Extremism in the UK: PREVENT or Promote?

Extremism in the UK: PREVENT or Promote?

On the 13th May, David Cameron pledged to up the fight against radicalisation in the UK. His proposed measures, which had been blocked by the Liberal Democrats in the previous coalition government, will introduce banning orders for those using extremist and hateful language in public spaces. Bans would correspond to...
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Innocents of Nigeria

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Innocents of Nigeria

A little over a year since Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 school girls from Chibok in North West Nigeria, news of a success story against the Islamic extremist group has once again catapulted the nation into the international limelight. The Nigerian military’s rescue of 200 girls and 93 women from...
The New Popes

The New Popes

The role of the Pope is undoubtedly unique in world politics. No world leader can claim the same blend of political and spiritual leadership, nor the vast following worldwide. He commands no armies and directs few economic resources, but his power is real and considerable, not only among the world’s...
Destination Morocco? Morocco’s Attitudes on Immigration

Destination Morocco? Morocco’s Attitudes on Immigration

Morocco has been a popular stop on the migration road to Europe for decades, in part due to its proximity to continental Europe and its land borders with the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla, and the kingdom has continuously received large numbers of transiting sub-Saharan African migrants. Yet for...
Beijing’s Benevolence v. Betrayal: The Real Intentions Behind the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Beijing’s Benevolence v. Betrayal: The Real Intentions Behind the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

On his first-ever state visit to Pakistan, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced plans to fund the construction of an “economic corridor” between the two countries. Road, rail, and pipeline links will extend 3,000 km from the Pakistani port of Gwadar in the country’s southern province of Balochistan to China’s western...
Advance Australia Fair: Australia’s Place in the Southeast Asian Arms Race

Advance Australia Fair: Australia’s Place in the Southeast Asian Arms Race

Maritime security in Southeast Asia is a hot topic in international affairs. And there’s no shortage of maritime security issues to be addressed. An increasingly assertive China is enforcing its claimed seven-dash line in the South China Sea, despite competing claims to the area. As a result, many ASEAN states...
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COP21 Paris, What to Expect?

COP21 Paris, What to Expect?

Climate change, prompted by ever-increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere, is considered by many in the scientific community to be one of the most serious threats facing humanity in the twenty-first century. A mere 2 degree Celsius (3.6 degree Fahrenheit) increase in the average global temperature, according to climate scientists, would have...
Ocalan, ISIS, and the Future of the Kurds

Ocalan, ISIS, and the Future of the Kurds

It has been a busy year for the Kurds, to say the least. Recently, they have been in the Western spotlight due to their impressive and integral role in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS). The Kurds have held a 640-mile wide front against an enemy with superior arms and equipment. ISIS, which acquired...
The Changing Narrative of Hillary Clinton

The Changing Narrative of Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is without a shadow of a doubt the most qualified candidate for President of the United States of America. Yet, she is also one of the most ‘controversial’ candidates (or at least divisive) that America has ever seen. The vilification of Hillary in the media has been detailed by many, and pointed out...
Pragmatism vs. Ideology: An existentialist interpretation of the Americas Summit

Pragmatism vs. Ideology: An existentialist interpretation of the Americas Summit

One of the perhaps most ironic drinks in the world is the Cuba Libre: rum, lime juice and cola, one of the United States’ most iconic inventions, are mixed together to produce the perfect example of political satire. But the United States of America and Cuba have not always shared such great divides as humoured...
Unleashing the Great Cannon in Cyberspace

Unleashing the Great Cannon in Cyberspace

China’s ‘Great Firewall’ has long been recognised as a symbol for state censorship. Although China has taken perhaps the most extreme response to counteracting foreign Internet traffic, states around the world have adopted other increasingly sophisticated control mechanisms for the Internet. Controls have moved beyond simple denial of information by blocking access to content based...
Changing Attitudes Towards Internet Piracy, or How Game of Thrones Can Change the World

Changing Attitudes Towards Internet Piracy, or How Game of Thrones Can Change the World

The start of the month of April means different things to different people. Some choose to focus on April Fools’ Day. Others find solace in the oft-repeated truism that ‘April showers bring May flowers.’ However, still others look to April as the start of a new season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. This season’s premiere...
Corruption Scandals across Latin America Cause for Concern -- But Reactions Show Promise for the Future

Corruption Scandals across Latin America Cause for Concern — But Reactions Show Promise for the Future

Since early March, protests and rallies across Brazil have called for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. While Brazil’s stagnating economy and fiscal austerity are reason enough to cause such uproar, what has brought millions of citizens to the streets in over 150 cities within the past month is the scandal revolving around state-controlled oil...
Bangladesh’s Costly Transport Blockade

Bangladesh’s Costly Transport Blockade

The first few months of 2015 have been fascinating for the keen political campaign observer. From the launch of the formal campaign season in the UK, to the impressive national elections in Nigeria, to the early-in-the-cycle declarations of three presidential candidates in the United States, there has been no shortage of election news. However, perhaps...
Pope Francis, Kim Kardashian, and 100 Years of Silence

Pope Francis, Kim Kardashian, and 100 Years of Silence

Kim Kardashian, the woman who broke the Internet, married Kanye West, and created a strangely addictive mobile game can now boast a connection to Pope Francis. The queen of reality television, Ms. Kardashian is a proud Armenian-American and recently visited her ancestral home with her family. 24 April marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian...
UKIP's Scorched Earth Foreign Policy

UKIP’s Scorched Earth Foreign Policy

‘Teeming Shores’ is a biweekly column that broadly covers issues related to global migration and how the movement of peoples can reshape traditional conceptions of sovereignty and security. The title is referential to the sonnet “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus that is engraved on the Statue of Liberty in America.
Split in the National Front: Mistake Before the Elections?

Split in the National Front: Mistake Before the Elections?

Jean-Marie Le Pen’s interview with far-right newspaper Rivarol led to the climax of the political fight between him and his daughter, party leader Marine Le Pen. Ms. Le Pen released a condemning statement of his actions following her father’s words defending Philippe Pétain (the Chief of State of Vichy France), calling the gas chambers “a...
Shifting the Blame: The Argentine Condition

Shifting the Blame: The Argentine Condition

On 10 April, the UK and Argentina summoned each other’s ambassadors to resolve the newest development in a centuries old dispute: The Falklands Islands. The UK claimed the Islands in 1765, and Argentina has pushed a claim since the 1830s. The have argued over who the archipelago belongs to since. The issue escalated into military...