Blog / International Security

The changing reality of resource-based conflicts

By Paul Farley [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Conflicts are not a new phenomenon, and people have been fighting each other since the inception of humanity. The only thing that has changed are the size of respective forces, available technology, and the reasons for the conflict. There has never been a shortage of reasons, …

David Cameron and Angela Merkel have begun negotiations.
Blog / Europe

Where will it end: United States of Europe or United Europe of States?

World Economic Forum – Sebastian Derungs via Flickr

A far-left Greek Government is drastically pressing the European Union (EU) for economic reform, the United Kingdom is set to hold a referendum on whether its entire future should be in the EU or out of the EU and Ukraine’s membership of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) …

Blog / International Law

Is EU Aid in Palestine a Violation of International Law?

Jerusalem – Cycling Man via Flickr


In March 2015 Israel demolished 200 EU aid funded shelters in East Jerusalem, predominantly housing those from the Bedouin community. These shelters are built as a result of one of many EU humanitarian aid projects, funded by member states, designed for the benefit of victims of natural disasters or …

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Blog / Europe

Gender Equality in the Czech Republic: the EU and its ‘Fancy Coat’

To what extent has the EU been effective in promoting gender equality in the Czech Republic, since its accession in 2004?

The extent to which the EU has fulfilled its pledge to spread and promote gender equality within its member states during the 2004 enlargement process is debatable. The case of the Czech Republic, a state that slipped …

Blog / Research

Denying Russia’s involvement in Ukraine to the bitter end

Kremlin.ru [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The conflict in Ukraine is proving to be a long and draining one. It is a hard sight to stomach for the international community, but nowhere near as hard as it is for those in Ukraine, Luhansk and Donetsk. Despite the efforts to solve the crisis, …

Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Building a more inclusive Iraq

“Iraqi voters inked fingers” – Jim Goodwin, via Wikimedia Commons

Contemporary Iraq embodies the consequences and legacies of the failures of the modern nation-building process in the Middle East, authoritarian patterns of governance, intervention, political miscalculations and misleading and often simplistic conceptualisations of Iraqi society. Over the past 12 years a new and unsustainable reality …

Blog / International Security

Pro-ISIS Salafist Palestinians and peace prospects in the region: Drawback or Incentive?

Stantheman87 via Wikimedia Commons

Nearly sixty decades of protracted fighting have turned the Israeli-Palestinian dispute into one of myths shaping societies, one whose contours have been sketched by passion and blackened by resolve. The conflict is today one of competing narratives, mutually exclusive and contrasting in every aspect but their anchored perception of a zero-sum …

Former UK Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond attempted to fomulate a strategy of cyber deterrence. Image: Ministry of Defence (OGL)
Blog / International Security

Taking Stock of Cyber Deterrence

Former UK Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond attempted to fomulate a strategy of cyber deterrence. Image: Ministry of Defence (OGL)

In September 2013, then UK Secretary of State for Defence Phillip Hammond issued a statement addressing certain aspects of the UK’s national cyber security strategy. The main announcement was the creation of the …

Blog / Environment & Energy

Looking ahead to the Paris 2015 Climate Change Conference: Are we doomed to have a repeat of Copenhagen?

World leaders talk during the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Pete Souza, via Wikimedia Commons

On the 30th of November 2015, Paris will host the UN Climate Change Conference, also referred to as the Twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21). After the Copenhagen Summit’s failure in 2009 to deliver a meaningful solution, …