Articles by Chris Murray

Chris is a PhD student at King's College London, department of Defence Studies. He holds both a BA in Anthropology and an HBa in History from Lakehead University, as well as an MA in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He specializes in irregular conflicts, asymmetrical warfare, insurgency, revolution, guerrilla warfare, resistance movements, and rebel forces. His primary area of focus is the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, and the Balkans. Chris has served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, as well as an advisor and analyst to the office of a Member of Canada’s federal Parliament. cmurray@defencereport.com


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Book Watch: Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft

Review by Chris Murray 12 February 2017 – London, UK Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft By Lewis E. Lehrman; Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, 2017. GBP £19.95 ISBN-10: 0811718980 ISBN-13: 978-0811718981 The ‘Great and Noble Undertaking’ of the Second World War, the largest conflict in human history, confounds the mind. The sheer scale is almost…

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Book Watch: Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community

Review by Chris Murray 24 January 2017 – London, UK Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community By Max Bergholz; Cornell University Press, 2016. USD $35.00 ISBN-10: 1501704923 ISBN-13: 978-1501704925 The Second World War is often viewed in our collective conscious as a clearly demarcated event or period, which began with the…

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Book Watch: Charlie Foxtrot: Fixing Defence Procurement in Canada

Review by Chris Murray 9 January 2017 – London, UK Charlie Foxtrot: Fixing Defence Procurement in Canada By Kim Richard Nossal; Dundurn, 2016. CDN $19.99 ISBN-10: 1459736753 ISBN-13: 978-1459736757 It is no profound revelation that Canada has always been miserable at military procurement. With rare exceptions, successes have been defined as simply getting something done. That simple truth…

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Book Watch: All Behind You, Winston: Churchill’s Great Coalition 1940-45

Review by Chris Murray 30 November 2016 – London, UK All Behind You, Winston: Churchill’s Great Coalition 1940-45 By Roger Hermiston; Aurum Press, 2016. GBP £20.00 ISBN-10: 1781313318 ISBN-13: 978-1781313312 As the Nazis spread across Europe, with Hitler claiming each was his last demand, most had no stomach for war. There were, however, outliers who had for years…

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Book Watch: How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon

Review by Chris Murray 10 October 2016 – London, UK How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon By Rosa Brooks; Simon & Schuster, 2016. CAD 39.95 ISBN-10: 1476777861 ISBN-13: 978-1476777863 The boundaries between what is war and not war that have been established by international convention over the last 70 years are…

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Book Watch: Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threat from the Margins

Review by Chris Murray 26 July 2016, Kingston, CA Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threat from the Margins By Paul Rogers; I.B.Tauris, 2016. USD 29.95 ISBN-10: 1784534889 ISBN-13: 978-1784534882 The early 20th century witnessed an imperial war that consumed Europe and tore apart the world’s great powers. In the great halls, headquarters and staff colleges of Europe a fierce debate…

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What Happened in Turkey

25 July 2016, Kingston, CA by Chris Murray The world was caught surprised by the attempted coup in Turkey. While Turkey has had relatively frequent interaction with coups since the 1960’s the events of this past weekend were surprising for a number of reasons. Although probably found elsewhere a brief bit of history concerning the relationship between…

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