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Barely Legal: The Ethical Implications of the Panama Papers

Barely Legal: The Ethical Implications of the Panama Papers

In a sensational combination of power, wealth, and financial secrecy, the now ubiquitous ‘Panama Papers’ revealed a treasure trove of previously inaccessible information about the opaque operations of offshore finance. The leak, divulged from the files of Panama City-based law firm Mossack Fonseca on 4 April, represents the world’s largest release of confidential documents to...
Georgian Dream Deferred: The Shooting of a Prominent Politician & the State of Georgian Politics

Georgian Dream Deferred: The Shooting of a Prominent Politician & the State of Georgian Politics

In a brazen public attack on 26 February 2016, Alexey Patriashvili, the leader of Georgia’s Our Georgia-Free Democrats opposition party, was beaten and shot three times in the centre of the capital, Tbilisi. Georgian officials moved quickly to downplay the political nature of the attack, refusing to draw conclusions before the release of a forthcoming...
Smoke and Mirrors: Deconstructing Russian Foreign Policy Objectives in 2015

Smoke and Mirrors: Deconstructing Russian Foreign Policy Objectives in 2015

‘We all know that after the end of the Cold War – everyone is aware of that – a single centre of domination emerged in the world, and then those who found themselves at the top of the pyramid were tempted to think that if they were strong and exceptional, they knew better and they...
The Litvinenko Inquiry: Russian to Conclusions?

The Litvinenko Inquiry: Russian to Conclusions?

If you’re looking to read the newest spy thriller, try picking up the Litvinenko Inquiry. This stranger-than-fiction report details the assassination-by-poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian dissident and former KGB agent, in a London bar in November 2006. Published 21 January by Sir Robert Owen, a retired judge appointed by the British Government to chair...
Mixed Signals: The Changing Nature of Finland’s Non-Alignment and its Relationship with NATO

Mixed Signals: The Changing Nature of Finland’s Non-Alignment and its Relationship with NATO

In Finland, the election of a new centre-right coalition government in this past April’s parliamentary elections brought renewed debate over Finland’s position as one of the few remaining European Union states without membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Led by new Centrist Party Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, the coalition brought the discussion to...
Putin’s Prolonged Pivot to China

Putin’s Prolonged Pivot to China

Russia and China have not made any secret of their seemingly budding romance in recent months. Speaking ahead of a visit to Beijing 3 September commemorating the end of World War II in Asia, Russian President Vladimir Putin described Russian-Chinese ties as having “probably reached a peak in their entire history and [will] continue to...
Water Diplomacy in the Nile Basin: A Breakthrough at Last?

Water Diplomacy in the Nile Basin: A Breakthrough at Last?

In the wake of last month’s groundbreaking agreement between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia over the rights to develop a dam on a main tributary of the Nile River, scientists’ predictions that water will become the most sought-after commodity of the twenty-first century suddenly seem to be not so far off. On March 23rd, the three...
The Eurasian Economic Union: A Dead End?

The Eurasian Economic Union: A Dead End?

In the aftermath of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, one could hardly doubt Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ability to show off his extravagant pet-projects. But times have certainly changed in the region over the past year – judging not only by the significantly less fanfare received by the inauguration of the Putin-engineered Eurasian Economic Union on...
Recep Tayip Erdogan's Nice House and Bad Foreign Policy

Recep Tayip Erdogan’s Nice House and Bad Foreign Policy

In this past month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has attracted the attention of headlines around the world. Not only did he make controversial remarks such as ‘women are not equal to men because it goes against the laws of nature’ at a conference on women and justice in Istanbul, followed by more ridiculous claims...
What the European Central Bank’s Stress Tests Revealed about Europe’s Economic Recovery

What the European Central Bank’s Stress Tests Revealed about Europe’s Economic Recovery

Is something rotten in the state of Europe? Cynical economists and financial analysts might certainly find significance in the prophetic lines from Shakespeare’s Hamlet – albeit the twenty-first century, European Union-friendly version – after 130 of the Eurozone’s largest banks underwent ‘stress tests,’ the results of which were released by the European Central Bank (ECB) on...