If you are not a Catholic, then it is easy to underestimate the political power the Pope still wields. He is the spiritual leader of…View More The Myth of the Liberal Pope
Author’s Note: In this article, I will refer to Kosovo as a state, although with recognition that this is a contested term. Kosovo, the…View More Kosovo’s Rocky Road to Reconstruction – and the International Community’s Responsibility
In the United Kingdom, an increasingly common response to crimes or immoral behaviour committed by individuals knighted by the Queen is to call for their…View More Why Aung San Suu Kyi Should Lose Her Nobel Prize
On 20 June 2017, a piece of micro-blog (similar to twitter) written by The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) caused a breakout of…View More Seeing Refugees in China: A realist bystander
After the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, the French government issued a ‘state of emergency’ allowing authorities more autonomy during the crisis. The…View More More Harm Than Good: France’s Extension of State of Emergency
With the recent U.S. legalization of gay marriage, and similar progress in other states, there is a new impression of progress on LGBT issues. But…View More Fear and Prejudice: LGBT Refugees Search for Safety
The United States’ enhanced interrogation programme originated in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and became an important aspect of the subsequent War on…View More Enhanced Interrogation and the War on Terror: Past and Present
It has been a year and five months since 43 Mexican students disappeared after a clash with police 26 September 2014. Despite multiple investigations being…View More Mexico’s Missing 43
The run-up to the Chinese Communist Party’s thirteenth ‘Five-Year-Plan’ bore witness to a flurry of forecasts projecting likely outcomes; yet few, if any, quite expected…View More ‘If You Wanna Know what China’s Gonna Do, Best Pay Attention to the Shi San Wu’
As the world’s most influential voices gathered in New York to ring in the 70th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly gathering this past…View More Hillary Clinton: Human Rights Defender or Political Opportunist?
More than 200 human rights lawyers and activists in China have been targeted, detained for questioning or reported missing since a nationwide crackdown by the…View More Through the Looking Glass: Human Rights
Not since the likes of Tiananmen Square has so much global attention been focused on a protest on Chinese soil. Remembering the unfortunate consequences of…View More Hong Kong Protesters: The West’s democracy seeking heroes or China’s childish little problems?