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Europe’s Forgotten Citizens

Europe’s Forgotten Citizens

Three years ago, there were 10,000 Roma living in Germany. Today, there are only 7,000 left. Out of the approximately 2,500 who returned to Kosovo and Serbia in accordance with the 2010 re-admission agreement between Germany and Serbia, only 35 did so voluntarily. I am, whatever you say I am Numbering approximately 10 million people,...
Print Edition: The Syrian Revolution, An Interview with Hind Kabawat

Print Edition: The Syrian Revolution, An Interview with Hind Kabawat

The conflict in Syria is not a civil war, but a revolution, argues Syrian activist Hind Kabawat in this poignant interview. Speaking from a refugee camp in Turkey home to thousands of displaced Syrians, Hind offers a first hand account of the devastation the conflict has visited on her country, and what can be done...
Davos 2014: “Long-Term Vision”

Davos 2014: “Long-Term Vision”

Attending the Open Forum at Davos at the time of the World Economic Forum has become almost a habitual aspect of my winter break these past three years, especially seeing as it is right around the corner from where I live. It is a place of heated discussion and exchange between world leaders and the...
Swiss Banking Secrecy: The Beginning of the End

Swiss Banking Secrecy: The Beginning of the End

“We’ve never had a crisis like this one,” says Paolo Bernasconi of the University of St. Gallen. “For fifty years, Swiss bankers have lived by the following rule: We strictly uphold Swiss legislation, while ignoring foreign legal norms. This has earned us a lot of money.” Send in the cavalry Among foreigners, Switzerland tends to...
Interview: Mr. Zeijlon of the World Bank on Human Rights and Development

Interview: Mr. Zeijlon of the World Bank on Human Rights and Development

“Do we do enough? Difficult to say. I think we are doing the right thing.” Anders Zeijlon of the World Bank discusses the complex relationship between human rights and development from the perspectives of individuals, states, and international organisations.   Mr. Zeijlon has both studied and taught economics at Uppsala University. He was then sponsored...
La Crise: France and François Hollande

La Crise: France and François Hollande

De jure, François Hollande is the most powerful man in France. De jure, he also enjoys the support of the socialist majority in the National Assembly and the Senate and  retains the backing of a number of regions, major cities and communes. Yet de facto, after seventeen months of his five-year term, he has almost...
Kenneth Waltz: 1924-2013

Kenneth Waltz: 1924-2013

Kenneth Waltz, one of the most prominent theorists of international relations of the post-war period, passed away earlier this week, aged 88. Waltz is known primarily for his contributions to the development of structural realism or neo-realism and for his publications of Man, the State and War: A Theoretical Analysis in 1959, Foreign Policy and...
NATO in the 21st Century

NATO in the 21st Century

NATO is in crisis today. In an interview with the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Review conducted at Sciences Po, Paris, on Aril 12, Olivier Kempf states his views on the role of NATO in the twenty-first century. Dr Kempf teaches both at the College Universitaire and at the graduate level at Sciences Po, and he...
The Politics of International Criminal Law

The Politics of International Criminal Law

“Today, we live in a world where a man has more chances to be judged if he kills only one person than if he kills 100,000.“ – Kofi Annan, 1998 The year 1998 was the year in which the Rome Statute, the foundational treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was signed. The ICC has...
Davos 2013: Resilient Dynamics…?

Davos 2013: Resilient Dynamics…?

Why Davos? Because apparently in Davos, according to the founder and executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Klaus Schwab “people are moved out of ze daily patterns”. But are they, now? This year’s 43rd Annual Meeting was dedicated to the theme of “Resilient Dynamics” which seems to imply adherence to the conventional practice...
"I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse"

“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse”

As far as conventional wisdom goes, the Mafia has disappeared from the criminal underground of the United States. But has it?  In 1963, Joseph Valachi testified to the existence of a national conspiracy of organized crime in the United States. He called it the Cosa Nostra. Roughly translated from Italian this means, “Our Thing” or...
The End of Kyoto

The End of Kyoto

The Kyoto Protocol was the product of the third Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It committed industrialized states to collectively reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by an average of 5.2% below 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012. It took eight years for the protocol to...