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 …

Protestors march in opposition to the Free Trade Agreement, b.wu via Flickr creative commons
Americas / Americas

The Colombian Free Trade Agreement: Exposing the Facade

Protestors march in opposition to the Free Trade Agreement, b.wu via Flickr creative commons

Colombia is a country on the rise. Lauded by the West as an example of how a country can overcome internal strife and civil conflicts by embracing neo-liberalism and free-trade capitalism, welcoming multi-national corporations, collaborating with the US against drug gangs, …

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Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Gulf Monarchies and the Arab Spring: The Reasons Behind Their Survival

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members before meeting via Wikimedia Commons

Mohammed Bouazizi – the Tunisian fruit vendor, famously known for his act of self-immolation due to severe living conditions he was encountering, along with the majority living there. His action outside the governor’s office triggered not only …

Special relationship under strain? Pete Souza/The White House via Wikimedia Commons
Asia / Blog

Britain and the AIIB: Is the US right to criticise?

Special relationship under strain? Pete Souza/The White House via Wikimedia Commons

On the 12th March 2015 Britain announced, to the surprise of many, that it would become a founding member of China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). It was a move that has exposed cracks in the so-called ‘special relationship’ between the US and the UK, …

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Blog / International Development

Britain’s Obsession with the Vulnerability of Children

A child in the Democratic Republic of Congo by Julien Harnels

Many scholars have noted a rising obsession with the vulnerability of children in the Western world. For example, Drake Baer claimed parents are now “helicopters” who rush round ferrying their children from place to place. There is a new belief in today’s society that …

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Blog / Europe

Security after the Kiev Summit 27/04: Cooperation, Ukraine, and the European Union

Ukraine – EU via Wikimedia Commons

In February of this year Russian Leader Putin, Ukrainian leader Poroshenko, Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande work to reach the second ‘Minsk Agreement’, which represents an attempt to freeze the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. It’s most notable points called for an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the …

Religion has been an active part of the crisis since Euromaidan
Blog / Europe

Game of Patriarchates: Can religion bring peace to Ukraine

Religion during Euromaidan, Jim Forest via Flickr

On April 15th, 2014, the acting president Olexander Turchynov announced the beginning of an “anti-terrorist operation” in eastern Ukraine. A year has gone by and the conflict in eastern Ukraine continues to rage on, displacing thousands from their homes and bringing devastation to Ukraine’s industrial sites and urban centers. …

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Asia / Blog

India’s Foreign Policy Overdrive

President Obama with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington – US Government via Flickr

It has been a year since a new government headed by Narendra Modi assumed office in New Delhi. Political pundits believe India has since done better at managing its external affairs than its internal affairs.  Foreign policy has figured prominently as a focus area …