Palmarias of the Libyan Army destroyed by French air force near Benghazi, 19 March 2011. Photo: Bernd Brincken
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To Save R2P, the International System Must Save Itself

Palmarias of the Libyan Army destroyed by French air force near Benghazi, 19 March 2011. Photo: Bernd Brincken

At the end of a century of violence, the international community decisively intervened in East Timor in 1999 to prevent atrocities occurring at the hand of Indonesian militias. Conducting the first successful intervention after Rwanda and Srebrenica …

Brick Lane street sign in English and Bengali. Photo: James Cridland
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Britain Must Harness the Language Skills of Its Diasporas

Brick Lane street sign in English and Bengali. Photo: James Cridland

The UK has a palpable and worrying deficit of language skills. Our judgement of foreign language necessity appears to be clouded by the notion that ‘everyone speaks English’. A 2013 investigation by the Confederation of British Industry reported that just 2% of British companies …

Flagging support. Photo: Dave Kellam
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Here’s How You Should Vote in the EU Referendum

Flagging support. Photo: Dave Kellam

With the realisation that the 18-34 vote could swing the UK’s June 23 referendum on membership of the EU, there have been a lot of ham-handed attempts to recruit young voters to either side. Remain unveiled the widely mocked #Votein campaign and tried to harness the pure adrenaline of Ed …

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From Our Partner: Atlantic Community’s New Policy Workshop

We are proud to be partnering again with atlantic-community.org, this time for the ‘Shaping Our NATO’ competition. The competition gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to reflect on the most pressing issues facing NATO today and to shape the future of the Alliance. Five winners will receive a trip to Berlin to present the collective ideas to decision-makers.

This is …

Ruins of a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in northern Syria. Photo: Médecins Sans Frontières
Blog / International Law

Don’t Let Inaction in Syria and Afghanistan Undermine the Geneva Conventions

Ruins of a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in northern Syria. Photo: Médecins Sans Frontières

The international community’s continued inaction and blatant disregard for international humanitarian law (IHL) in Syria and Afghanistan risks pushing the laws into abstraction and undermining their ability to govern conflict.

Codified in the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Additional …

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How should Foreign Leaders approach contentious Political Issues in other countries? Two perspectives.

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Barack Obama recently intervened in the UK’s debate over membership of the EU, arguing in favour of Britain remaining a member. But in an increasingly globalised world, how should foreign leaders approach national questions such as this?

Proceed with caution: a balanced approach is key – Sam Fearnley

It …

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If the US Wants to Lead, It Must Pay the Price of Leadership

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Recently, Republican politicians like businessman Donald Trump and Senator Bob Corker have criticized the disparities in defence spending between the US and its allies. On the other side of the aisle, President Obama has voiced similar concerns. He has called on other nations to share the …

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Blog / International Law

The Paradox of Global Cities

Global cities are becoming a more important part of international politics, but do our leaders fully realise their implications?  While states still hold military power, global cities are starting to siphon off economic powers, calling into question not only competing economic interests between global cities and their host countries, but also issues of citizenship and identity.  

Global …