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Blog / Environment & Energy

The EU And Energy Security

Major Russian Gas Pipelines – Sam Bailey via Wikimedia Commons

This year the crisis in Ukraine has threatened EU gas supplies and along with this the recent drop in oil prices has threatened member nations’ resolve to move away from fossil fuels towards more sustainable and self sufficient energies. The crisis in Ukraine has particularly …

SouthCaucasus
Blog / Europe

The geopolitical reality of the South Caucasus

The South Caucasus – the region of three very different countries, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia has always been on the outskirts of different empires throughout history – Sassanids, Byzantine, Arab Caliphate, Seljuks, Mongol empire, Turkman-led Safavids, Ottomans, Tsar Russia and finally the Soviets. The region has continuously shifted its attention …

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Blog / Europe

Why Do We Still Need NATO?

As the heads of NATO states gathered in Newport to review the organisations security priorities going forward, a wider question hung s in the air that is far more fundamental than the specific level of sanctions to impose on Russia. What is NATO for anymore? Is it a meaningful institution that really increases our security, …

South Caucasus
Blog / Europe

The Foreign Policy Strategies of the EU and Russia towards the South Caucasus: Reformism vs Conservativism

Map of Caucasus region prepared by the U.S. State Department, 1994 via University of Texas

In my previous contributions to Future Foreign Policy, I have already suggested that the European Union (EU) is in a geopolitical game in the Eastern neighbourhood, building its position against a strong geopolitical actor – Russia. To understand this …

Europe & Iraq
Europe / Middle East and North Africa

Europe in Iraq

Iraqi refugee children at Newroz camp. Photo Source: DFID via Flickr Creative Commons.

In 2003, the then American Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld lay a new curtain across Europe, when he labelled those willing to join the United States in their crusades across Iraq as the ‘New Europe’ and those who refrained as ‘Old Europe’.

Those …

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Blog / International Law

This ‘Right to be Forgotten’ is nothing yet

Photo Source: Wikieditor243 via Wikimedia Commons.

Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO, famously once estimated that the entirety of knowledge generated by man up till 2003 totalled no more than 5 exabytes; in 2016, annual internet traffic is expected to surpass the zettabyte (1,000 exabytes) level, as ever more devices in ever more places are added …

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Blog / Europe

Europe after the Elections: What’s Ahead?

Europe is changing its personnel, but it also has to change policies. Photo source: Europe Decides via Flickr.

Now that we have the results of the most anticipated European elections in recent memory, two developments dominate the news coverage. For one, the fact that right-wing parties across Europe have been able to realize the kind …

Heartland
Blog / Europe

Geopolitics and Ukraine

The map showing the Heartland area from Mackinder’s 1904 work ‘The Geographical Pivot of History’. Photo source: Halford J. Mackinder. Original uploader was Marc-king at nl.wikipedia via Wikimedia Commons.

Media coverage of the on-going Ukraine crisis regularly refers to geopolitics. Whilst the term is often misused as a synonym for geography, and the theoretical background …

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Americas / Blog

The Global Implications of US Internet Regulation

Symbolizing net neutrality. Photo source: Camilo Sanchez via Wikimedia Commons.

The United States has long been at the forefront of managing the Internet. Since this technology’s earliest days, US government regulation has created a competitive environment that inspires online innovation. In May, however, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved plans to seek controversial new rules for …

Referendum in Crimea
Blog / Russia and Eurasia

Sanctions against Russia will not work

Referendum in Crimea. Photo Source: Aclacko via Wikimedia Commons.

On 16 March Crimea voted on a referendum to decide whether they want to join the Russian Federation. The outcome is a foregone conclusion, as the majority of people living in Crimea are ethnically Russian and support Crimea’s secession from Ukraine. The United States and the …