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Americas / Blog

The US and Cuba – A Big Win for Diplomacy

US and Cuban flags. Photo source: Day Donaldson via Flickr Creative Commons.

More than half a century had to pass before the US and Cuba reopened their respective embassies and started to work towards fostering amiable and cooperative relations. The diplomatic breakthrough was a result of both the political will of Barack Obama and Raul …

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Blog / International Development

Wartime sexual violence: a gender issue in terrorist clothing

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court speaking at closing plenary of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Photo Source: Foreign and Commonwealth Office via Flickr All Creative Commons.

“The body of a raped woman becomes a ceremonial battlefield; a parade ground for the victor’s trooping of the colors. The act that is played …

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Asia / Blog

An Appraisal of Australian Maritime Strategy: Part I

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin. Photo source: Kristopher Wilson via Wikipedia Commons.

Australia is often overlooked as an important contributor to East Asia’s economic and security developments in analyses regarding the region’s maritime environment. Though situated on the periphery, divided from the main areas of concern by the Indonesian archipelago, Australia has close ties, …

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Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Qatar 2019 and 2022: Human Trafficking in Disguise?

The Qatar 2022 logo. Photo Source: WIkimedia Commons.

The first internationally accepted definition of trafficking in human beings (THB) was introduced at the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, in the year 2000 in Palermo, Italy. Article 3 of the Protocol defines Human Trafficking as “the …

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Blog / International Development

Towards a Digitally Developed World

When countries talk of developing or pulling themselves out of economic stagnation the focus is generally on building infrastructure like airports, railroads, seaports and highways. It is easy to see why– these are visible symbols that are politically valuable and their creation stimulates jobs resulting in both long term and short-term economic gains. …

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Asia / Blog

The EU’s role as a partner for peace in Mindanao

Peace activists demand resumption of Peace – Morohistorywatch via Wikimedia Commons

The Mindanao Conflict is classified as a part of a group of distant forgotten conflicts hardly ever gaining coverage in Western media over the past decades. It is one of the oldest conflicts with its roots dating back to the early 16th century. The …

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Blog / Europe

Rainbow Marches and “Propaganda” Laws: Pride and Prejudice

Photo credit: Rupert Holland, Slaney Street. Retrieved from Networks23

On May 1 of this year, Russian LGBT human rights activists marched alongside their compatriots in St. Petersburg’s annual Labor Day parade. In a country famous for its draconian anti-LGBT legislation, agents of the Russian state—namely, the police—intervened on behalf of their LGBT nationals. When Vitaly …