Blog / Europe

Schengen: the price of forgetting Europe’s foundation

The justice and home affairs council recently announced that it wished to amend the Schengen agreement in order to allow member states greater control of their borders. Add to this a seriously disgruntled European parliament and you know you are in trouble.

Americas / Blog

Regional Partnership in a G-Zero World

With the ever increasing amount of global governance needed to tackle issues from climate change to global trade, who can show leadership when there is no clear global superpower that alone has the weight to influence negotiations?

Africa / Blog

Obama’s Africa Strategy: A Review

In an election year dominated by the issue of the economy, it is perhaps unsurprising that the announcement of the Unites States’ most recent Africa Strategy came without much fanfare.

Blog / Europe

European Scapegoats

A historical tendency which seems obvious enough is the fact that hardships and xenophobia go hand-in-hand. Europe’s historical past has a special tinge to it which puts it aside from its American cousins and that is the continent’s imperial past.

Asia / Blog

Defining Democracy in South and Central Asia

Democracy is hailed among the highest of Western values; one that occupies our politicians’ speeches, their lawmaking and their foreign diplomacy. In South and Central Asian countries these convenient labels are applied as much as anywhere.