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. His research focuses on the strategy of urban armed groups in the Global South, with a particular focus on Rio de Janeiro, where he has spent three months in the summer of 2017 as a Visiting Fellow at the BRICS Policy Center. In Brazil, he has conducted extensive field research, including interviews with high-ranking police officials, and co-authored a paper on the impact of urban violence on the city. Given the predominance of organised crime in Rio and other large Southern cities, Andrea's research has expanded its focus to include criminal groups, and in particular on their decision-making processes and their methods of territorial control.
      Andrea holds a BA in International Studies and an MA in International and Diplomatic Sciences, both from the University of Bologna, where he was fully funded by the scholarship of the Institute of Advanced Studies. His other research interests include contemporary insurgencies, urban riots, and the interplay between evolutionary theory and political science.
      Andrea is currently Editor-in-Chief of Strife.


Kayla Goodson
King's College London

        Kayla is an MA candidate in International Peace & Security at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. She completed her undergraduate studies in Communications and French at Brigham Young University, U.S.A., during which time she served as a reporter and editor for The Daily Universe. Prior to King’s, Kayla worked on the communications team of The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Brussels and co-founded What She Knows, an e-newsletter created to empower women.
        Kayla is the Managing Editor of Strife Blog. You can follow her on Twitter @kay_goodson.


Eve Gleeson
King's College London

      Eve is an MA candidate in International Relations at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. She holds a BA in International Studies with a focus on conflict and security from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Her interest lies in security challenges in the evolving global context, including cyber threats, nuclear and biological programs, and security in new states.
       Eve is the Communications Manager of Strife. You can follow her on Twitter @evegleeson_.


Axel Dessein
King's College London

     Axel is a doctoral researcher at the Department of War Studies, King's College London. Having been awarded the Leverhulme Scholarship 'Interrogating Vision of a Post-Western World' in August 2018, his research focuses on the implications of China’s rise on the current world order. Axel is originally from Belgium, where he completed his BA and MA in Oriental Languages and Cultures at Ghent University.
       Axel is a Senior Editor at Strife. You can follow him on Twitter @AxelDessein.


Andreas Moeller
King's College London

     Andreas is a doctoral researcher at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He holds a BA in history from the University of Leeds and more recently an MPhil in modern European history from the University of Cambridge. Andreas's research focuses on war crimes and atrocities during the Bosnian war of the 1990s. He examines court transcripts and documents from the extensive archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at The Hague. His research interests broadly revolve around themes of mass violence in twentieth century history, the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, and how atrocities are prosecuted by international criminal law.
       Andreas is a Senior Editor at Strife.


John A. Pennell
King's College London

       John is a doctoral researcher in the Defence Studies Department (DSD) within the School of Security Studies at King's College London. His research focuses on asymmetric warfare as it relates to Russia's intervention in Ukraine. In addition to specific research interests in Ukraine, Russia, and other former Soviet states, his broader research interests include the role of soft power in conflict, strategic thought, unconventional warfare, and the Middle East.
       John is a Career Member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, currently serving in Kyiv, Ukraine. His prior assignments have included Afghanistan, El Salvador, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, and Uzbekistan. He holds a BA in Politics from The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), an MS in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University/National War College (Washington, DC), and an MA in Political Science from American University (Washington, DC).
       John is a Senior Editor at Strife. You can follow him on Twitter @jpennell1970.


Kamaldeep Singh Sandhu
King's College London

       Kamaldeep is a part-time doctoral researcher at the Defence Studies Department, King's College London. He is currently researching India’s defence diplomacy in the twenty first century. His other research interests include South Asian security and military culture. Kamaldeep is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Pune and of the Army War College, Mhow. He has served as an officer with the Indian army’s Parachute Regiment for ten years, before returning to academia and obtaining an MA in War in the Modern World at the Department of War Studies.
       Kamaldeep is a Senior Editor at Strife. You can follow him on Twitter @kamal_sandhu78


Daria Platonova
King's College London

       Daria is a doctoral researcher at the Russia Institute, King’s College London. Her research focuses on violence and the unfolding of conflict across several regions in eastern Ukraine, 2013 – 2014. She graduated with a degree in History from the University of Cambridge in 2011. Prior to joining King's, she worked as a teacher. Daria's broader interests include European history, war studies, and interinterdisciplinary research methodology.
       Daria is a Senior Editor at Strife.


Sawaani Raje
King's College London

       Saawani is a doctoral researcher at the King’s India Institute and a recipient of the King's India Scholarship. Her research is primarily a historical examination into civil-military decision-making during crises in independent India. After graduating from the University of Cambridge, she obtained an MA in South Asia and Global Security. She was previously a Research Associate at the Centre for Policy Research in Delhi, on the Oxford University Press Handbook on Indian Foreign Relations. While at King’s, she has been the Programme Manager for the FCO Diplomatic Academy South Asia Conference and has been teaching undergraduates at the Department of War Studies. Her wider research interests include diplomatic history, foreign policy, diplomacy and the study of contemporary conflicts.
       Sawaani is a Senior Editor at Strife. You can follow her on Twitter @saawaniraje.



The Strife Editoria Board would like to thank the members of our previous editorial teams for their valuable contribution over the years, and especially Dr Pablo de Orellana, Ms Tally de Orellana, Mr William Moray, Ms Alexandria Reid, Mr Harris Kuemmerle, Dr Joana Cook, Dr Thomas Colley, Dr Alister Wedderburn, Ms Zoha Waseem, Mr Charlie de Rivaz, Dr Laurie Benson, Mr Cheng Lai Ki, Ms Marike Woolard.

Strife would also like to thank for their continuous and unfaltering support Professor Michael Rainsborough, Professor Jack Spence, OBE, Professor Vivienne Jabri, Dr Alan James, Professor Joe Maiolo, and Professor Andrew Lambert.

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