Few Against Many, Protest in Egypt - Via Wikimedia.org
Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Crackdown on Egypt’s Civil Society

Few Against Many , Protest in Egypt – Al Jazeera via Wikimedia.org

The Egyptian government suppressing civil society organizations (CSO’s) is nothing new. Ever since such organizations arose in Egypt, the authorities have used multiple intimidation methods to restrain their work and efficiency, on issues stretching from economic justice to women’s participation to human rights. …

A Landsgemeinde, or assembly, of the Canton of Glarus, on 7 May 2006, Switzerland by Adrian Sulc viaWikimedia Commons
Blog / Europe

Should the UK be like Switzerland?

A Landsgemeinde, or assembly, of the Canton of Glarus, on 7 May 2006, Switzerland by Adrian Sulc via Wikimedia Commons

When we look at the British political system, British citizens would believe that we have one of the best systems. To an extent this may be true, however how much more can we as individuals do to …

Hillary Clinton speaking in Chicago, IL in 2006 - via WikiCommons
Americas / Blog

A New US Foreign Policy? Hillary Clinton and the White House in 2016

Hillary Clinton speaking in Chicago, IL in 2006 – via WikiCommons

On 12 April 2015 Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her much-awaited candidacy for President of the United States in the 2016 upcoming elections. “Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion” she claimed on Twitter and simultaneously launched her campaign website the …

RAF Typoon Aircraft in the Middle East
Blog / International Security

East of Suez: Redux?

RAF Typhoon aircraft in the Middle East, Ministry of Defence via Wikimedia Commons.

In April 2013, RUSI (Royal United Services Institute) released a report detailing the outcome of a busy 2012 for the coalition government in the Gulf. It reported that David Cameron had agreed to a ‘Joint Defence Partnership’ with the UAE on the …

Blog / International Security

Do Drone Pilots Really Find It Easier To Kill?

Predator UAV taking off, Cpl Scott Robertson/MOD via Wikimedia Commons

In Creech Air Force, Nevada, pilots sit in dimly lit cargo containers and fly drones. Via sophisticated video cameras attached to the underbody of the drone, pilots can watch over large areas of territory, identify potential insurgents, and kill them with hellfire missiles.

Distance in war …

Photo: Kevin Gordan (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Blog / Europe

UK Election 2015: A Summary of Foreign and Defence Policy

Photo: Kevin Gordan (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Although issues such as safeguarding the National Health Service (NHS) and the economy have dominated the current election campaign in Britain, each of the main political parties policies on Foreign Affairs and Defence are worthy of examination before 7th May. As the rise of Islamic State in the Middle …

Trans Adriatic Gas  Pipeline  Map, Genti77 via        Wikicommons
Blog / Environment & Energy

The changing landscape for Energy in Europe

Trans Adriatic Gas Pipeline Map, Genti77 via Wikicommons

During the last months major changes have been taking place in the sector of energy security strategy in the European continent. While the EU has adopted a framework for its energy strategy until 2030, quickly changing international developments have created a sense of urgency to act. Various …

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A map of Ukraine, highlighting the Kharkiv Oblast and the City of Kharkiv.
Blog / Russia and Eurasia

Understanding Kharkiv, Ukraine

A map of Ukraine, highlighting the Kharkiv Oblast and the City of Kharkiv – via Wikimedia Commons

Kharkiv*, Ukraine’s second largest city, is located in the eastern part of the country, only 25 miles from the Russian border. Although Kharkiv has had less of a presence in international headlines than Donetsk and Kiev, it has …

Industrial city, Donetsk
Blog / Environment & Energy

Assessing the environmental impact of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine

Industrial city Donetsk, Vladimir Yaitskiy via Flickr 

The conflict in Eastern Ukraine reached a tentative ceasefire at the second Minsk agreements in February of this year, and yet shelling and military activity continue in Donbass and the eastern part of the country. Coverage of the conflict highlights the strange interplay between cultural and linguistic claims …

Stand by sugar cane farmers thumbnail
Americas / Blog

Fair Trade, Free Trade and contradictory politics of the UK and EU

From the Fairtrade Foundation Campaign `Pushed into Poverty: Stand by Sugar Cane Farmers`

The UK election approaches and the focus on domestic issues dominate discussions in the media. In manifestos and debates the parties have been preoccupied with defence and security. On global economic development there is a general commitment to maintaining 0.7 percent of …