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Fear or Facts: the Case for ISDS in Modern Trade Agreements South Kordofan: Sudan Tensions Rise in the South China Sea Angola on the Brink After Oil Price Slump Compulsory Drug Treatment in Southeast Asia South Korea Must Find Its Own Way in The Clash of Titans Tory Claims on Legitimacy of Scottish Votes Threatens Union Anew The overlooked story of Syria After Authoritarianism: State Development and National Identity in the Middle East Was ISIS Inevitable? Taking a Russian Nuclear Threat on the Chin Why Israel Is Losing the Public Relations War
 

Fear or Facts: the Case for ISDS in Modern Trade Agreements

At the stakeholder briefing during the ninth round of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), U.S. chief negotiator Dan Mullaney quipped that everyone was discussing Investor to State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) systems except the negotiators. The latter have not discussed the issue since January 2014, when the European Commission launched a public consultation, […]

South Kordofan: Sudan’s Hidden Ethnic Cleansing

Since 2011, South Kordofan, a Sudanese region situated on the border between South Sudan and Sudan, has been a battlefield between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). The latter is a political party and military organization, claiming to be “a Sudanese national movement that seeks to change the policies of the […]

Tensions Rise in the South China Sea

Tensions in the South China Sea were raised once again on the 21st of May when a U.S. P8-A Poseidon surveillance plane was identified by Chinese early warning radar gathering reconnaissance above the Spratly archipelago. The crew of the P8 were warned at least eight times to abort their flight over the contested waters, yet […]

Angola on the Brink After Oil Price Slump

Emerging from a nearly three decade long civil war that began at the time of the country’s independence from Portugal and which did not end until 2002, Angola experienced an oil production boom in the years that followed. With the discovery of massive amounts of oil at several deep water fields south of the Congo […]

Compulsory Drug Treatment in Southeast Asia – Neither Ethical Nor Effective.

ASEAN foreign ministers signed the Joint Declaration for a Drug-Free ASEAN on the 25th of July 1998, committing association members to eradicate illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse by 2015. The strategy, founded on the specious belief that taking a sufficiently ‘tough’ stance on the drug trade would result in its demise, has been shown to be as […]

South Korea Must Find Its Own Way in The Clash of Titans

‘When whales fight, the shrimp’s back is broken.’ The South Korean government has long viewed itself in terms of this proverb when it comes to its relations with the People’s Republic of China and the United States. The two great powers, in their battle for influence over the Asia-Pacific region, often require that South Korea […]

Tory Claims on Legitimacy of Scottish Votes Threatens Union Anew

The Conservative party has this week been briefing about the possibility of a Labour government supported by the SNP leading to a constitutional crisis. However, this crisis may be largely of their own making. Polls currently suggest that the Conservatives will be the largest party in Westminster, both in terms of vote share and seats, […]

The overlooked story of Syria’s Yarmouk death camp

A brave 12-year-old girl named Zeynab Daghastani recently attempted to escape the grim living conditions of a besieged Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. Starving and bone-tired, she did not make it very far before being shot and killed by an ISIS sniper. Welcome to Yarmouk. On April 1st, a group of ISIS’s mask-wearing jihadists swept through the […]

After Authoritarianism: State Development and National Identity in the Middle East

The Arab Uprisings have resulted in an increase in the expression of both sectarian and trans-state identities, making the process of reunification and the prospects for a peaceful coexistence somewhat dependent on the new leaderships’ ability to unite, make amends and, possibly for the first time in the region, craft a territorial nationalism that complements rather […]

Was ISIS Inevitable?

ISIS’ exploits dominate headlines, horrifying witnesses around the world. As a history graduate who specialised in researching the rise of Islam, its culture, and its creation of a complex and inspiring civilisation, the recent destruction of millennia old artefacts have almost reduced me to tears. As we now watch and condemn the destruction of priceless […]

Taking a Russian Nuclear Threat on the Chin

In light of wider Danish strategic priorities, Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard’s restrained reaction to Russia’s decision to target Danish military frigates with nuclear weapons was understandable. In a recent op-ed piece for the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, the Russian ambassador to Denmark, Mikhail Vanin, wrote that Danish warships would “become targets for Russian nuclear missiles” should […]

Why Israel Is Losing the Public Relations War

Almost everybody thinks badly of Israel. That’s what a poll published by the BBC World Service in 2014 shows. More precisely, Israel ranks as the fourth most negatively viewed nation, right after North Korea, Pakistan and Iran. What explains the differences between European and American views on Israel, and how does such an overall negative […]

Fear or Facts: the Case for ISDS in Modern Trade Agreements

by Leif Johan Eliasson, 07 June 2015

At the stakeholder briefing during the ninth round of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), U.S. chief negotiator Dan Mullaney quipped that everyone was discussing Investor to State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) systems except the negotiators. The latter have not discussed the issue since January 2014, when the European Commission launched a public consultation, […]

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South Kordofan: Sudan’s Hidden Ethnic Cleansing

by Raluca Besliu, 06 June 2015

Since 2011, South Kordofan, a Sudanese region situated on the border between South Sudan and Sudan, has been a battlefield between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). The latter is a political party and military organization, claiming to be “a Sudanese national movement that seeks to change the policies of the […]

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Posted in Africa, Conflict, Food Security, Refugees, Security Issues, World0 Comments

Tensions Rise in the South China Sea

by Nick Watts, 31 May 2015

Tensions in the South China Sea were raised once again on the 21st of May when a U.S. P8-A Poseidon surveillance plane was identified by Chinese early warning radar gathering reconnaissance above the Spratly archipelago. The crew of the P8 were warned at least eight times to abort their flight over the contested waters, yet […]

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Posted in Asia, China, Security Issues, US, World0 Comments

Angola on the Brink After Oil Price Slump

by Itziar Aguirre, 13 May 2015

Emerging from a nearly three decade long civil war that began at the time of the country’s independence from Portugal and which did not end until 2002, Angola experienced an oil production boom in the years that followed. With the discovery of massive amounts of oil at several deep water fields south of the Congo […]

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Posted in Africa, China, Global Economy, World0 Comments

Compulsory Drug Treatment in Southeast Asia – Neither Ethical Nor Effective.

by Nick Watts, 02 May 2015

ASEAN foreign ministers signed the Joint Declaration for a Drug-Free ASEAN on the 25th of July 1998, committing association members to eradicate illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse by 2015. The strategy, founded on the specious belief that taking a sufficiently ‘tough’ stance on the drug trade would result in its demise, has been shown to be as […]

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Posted in Asia, Drugs, UN, World0 Comments

South Korea Must Find Its Own Way in The Clash of Titans

by Ji Min Kim, 02 May 2015

‘When whales fight, the shrimp’s back is broken.’ The South Korean government has long viewed itself in terms of this proverb when it comes to its relations with the People’s Republic of China and the United States. The two great powers, in their battle for influence over the Asia-Pacific region, often require that South Korea […]

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Tory Claims on Legitimacy of Scottish Votes Threatens Union Anew

by Daniel Shaw, 02 May 2015

The Conservative party has this week been briefing about the possibility of a Labour government supported by the SNP leading to a constitutional crisis. However, this crisis may be largely of their own making. Polls currently suggest that the Conservatives will be the largest party in Westminster, both in terms of vote share and seats, […]

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Posted in UK News, World0 Comments

After Authoritarianism: State Development and National Identity in the Middle East

by Quinn Coffey, 18 April 2015

The Arab Uprisings have resulted in an increase in the expression of both sectarian and trans-state identities, making the process of reunification and the prospects for a peaceful coexistence somewhat dependent on the new leaderships’ ability to unite, make amends and, possibly for the first time in the region, craft a territorial nationalism that complements rather […]

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Posted in Conflict, Iraq, Islam, Middle East, Syria, Terrorism, World0 Comments

From Havana, With Love

by Dylan Heyden, 05 April 2015

“Hello, happy holidays!” In mid-March? Strolling down the cobble stone streets that skirt the Plaza of the Cathedral and the Plaza de Armas, this phrase is ubiquitous. As any visitor of Old Havana can attest, Cubans often hurl this at passing tourists irrespective of the season. To U.S. citizens, the moment may falsely present itself […]

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The overlooked story of Syria’s Yarmouk death camp

by Robert Souza, 20 April 2015

A brave 12-year-old girl named Zeynab Daghastani recently attempted to escape the grim living conditions of a besieged Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. Starving and bone-tired, she did not make it very far before being shot and killed by an ISIS sniper. Welcome to Yarmouk. On April 1st, a group of ISIS’s mask-wearing jihadists swept through the […]

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Posted in Conflict, Humanitarian Intervention, Israeli Palestinian Conflict, Middle East, Political Security, Refugees, Security Issues, Syria, Terrorism, UN, US, World0 Comments

Was ISIS Inevitable?

by Kanar Talabani, 04 April 2015

ISIS’ exploits dominate headlines, horrifying witnesses around the world. As a history graduate who specialised in researching the rise of Islam, its culture, and its creation of a complex and inspiring civilisation, the recent destruction of millennia old artefacts have almost reduced me to tears. As we now watch and condemn the destruction of priceless […]

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Posted in Conflict, Humanitarian Intervention, Iraq, Islam, Middle East, Political Security, Refugees, Religion, Security Issues, Syria, Terrorism, World0 Comments

Taking a Russian Nuclear Threat on the Chin

by Alexander M. Pearson, 01 April 2015

In light of wider Danish strategic priorities, Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard’s restrained reaction to Russia’s decision to target Danish military frigates with nuclear weapons was understandable. In a recent op-ed piece for the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, the Russian ambassador to Denmark, Mikhail Vanin, wrote that Danish warships would “become targets for Russian nuclear missiles” should […]

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Posted in Conflict, Europe, Russia, Security Issues, World0 Comments

Why Israel Is Losing the Public Relations War

by Deganit Perez, 28 March 2015

Almost everybody thinks badly of Israel. That’s what a poll published by the BBC World Service in 2014 shows. More precisely, Israel ranks as the fourth most negatively viewed nation, right after North Korea, Pakistan and Iran. What explains the differences between European and American views on Israel, and how does such an overall negative […]

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Posted in Conflict, Economics, Israel, Israeli Palestinian Conflict, Middle East, Political Security, Security Issues, World0 Comments

Is Iran Headed For Another Recession?

by Itziar Aguirre, 28 March 2015

Garnering over 50 percent of the vote, Hassan Rouhani assumed a decisive victory on June 2013 and became Iran’s new president after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s eight year long reign. Vowing to pull the country out of its sanction filled, depressed economy, he won the elections by a landslide. Less than three months ago, during a December […]

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Posted in Economic Security, Economics, Global Economy, Iran, Middle East, Security Issues, World0 Comments

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