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Blog / Russia and Eurasia

Russia’s Relationship with NGO’s


Image Source: “Moscow 05-2012 Kremlin 22″ by A.Savin. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

In July 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into effect the (now) infamous ‘Foreign Agent Law.’  In short, the law mandates that non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) who receive international funding register with the Russian government as foreign agents and complete regular …

Blog / Europe

The Internet in a Conflict Zone: Grass roots Peacebuilding across Ukraine

European Commission DG ECHO, Ukraine: Survival on the frontline, Flickr

Coverage of the Ukraine crisis focuses predominantly on geopolitics, conflict, and macro level diplomacy. While this is integral for understanding the conflict in an academic, strategic, theoretical and informing sense, a micro level focus is lacking. Indeed, local peacebuilding is often overlooked, and struggles to get …

Blog / International Security

Finding Balance: The role of cyberspace in Russian ‘hybrid warfare’

Putin’s “Little Green Men” at the Perevalne military base.

During the period of decolonisation in the twentieth century, the global security community developed a binary system for analysing the conflicts taking place around the world both between and within nations. Wars were either high intensity and conventional or low intensity and unconventional. Conventional warfare …

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Blog / Europe

Gender Equality in the Czech Republic: the EU and its ‘Fancy Coat’

To what extent has the EU been effective in promoting gender equality in the Czech Republic, since its accession in 2004?

The extent to which the EU has fulfilled its pledge to spread and promote gender equality within its member states during the 2004 enlargement process is debatable. The case of the Czech Republic, a state that slipped …

Blog / Research

Denying Russia’s involvement in Ukraine to the bitter end [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The conflict in Ukraine is proving to be a long and draining one. It is a hard sight to stomach for the international community, but nowhere near as hard as it is for those in Ukraine, Luhansk and Donetsk. Despite the efforts to solve the crisis, …

Confluent / Millennial Terrorism

Western Pushes and Extremist Pulls

Photo Credit: Snapp3r


In our last post, we discussed the need for policy-makers to better understand the root causes of youth radicalisation as well as formulate an effective counter-narrative to it. This post will focus on some of these root causes, which we have organised into two broad categories: Western “Pushes” and Extremist “Pulls.” It …

Blog / International Development

Ending Poverty as SDG 1

Sustainable Development Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. Via SDGs Proposal


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the agenda around which all UN members are expected to frame their activities and policies until 2030. The intergovernmental negotiations on the proposed agenda were first …

HMS Queen leaving Malta
Blog / Europe

Towards the Militarization of the Mediterranean Sea

HMS Queen, Flagship of Vice Admiral Sir Edward Rich Owen, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean fleet, leaving Malta. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A series of events in the broader region surrounding the Mediterranean basin are suggesting towards an unprecedented increase in military presence. The old adage of the Mediterranean Sea being Our Sea (Mare Nostrum) is …