The Janus of Nationalism: Croatia’s Hero Problems

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has stuffed more gunpowder into the barrel. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) reached the end of its mandate at the close of 2017....

Gesang und Tanz an der gefährlichsten Grenze der Welt

Was sich täglich zu Sonnenuntergang am Grenzübergang zwischen Indien und Pakistan abspielt, ähnelt auf den ersten Blick eher einem Volksfest als der Manifestation militärischer Stärke zweier Erzfeinde. Die Sitzreihen sind prallgefüllt mit Touristen, Schulklassen...

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres: A Year in Review

His popularity in previous roles as Prime Minister of Portugal and High Commissioner of the UNHCR generated high expectations for António Guterres’ appointment as UN Secretary-General in January 2017. One year later, celebrated commentators...

The Church of Contradictions: a Review of Pope Francis’ Five Year Tenure

This March marks five years since Pope Francis’ 2013 election, inheriting what the Washington Post called an “office demystified by scandal.” The Catholic Church’s response to a surge in allegations of clerical child abuse...

Camp Century: The Cold War’s thawing legacy

In the 1960s, locked in a power game with the East, the United States sought to assert its power against the Eastern Bloc. Thus, the decision was made to build a military base beneath...

Die Sehnsucht nach Kultur: Zwischen dem Untergang des Abendlandes und Kunstschatzi

Das Kunsthistorische Museum in Wien: Es ist früher Abend und das ehrwürdige Haus am Ring ist stark besucht. Überall stehen gutaussehende und noch besser gekleidete Menschen im besten Alter und plaudern in verschiedensten Sprachen...

From Sensing to Preventing: Satellite Remote Sensing for Water Disaster Management

In recent years, water-related disasters have occurred more frequently as a result of climate change and urbanisation. For example, according to a 2015 report from the United Nations Economic Social Commission for Asia and...

Golden Opportunities? The Socio-economic Footprint of Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining

As an international endeavour to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic mercury emissions, the Minamata Convention was signed on October 10, 2013 in Kumamoto, Japan, dedicating Article 7 exclusively to artisanal and small-scale...

Black Gold Mine

The Caspian Sea is shared by the Transcaucasian and Central Asian countries Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Iran and Turkmenistan. The biggest oil and gas fields are Tengiz, Karachaganak and Kashagan in Kazakhstan, Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli and Shah Deniz in...

Nuclear Renaissance in Developing Countries: Will it Pay off?

Nuclear waste can be classified into three categories: low-, intermediate- and high-level waste. Items like tools or clothes, which have been lightly contaminated, are considered low-level waste, while intermediate-level waste is made up of items...

Losing a Generation: The Plight of Children in War-torn Yemen

Nearly one year ago, on August 9, 2018, an airstrike conducted by the Saudi-led military coalition operating in Yemen killed 40 children and injured 56. A laser-guided missile hit a school bus carrying boys aged...

YPJ: Female Freedom Fighters on the Front Lines

At the end of a long and brutal war, there is now a degree of stability in the region. Moreover, after having participated in the war on the victorious side, it is not only...

Super Bowl LIV? Patriots vs. Nationalists

As a result of the atrocities committed by the National Socialist Party during World War II, the terms nationalist and nationalism gained a baleful connotation. Consequently, in the post-war era it was very rare...

The Challenges of Non-proliferation from the Israeli Perspective

More than a year ago, on May 8, 2018, the US withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Israel warmly welcomed the Washington’s decision, which followed shortly after Israeli intelligence agents uncovered...

Arab Spring: Will it ever blossom?

Last December, eight years after Bouazizi’s bold gesture, demand for better political and socio-economic conditions sparked a new wave of demonstrations and protests in Algeria and Sudan. Today as it was then, frustration due to...