Europe
Déjà vu: A US election and an aggressive Russia

Déjà vu: A US election and an aggressive Russia

Since the 2014 annexation of Crimea, the already volatile Russian state has become increasingly unpredictable and confrontational, especially towards the United States (US) and NATO. Although seemingly inexplicable, the combination of suspected cyberwarfare, provocative missile placements, and increasingly belligerent rhetoric can be attributed to an overly ambitious, and more significantly, opportunistic Moscow. The hacking of...
In Defence of Free Trade

In Defence of Free Trade

The march towards free trade has been strong and steady since the end of World War II. The removal of tariffs and non-tariff barriers were seen as an increasingly desirable way to encourage countries to cooperate and to develop new economic opportunities. Indeed, the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), comprising West...
The Global Significance of the French Elections

The Global Significance of the French Elections

The international community is looking to the next French president to re-establish security and economic prosperity in France. While the United States elections have garnered global scrutiny, little media attention has been paid to the upcoming French elections. The issues of race, prejudice, national security, and terrorism have taken centre stage and the French presidential...
Austrian Elections: Day and Night

Austrian Elections: Day and Night

Even those of you who haven’t been following the ongoing turmoil of the presidential election in Austria will not be surprised to learn the details. In short, a right-wing populist party candidate and a socialist left-wing candidate are this year both enjoying greater support than ever before. Their political views are as different as chalk...
A Nuclear Earthquake: The Case Against Unilateral Disarmament

A Nuclear Earthquake: The Case Against Unilateral Disarmament

Nuclear weapons are abhorrent. They are horrific devices which wreak untold devastation and which, in their current numbers, certainly contain enough power to destroy all life on this planet. A world without any nuclear weapons and without any Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles, Aircraft Carriers, drones and AK-47s would be preferable. Unfortunately, these things exist, and some...
After Chilcot: Bereaved Military Families and the Other

After Chilcot: Bereaved Military Families and the Other

In 2009, then Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that with the last troops coming home from Iraq (discounting the many who stayed for security reasons) the time was right to establish an investigation to ‘enable us to learn the lessons of the complex and often controversial events of the last six years.’ On 6 July...
‘Miracle, Mystery, and Authority:’ Dr. Stephen Blank on Putin’s Russia

‘Miracle, Mystery, and Authority:’ Dr. Stephen Blank on Putin’s Russia

Dr. Stephen Blank is a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, a Washington D.C. think tank whose stated mission is ‘bringing information to those who make or influence the foreign policy of the United States.’ Dr. Blank is an internationally recognised expert on Russia and sat down with the Foreign Affairs Review in...
Hungary’s Prime Minister and His Boiled Frogs: How Europe Reached its Newest Referendum

Hungary’s Prime Minister and His Boiled Frogs: How Europe Reached its Newest Referendum

A xenophobic ad campaign funded by the government, wire fences lining the borders with Serbia and Croatia, a referendum that massively flopped but is still championed by the leading political party, a prime minister resisting the European Union’s (EU) liberal human rights policies. How did Hungary (and Europe, for that matter) end up here? Much...
Berlin Elections

Berlin Elections

Any political analyst will tell you that predicting the outcome of national elections based on regional elections is risky at best. There are several reasons for this. First, local politics simple do not reflect the politics of a whole nation. Local issues and historical party affiliation have a lot more to do with local political...
Poland's Abortion Rollback: The Uncertain State of Reproductive Rights in Europe

Poland’s Abortion Rollback: The Uncertain State of Reproductive Rights in Europe

This past month thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Warsaw carrying wire hangers and posters featuring anatomical diagrams of the uterus. In Poland, a deeply Catholic country boasting some of the most draconian anti-abortion legislation in the Europe, women may receive an abortion if they can prove their pregnancy is a product of...
French ‘De-radicalisation’ Boot Camps: Will They Work?

French ‘De-radicalisation’ Boot Camps: Will They Work?

On 13 September 2016, France ‘unveiled’ its first of twelve ‘deradicalisation boot camps‘, one for each region of the country. The Centres for Prevention, Integration, and Citizenship are part of a €40 million (£34m) government effort to combat home-grown extremism. The twelve centres will be home to a range of individuals, including ‘hardened radicals who have...
Putting the ‘Rat’ in Rato

Putting the ‘Rat’ in Rato

Needless to say the past two decades have been turbulent financially, and this has resulted in a general loss of trust in the ‘executive class’ globally due to their shortcomings (albeit this is thanks to a few terribly bright individuals). It is no surprise that this group of global executives and business leaders seems incorrigible. The bankrobbers of the Wild...