The Executive Extremists: Should We Be Surprised?

The Executive Extremists: Should We Be Surprised?

Another day, another bombing. The images of children killed by government airstrikes in rebel-held Aleppo last week were horrific to behold, but they were not surprising. Such images have become tinged with that precursor of contempt – familiarity. Like it or not, horrendous violence against the innocent is apparently such...
Trump: Exactly What the Syrian War Did Not Need

Trump: Exactly What the Syrian War Did Not Need

With the election of Donald J. Trump on 8 November 2016, the United States plunged itself headfirst into an unknown abyss of foreign policy. With all current obligations to international treaties, international organisations, and multilateral trade pacts in doubt, Trump has effectively questioned the very fabric of both current international...
Blighting the Fourth Estate: Fake News and New Democracy

Blighting the Fourth Estate: Fake News and New Democracy

Oxford Dictionary’s 2016 word of the year is ‘post-truth’. The traditional reporter’s dependency on cold, impartial facts has been upended by persuasive satire, deception, and radicalism. Stories that fit snugly into one’s worldview are far more attractive than those that force them to think critically about their assumptions. Stories that...
Optimistic Saudi Bond Pricing Portends Rocky Future

Optimistic Saudi Bond Pricing Portends Rocky Future

After oil plummeted from prices of 100 USD to record lows below 30 USD, the Saudi Arabian government is wary of being left with 70 years worth of oil reserves, as this could render the sovereign country dead in the water. Bearing the heavy shackles of oil prices would sink...
The American Dream vs. The American Reality

The American Dream vs. The American Reality

On Friday, 18 November, Vice Presidential Elect Mike Pence attended the popular musical, Hamilton only to receive an unlikely call to action. Being known for his oppressive and conservative social platforms, Pence was welcomed with a symphony of ‘boos’ as he entered the theatre. After the results of the 8th...
The Reluctant Hegemon: Germany’s Global Responsibility

The Reluctant Hegemon: Germany’s Global Responsibility

More than seventy years after the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, 2017 should be the year when Europe’s richest country reasserts its influence over the globe. Germany should act as a leader for all liberal and democratic nations. Throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first century, the United...
India-Japan Nuclear Bi-Lateral Deal Shakes Up the Far East

India-Japan Nuclear Bi-Lateral Deal Shakes Up the Far East

On 11 November, after six years of negotiation, India and Japan signed a landmark nuclear deal at the India-Japan Bilateral Summit in Tokyo. The deal, which was confirmed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe while on a trip to India in 2015, will allow for Japanese export of nuclear technology...
World Leaders React to the Election of Trump

World Leaders React to the Election of Trump

After a long-winded, divisive campaign, the reactions from world leaders to the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, ranged from enthusiastic congratulations, diplomatic courtesy and outright disapproval. The election has caused both hope and fear in America and brought divisions in society to the...
A Win for Russia or a Win for the People?

A Win for Russia or a Win for the People?

A drastic change in political ideologies often results in a shift towards a new national identity. The recent elections in Moldova and Bulgaria mark Eastern Europe’s shift from a pro-European Union stance towards a pro-Russian one. Igor Dodon of Moldova and Ruman Radev of Bulgaria both came into power through...
Where has al-Qaeda gone?

Where has al-Qaeda gone?

It would not be an overstatement to argue that 9/11 is one of the worst terrorist attacks in living memory, enhanced by the presence of 24/7 news that beamed horrifying images of the attack onto the TV screens of people throughout the globe. It catapulted the perpetrators, al- Qaeda, into...
A New War on Women? : Female Incarceration in America

A New War on Women? : Female Incarceration in America

One of the most popular series on Netflix centres on a thirty-something middle-class white woman who unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the federal prison system when she is convicted for a minor drug offense committed a decade prior. Hillary Clinton, the defeated Democratic nominee for President, penned an opinion piece...
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Money, Media, and Mugabe: Zimbabwe’s Tech Crossroads

Money, Media, and Mugabe: Zimbabwe’s Tech Crossroads

The latest string of clashes which have simmered in Zimbabwe in the past months is the abduction and beating of six prominent activists by riot police in capital city Harare on Friday 18 November, in advance of a planned protest against President Robert Mugabe and his government. The protest (referred to as #MunhuWeseMuRoad) was intended...
The New, Same as the Old: History, Refugees and Germany

The New, Same as the Old: History, Refugees and Germany

This year has been one of change and uncertainty. While Americans and Brits mull over the consequences of recent electoral upsets, the European refugee crisis continues to see an unprecedented inflow of Syrians and others to the continent. In Germany, often the destination of choice, the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has reported...
Cybersecurity and the Governance Gap: A Role for Multilateral Institutions?

Cybersecurity and the Governance Gap: A Role for Multilateral Institutions?

The Internet is inherently global. It exists within and beyond national borders, capable of connecting people all over the world for communication, business, finance, and other collaborative opportunities. In this increasingly interconnected and globalised world, however, the scale of scope of cybersecurity threats continues to intensify. Government operations, communication technologies, military weapons and satellites, and...
The Calais Camp is Gone: What Next?

The Calais Camp is Gone: What Next?

On 24 October a fleet of 150 buses arrived at the makeshift refugee and migrant camp in Calais with the task of moving some of the approximately 7000 remaining residents to sheltered accommodation across France. Two days later, the camp, often referred to as ‘the Jungle’ in the media, was set ablaze as demolition crews...
The Ebell Effect

The Ebell Effect

Since the historic election of Donald Trump, there has been much speculation regarding his transition team. Of the many controversial figures on the list, one name has been the cause for panic from the environmental community. Myron Ebell has been appointed by President-Elect Trump as the head of his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team....
CETA

CETA

On 30 October 2016, Canada and the European Union signed what is being referred to as the largest trade of the decade: The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Considered a milestone in trade agreements, the BBC states that the ‘deal removes 99 per cent of tariffs’ and plans to ‘generate and increase in trade...
State sponsored killing or an answered prayer? Euthanasia: a global perspective

State sponsored killing or an answered prayer? Euthanasia: a global perspective

A debate that has been simmering behind the scenes since ancient times is the right to assisted death, otherwise known as euthanasia. A seemingly simple concept, euthanasia is when a physician plays an active role in a patient’s death. Similarly, physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is when a physician supplies certain means for a patient’s personal application....
French plans to create mass ID database

French plans to create mass ID database

In an increasingly interconnected world, personal privacy is becoming more and more of a rarity. Lives are led online, records are held in electronic databases, and the rise of social media means information is instantly accessible and has a digital afterlife. In recent years, passport control has been improved in some airports to include a...
Changing Relations in the South China Sea

Changing Relations in the South China Sea

The South China Sea is home to many rare fish, natural gas and oil reserves, hundreds of islands, and plenty of controversial territorial and sovereignty claims. China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Brunei all have historically conflicting claims to the maritime region. Although it has been a point of controversy for decades, this past...
Swiss Vote

Swiss Vote

There are a wide variety of democracies in the world. Most people live under a Parliamentary system, a Presidential system, or a combination of both. Many democracies engage in direct democracy, where policy decisions are subject to a popular vote. Nowhere is the practice more prevalent than in Switzerland, where a dozen referendums in a...
Paris: One Year On

Paris: One Year On

It has been quite a year for extremism. We have seen the expansion of Islamic State territory in Iraq and Syria, the Brexit referendum and its aftershocks, and now perhaps the greatest surprise of all – President-elect Trump. In one way or another, these events are all the result of radical shifts in worldwide public...
Trumped: The Rise, Reign, and Fall of Conservatism in America

Trumped: The Rise, Reign, and Fall of Conservatism in America

‘Decent people should ignore politics, if only they could be confident that politics would ignore them.’ The words of William F. Buckley Jr., the intellectual father of American conservatism, in the 1950s foreshadowed the sentiments of millions the day after the US Presidential election. After a historically unpleasant campaign that seemed to last an eternity,...