Eva Svoboda of the Overseas Development Institute
Blog / International Development

Interview: ODI’s Eva Svoboda on Aid and Islamic State

Eva Svoboda of the Overseas Development Institute

Eva Svoboda, Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Policy Group of the Overseas Development Institute spoke to Future Foreign Policy’s Daniel Rey on questions arising from her IRIN/HPG Crisis Briefing Paper, ‘Aid and the Islamic State’, co-authored with Louise Redvers.

Daniel Rey: Eva, your recent paper analyses the gap in …

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Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Tunisia : Congratulations, but on what?

 

Man Waving the Tunisian Flag – Nasser Nouri via Wikimedia Commons

Tunisia’s recent successful legislative and presidential elections 2014 have raised questions about why Tunisia has succeeded in establishing democracy, while Egypt could not.

Fareed Zakaria’s “Why democracy took root in Tunisia and not Egypt” answer was that “Tunisia was just lucky” because the Ennahda party were perceived …

Sea King helicopter picks up troops east of Basrah International Airport, Iraq. John Shardlow, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Blog / Middle East and North Africa

British visions of Iraq: An historical perspective

Sea King helicopter picks up troops east of Basrah International Airport, Iraq. Photo Source: John Shardlow via Flickr Creative Commons.

As British troops prepare to re-enter Iraq, there is tangible unease. What happened to David Cameron’s promise of no more boots on the ground?

Thus far, British military intervention has succeeded neither in liberating nor democratising. …

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Blog / International Law

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 …

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Blog / Europe

Turkey and the EU: The Required Change

Turkey and EU Flags – via European Ideas

In notions of East and West, Turkey is often viewed as straddling the divide between the two, the tagline of the ‘gateway between Asia and Europe’ is regularly applied to its most eminent city Istanbul, but it has become apparent a drawbridge to this gateway has risen …

Assad's policy of urbicide is leaving Syria's cities, towns and villages battling for survival. Photo source: H.usa via Flickr Creative Commons
Blog / International Security

Beyond Kobanî

Assad’s policy of urbicide is leaving Syria’s cities, towns and villages battling for survival. Photo source: H.usa via Flickr Creative Commons

Sitting at a dining room table in London, my colleague and I sat watching footage from the Syrian-Turkish border. Thanks to the Telegraph, which aired live footage of the border region near the Kurdish …

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Blog / International Security

The End of Imperial History?

The European empires in 1914; Andrew0921 via Wikimedia Commons

World War II dealt a death-blow to the European colonial system, and the break-up of the former Soviet Union in 1991 completed the decolonisation of global politics. As the world gets progressively less Euro-centric, some of these lines are now beginning to vanish entirely. 2014 has …

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Blog / International Security

Learning from the Past: How NATO can remain relevant in the 21st Century

Secretary Kerry joins President Obama to meet with Ukrainian President Poroshenko before the NATO Summit in Wales – September 2014  Source: U.S Department of State via Wikimedia Commons

 

In September 2014, leaders and ministers from 60 countries gathered in Wales, for the 2014 Northern Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Summit to address issues that were seen …