Wounded civilians arrive at a hospital in Aleppo. Photo source: Voice of America News: Scott Bob reports from Aleppo, Syria via Wikimedia Commons
Blog / Europe

Syria: Are there any Options?

Wounded civilians arrive at a hospital in Aleppo. Photo source: Voice of America News: Scott Bob reports from Aleppo, Syria via Wikimedia Commons

It seems that not a day goes by without news of fresh tragedy in Syria. Reports have emerged that Islamic State may have been responsible for chemical weapons attacks, two years after …

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Blog / Europe

Trick or Threat? Terrorism in South Eastern Europe

The penetration of Islamic State in South Eastern Europe has been vastly exaggerated. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Terrorists perpetrate violence against innocent civilians aiming to achieve political goals. On balance, this politically motivated violence rarely brings the desired results to the individuals and/or groups exerting terrorist acts. This is so because national governments are reluctant to …

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Blog / Experts

Save Syria Out of Self-Interest

 

The map of “Areas of Influence” and “Areas Reportedly affected by the 21 August Chemical Attack” that was published by the White House on 30 August 2013 – via Wikimedia Commons

 

This past weekend marked two years since a chemical attack on the Syrian neighborhood of Ghouta overwhelmed our social media feeds with horrifying picturesof …

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Asia / Blog

The EU’s role as a partner for peace in Mindanao

Peace activists demand resumption of Peace – Morohistorywatch via Wikimedia Commons

The Mindanao Conflict is classified as a part of a group of distant forgotten conflicts hardly ever gaining coverage in Western media over the past decades. It is one of the oldest conflicts with its roots dating back to the early 16th century. The …

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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, …

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Blog / International Development

Are US Sanctions Reinforcing the Government in Tehran?

A young women strolls past US Embassy Facade in Tehran – Adam Jones via Wikimedia Commons

Despite being one of the most sanctioned countries in the world, Iran still stands firm on their nuclear program. One simple conclusion from this is that economic sanctions don’t work as intended. In fact the constant economic pressures placed …

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Blog / Research

Denying Russia’s involvement in Ukraine to the bitter end

Kremlin.ru [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, …