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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Africa / Blog

Why Economic Growth and Inequality and Poverty co-exist in Africa

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Following Jeffery Sach’s ‘the end of poverty and Bill Easterly’s ‘the white man’s burden’, Paul Collier presents another perspective on the causes of poverty and what can be done about it, in ‘the bottom billion’. In it Paul Collier breaks down the cause of poverty into four categories; conflict, natural …

Detainee at Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay, Martin H, via wikicommons
Blog / International Development

What is needed to close Guantánamo Bay?

 

Detainee at Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay, Martin H via wikicommons

The United Nations and other international organisations including the International Committee of the Red Cross have stated repeatedly that indefinite detention is illegal under international law; still it is the determined bitter fate of 33 men in the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay. The …