School children in Colombia
Blog / International Development

SDGs: Hunger, Health and Education

School children in Florida (Valle), in Colombia – Ministerio de Educación via Wikimedia Commons

As mentioned in the Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda released on June 1st, the SDGs and the targets have to be considered integrated and indivisible, global in nature …

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Blog / Middle East and North Africa

In the fog of Syria’s war: Hezbollah in transition

Hezbollah Flag. upyernoz via Flickr Creative Commons.

The conflict in Syria has been an embodiment of the notion that chaos in the region is empowering non-state actors. The Syrian conflict is also one in which the relevance of a conventional regional balance is being challenged and emphasis is being placed on state and non-state actors’ …

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Africa / Blog

International Relations dialogue and Sub-Saharan Africa: why the silence?

Education. Photo Source: Javier Corbo via Flickr Creative Commons.

A search on Google Scholar using the search term ‘Middle East’ returns 3.5 million results; ‘North Africa’ 2.9 million; ‘Europe’ 4.7 million. In contrast, a search for ‘Sub-Saharan Africa’ returns just 660,000, posing an important question for international relations scholars: why is there such …

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Blog / Europe

Establishing International Cyber Norms

U.S. Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command – Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Corey Lewis , U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons

“I repeat that spying among friends is not at all acceptable against anyone, and that goes for every citizen in Germany.”

Angela Merkel

A statement that has resonated with me since the …

U.S. Pacific Fleet in waters East of Okinawa (July 30, 2014) via Flickr Commons
Americas / Asia

The Geopolitics of the Oceans

U.S. Pacific Fleet in waters East of Okinawa (July 30, 2014) via Flickr Commons

The world’s oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth. They have been and still are an integral part of human history, our food chain and environment. Yet, most geopolitical discussions nowadays are focused on land based territorial disputes. This …

A high demand for smartphones in India - Nicolas Mirguet via Flickr Creative Commons
Asia / Blog

‘Make in India’ courts East Asia

A high demand for smartphones in India – Nicolas Mirguet via Flickr Creative Commons

Launched in 2014, ‘Make in India’ is a foreign policy initiative of Modi’s government in India. As its title suggests, the initiative is India’s biggest push to date to become a world-leading manufacturing centre.

Although most sectors are covered, from heavy industry to hospitality, …

Are President Erdoğan's hopes for an executive presidency over? Photo Source: Government of Chile via Wikimedia Commons
Blog / Europe

What next for Turkish foreign policy?

Are President Erdoğan’s hopes for an executive presidency over? Photo Source: Government of Chile via Wikimedia Commons

On the 7th of June, the people of Turkey stopped their President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in his tracks. The message was clear: we will not tolerate an all-powerful president. As Marina Petrova has outlined for Future Foreign Policy, …

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Blog / International Security

#NotABugSplat: Art as effective resistance to drone strikes in Pakistan?

The #NotABugSplat installation as seen from a drone. Reprinted with permission from #NotABugSplat.

In a previous article for Future Foreign Policy, I discussed the psychological impact of drone vision – the imagery relayed to the drone pilot via drone camera – and what features of it renders killing-by-drone simultaneously simple and complicated. One aspect considered, …