Gender and MDG's Infographic via United Nations Website
Blog / International Development

Gender Goals for International Law in 2015

Gender and MDG’s Infographic via United Nations Website

2015 marks the end of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG). 8 goals were determined at the end of the 2000 UN Summit where all member states pledged to try and achieve these goals by 2015. The third goal saw the international community commit to pursuing gender equality …

Blog / International Law

Ukraine in the Making

EuroMaidan in Kiev, 1 December 2013. Source: Ilya via Wikimedia Commons

A little over a year from the start of the protests in the Ukrainian capital’s Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti), the Ukraine crisis has not yet ended. The country is still torn between East and West in a fight against pro-Russian Rebel forces and, with …
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The Gaza Flotilla Incident: And the Verdict Is…

The Middle East – Cropbot via Wikimedia Commons

On 6th November 2014, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it would not further investigate the Gaza flotilla incident of 2010.

On 31st May 2010, the Free Gaza Movement attempted to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip by sending ships. The Israeli Navy boarded the …

Blog / Europe

The geopolitical reality of the South Caucasus

The South Caucasus – the region of three very different countries, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia has always been on the outskirts of different empires throughout history – Sassanids, Byzantine, Arab Caliphate, Seljuks, Mongol empire, Turkman-led Safavids, Ottomans, Tsar Russia and finally the Soviets. The region has continuously shifted its attention …

Operation Cold Response is a military exercise held in Northern Norway and involves numerous NATO members
Photo Source: Media Bundeswehr via Flickr Creative Commons
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The United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea – A Paper Aegis?


Operation Cold Response is a military exercise held in Northern Norway and involves numerous NATO members Photo Source: Media Bundeswehr via Flickr Creative Commons

Last month Ghana applied for its maritime border dispute with the Ivory Coast to be arbitrated by UNCLOS – an issue complicated by the presence of the adjacent Tweneboa, Enyenra and …

South Caucasus
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The Foreign Policy Strategies of the EU and Russia towards the South Caucasus: Reformism vs Conservativism

Map of Caucasus region prepared by the U.S. State Department, 1994 via University of Texas

In my previous contributions to Future Foreign Policy, I have already suggested that the European Union (EU) is in a geopolitical game in the Eastern neighbourhood, building its position against a strong geopolitical actor – Russia. To understand this …

Blog / International Law

This ‘Right to be Forgotten’ is nothing yet

Photo Source: Wikieditor243 via Wikimedia Commons.

Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO, famously once estimated that the entirety of knowledge generated by man up till 2003 totalled no more than 5 exabytes; in 2016, annual internet traffic is expected to surpass the zettabyte (1,000 exabytes) level, as ever more devices in ever more places are added …

Ukrainian National Flags
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Nation-State Sovereignty: Worth Protecting?

Ukrainian national flags still fly above the Crimea – but for how much longer? Photo source: Vladimir Yaitskiy via Flickr Creative Commons.

When addressing the crisis in Ukraine, a single phrase has come to dominate the discourse of the international community. From US President Barack Obama to the leaders of the European Union, the West’s leading policy-makers have …

Takver via Wikimedia Commons
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The Controversy of Economic Sanctions

Takver via Wikimedia Commons

Economic sanctions seem to be a very controversial issue. Quite often they are considered to be one of the best ways to coerce a country and violator of international norms and principles into abiding by the rules. The South African Republic might be a proof for this assumption. Here the policy …