Blog / Europe

Nuclear Weapons Should Now Be Consigned to History

Trident Nuclear Submarine HMS Victorious, UK Ministry of Defence via Wikimedia Commons

Concorde delivered a technological and engineering advancement. Retired in 2003, due to high profile crash and expensive outmoded technology, Concorde provided a lesson that should be adhered to by another advancement of the twentieth century – Nuclear Weapons.

Britain’s nuclear weaponry revolves around the …

Photo via Flickr Marc Nozell / 14 April 2007
Americas / Blog

What would a Hillary Clinton administration look like for the Middle East?

Photo via Flickr Marc Nozell / 14 April 2007

When Hillary Clinton announced her entrance into the race for Obama’s successor in April this year critiques were quick to point to her age, gender and most significantly turbulent reputation as ex-secretary of state following the Arab Spring and Benghazi controversies. Conversely, her supporters herald Clinton …

Blog / Europe

Legal History and Surveillance in a Modernising World

Magna Carta, King John of England and Barons uploaded by Pia Carrot via Wikimedia Commons 


2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in Runnymede by King John of England. Although most of it has been repealed or amended, it introduced the Rule of Law, and this was the first major curtailment …

Local Justice and Reconciliation: Participation in mato oput ceremony in Acholi. Photo credit: Erin Baines/Justice and Reconciliation Project
Africa / Blog

Hunted for a decade for acts of ‘unimaginable brutality’: Dominic Ongwen’s trial by the ICC seems justified, but will it bring justice?


Justice through Reconciliation: Participation in mato oput ceremony in Acholi. Photo credit: Erin Baines/Justice and Reconciliation Project

LRA Commander Dominic Ongwen’s surrender in January was portrayed as a long awaited step towards ‘justice’. The Lord’s Resistance Army has terrorised vast swathes of the Great Lakes Region for over twenty years killing thousands, displacing millions and …

Blog / Environment & Energy

Gazprom’s 2015 Turning Point

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Gazprom, the Russian state oil and natural gas company, has once again come under intense scrutiny from the West. This time, the European Union is bringing antitrust charges against the oil and gas powerhouse.  The political relationship between Russia and the EU is already volatile at best; therefore, recent allegations against …

Blog / International Security

The Ascendency of Lone-Actor Terrorists: An Unsolvable Problem?

Aftermath of the 2007 Glasgow ramming attack, Colin Campbell, Via Flickr

Terrorist attacks planned and perpetrated by lone individuals have become an increasing problem within western societies over the last decade. Whilst large-scale terrorist organisations such as ISIS and Al Qaeda will continue to pose a security threat, governments and their intelligence agencies will need …

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Asia / Blog

Rebuilding the Silk Route

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Afghanistan’s President, Dr Ashraf Ghani visited India on April 28, 2015. It was his maiden visit to the country, and reasserted a sense of unity between both countries, and that both countries can build a future based on their past. For his part, the …

Blog / International Security

Who is ISIS really threatening?

ISIS Militant VOA via Wikimedia Commons


On June 10th 2014, Iraq’s second largest city Mosul, fell after merely four days in the hands of a barbaric and radical group: the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). With their cold-hearted beheading videos, the world witnessed the rise of a new evil the Middle East did …

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Blog / International Law

Silence across the border: Sabeen Mahmud’s Murder

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When Sabeen Mahmud was gunned down outside the office of an initiative she founded, grief swept across the border and its ripples were felt in many quarters that knew and cherished friendships with Sabeen. Her murder was not just an assault on her person and existence, but also on the …

German KFOR troops patrol southern Kosovo in the Summer of 1999, Nick Macdonald via Wikimedia Commons
Blog / Europe

EU/NATO intervention in Yugoslavia: Lessons learned?


German KFOR troops patrol southern Kosovo in the Summer of 1999, Nick Macdonald via Wikimedia Commons

The Yugoslav crisis of the nineties is considered Europe’s bloodiest conflict since WW2. The region still very much bears the consequences of the years of bloodshed which claimed thousands of lives, as the Balkan states still present severe social …