Members of the 89th Airlift Squadron train on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense techniques October 4, 2014 – US Air Force via Flickr
Blog / International Security

Nuclearisation of the Middle East?

Members of the 89th Airlift Squadron train on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense techniques October 4, 2014 – US Air Force via Flickr

Recent developments suggest that the Middle East may be becoming increasingly “nuclearised”. Considering the region’s volatility, this is something that the international community has feared for some time. The extent of …

Blog / Europe

The Future of Britain in the European Union

European Union Colours. Photo source: tristam sparks via Flickr Creative Commons.

In 2009, the European Union adopted its most important treaty in recent European history: the Lisbon Treaty. After eight waves of enlargements spread all through six decades, the European project had to evolve as it now represented more than 450 million people, dispersed throughout …

Asia / Blog

The Plight of the Rohingya: The World’s ‘Most Persecuted Minority’

Displaced Rohingya in Rakhine state, via Wikimedia Commons.

Myanmar’s Rohingya are one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, yet their suffering has long been ignored in Southeast Asia.  An estimated 1.3 million Rohingya, who are mostly Muslim, live in the Northwest state of Rakhine, one of Myanmar’s poorest areas – tens of thousands are trapped …

African children, ludi via Wikimedia commons
Africa / Blog

Africa: Its distorted image in the West

African children, ludi via Wikimedia commons

Many people tend to associate Africa either with images of war, conflict and poverty or with a beautiful landscape and an exotic wildlife. The part that lies between these two angles seems mainly to be forgotten: namely the ordinary life. As a result, it gives rise to the impression …

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Blog / Russia and Eurasia

Russia’s Relationship with NGO’s


Image Source: “Moscow 05-2012 Kremlin 22″ by A.Savin. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

In July 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into effect the (now) infamous ‘Foreign Agent Law.’  In short, the law mandates that non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) who receive international funding register with the Russian government as foreign agents and complete regular …

Blog / Europe

The Internet in a Conflict Zone: Grass roots Peacebuilding across Ukraine

European Commission DG ECHO, Ukraine: Survival on the frontline, Flickr

Coverage of the Ukraine crisis focuses predominantly on geopolitics, conflict, and macro level diplomacy. While this is integral for understanding the conflict in an academic, strategic, theoretical and informing sense, a micro level focus is lacking. Indeed, local peacebuilding is often overlooked, and struggles to get …

US Embassy Fascade-Adam Jones
Blog / International Development

Are US Sanctions Reinforcing the Government in Tehran?

A young women strolls past US Embassy Facade in Tehran – Adam Jones via Wikimedia Commons

Despite being one of the most sanctioned countries in the world, Iran still stands firm on their nuclear program. One simple conclusion from this is that economic sanctions don’t work as intended. In fact the constant economic pressures placed …

Blog / International Security

Finding Balance: The role of cyberspace in Russian ‘hybrid warfare’

Putin’s “Little Green Men” at the Perevalne military base.

During the period of decolonisation in the twentieth century, the global security community developed a binary system for analysing the conflicts taking place around the world both between and within nations. Wars were either high intensity and conventional or low intensity and unconventional. Conventional warfare …

Private contractors being used in Afghanistan. Available on Wikipedia:
Blog / International Security

Nations Under Contract: Outsourcing Defence and Security

Private contractors used in Afghanistan. Available on Wikipedia.

Economists define defence and security outsourcing as the delegation to a private contractor of a service, a function or an activity that was previously realised within the government (J. M. Oudot, French Defence Ministry, 2013). With the recent sentencing of four Blackwater US security guards for the …