Africa / Blog

Britain Must Heed Chilcot’s Lessons for Remote Warfare

The Chilcot Report may have been written with a focus on the conventional methods of war used in Iraq; however, the government must heed its warnings as the UK becomes ever more reliant on covert, remote means of warfare.

The Chilcot Report marked a landmark moment in addressing the problems with UK military strategy during 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.  

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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 …

Protestors march in opposition to the Free Trade Agreement, b.wu via Flickr creative commons
Americas / Americas

The Colombian Free Trade Agreement: Exposing the Facade

Protestors march in opposition to the Free Trade Agreement, b.wu via Flickr creative commons

Colombia is a country on the rise. Lauded by the West as an example of how a country can overcome internal strife and civil conflicts by embracing neo-liberalism and free-trade capitalism, welcoming multi-national corporations, collaborating with the US against drug gangs, …

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Americas / Asia

The Emerging New World Order

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The rise of China is undoubtedly one of the most interesting, worrying and widely discussed topics in Foreign Affairs, and it will likely be the most important international relations story of the twenty-first century. Thus, in this article I will aim to give the reader a better understanding about the narrative that is out there about …

Protesters denouncing the acts of the Charlie Hebdo attackers (Flickr Creative Commons)
Europe / International Law

Western and Islamic laws are not so different

The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the attack on the French publishing house Charlie Hebdo a few weeks ago have added “credence” to the already present belief that Islam is an inherently violent religion. In light of this, I will compare Western laws of war, also known as international …

Operation Cold Response is a military exercise held in Northern Norway and involves numerous NATO members
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Blog / International Law

The United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea – A Paper Aegis?

 

Operation Cold Response is a military exercise held in Northern Norway and involves numerous NATO members Photo Source: Media Bundeswehr via Flickr Creative Commons

Last month Ghana applied for its maritime border dispute with the Ivory Coast to be arbitrated by UNCLOS – an issue complicated by the presence of the adjacent Tweneboa, Enyenra and …