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 …

Blog / Europe

Inequality, Radicalisation and the Threat of Returning Jihadists

Tours rally in support of the victims of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting. Source: Kévin Couette via Wikimedia Commons.

The attacks on the Charlie Hebdo’s offices on 7 January 2015 brought light onto issues and challenges facing contemporary European societies. Even though the main themes to the attacks were the underlying value of freedom of …

If only it were that easy...
Blog / International Development

Vive la Revolution? Think Again

If only it were that easy .Photo Source: mookiefl via Flickr Creative Commons.

There is something naïve about rejoicing at a revolution. Whether across the Arab world or in Ukraine, the fall of decadent regimes is met with euphoria. Euphoria and a tendency to forget that revolutions are often successions of failures, occasionally yielding something …

Africa / Blog

High price, low benefit: Middle East and Africa as French image-making tools

Rebels in Central African Republic – hdtpcar via Wikimedia Commons


CAR, Mali, Syria, two years earlier — Libya; France became initiator of the military operation in Libya, actively providing ”Arab Spring” rebels with weapons and specialists, recognizing members of revolutionary committees as official representatives of Libya and Syria, sent troops to Mali to establish peace …

Blog / Europe

Anglo-French Ties Remain Strong and Increasingly Necessary

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The recent French Defence White Paper signals a further continuation of deepening Anglo-French ties. As budget constraints squeeze defence spending there was concern amongst British officials that French capabilities would be significantly reduced, hindering not only French, but British foreign policy and the ability for France to uphold major aspects of the Lancaster …