‘We all know that after the end of the Cold War – everyone is aware of that – a single centre of domination emerged in…View More Smoke and Mirrors: Deconstructing Russian Foreign Policy Objectives in 2015
On 12 December 2015, the world witnessed Saudi Arabia fulfilling the promise of its late king, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. For the first time…View More 2015 Saudi Arabian Municipal Elections: Human Rights in Action?
10 September 2001 was a relatively normal day. The Mayor of Campinas in Brazil, Antônio da Costa Santos was murdered as he drove home, American…View More War and Terror: The Removal of Dictators in the Twenty-First Century
Successively monopolised by the Greek debt crisis and massive migrant influx, the European Union (EU) had little time in 2015 for important announcements concerning its…View More Year in Review: The European Defence Industry
It seems that 2015 has been the year of Africa: Africa rising and Africa not rising. Yet, as the public is hearing more about the…View More Sub-Saharan Africa and China: A Fairy Tale Match?
Just as the term of US ambassador James Cunningham was coming to a close in Afghanistan, ISIS announced the start of theirs. In the summer…View More The Battle for Afghanistan: a New Contender?
‘If you all agree with the question then we’ll have nothing to discuss.’ Thus spoke a bemused David Dimbleby on BBC’s Question Time in Belfast…View More Love Won? LGBT Rights in 2015
2015 was undoubtedly the annus horribilis of the modern-day migrant crisis. Epitomised by the harrowing image of three-year old Alan Kurdi, who drowned alongside his…View More Chaos in Calais – The Value of Bare Necessities in the Jungle
In 1994, the world stood and watched as Rwanda burned. Granted, there was little that the international community could have done to stem or prevent…View More Birds of a feather? Burundi and Rwanda: the dangers of ignoring Africa’s Great Lakes Region (again)
From 30 November to 12 December, the eyes of the world were on Paris as international leaders negotiated a strategy to address climate change. The…View More Climate Security for Whom?
Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War thousands of Syrians have fled their war torn country in search of peace in a democratic Europe.…View More The EU in Duress: How the Refugee Crisis is Generating a Trend of Isolation
When China renounced its notorious one-child policy in October, it seemed like draconian family planning rules were a thing of the past. One of the…View More Dangerous Year in Reproductive Health