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...

Phosphorus – A Silent Emergency

Phosphorus – A Silent Emergency If I asked you to list the greatest challenges facing the world right now, you might first think of COVID-19, the climate crisis, or the resurgence...

Rote und Schwarze Reichshälften

Das österreichische Lagerdenken nimmt ab; mitunter auch, weil die Sozialdemokratie nicht mehr mithalten kann. Wenn im November in den USA über das Präsidentenamt abgestimmt wird, werden nicht nur die...

Sanctions in the time Corona

The use of economic sanctions to accomplish foreign policy objectives has been around for a long time. Athens imposed sanctions on other Greek city-states. The Megarian Decree was a response to those states which refused...

“A Day Without Us:” Mexican Women Take Action for Gender Equality

Initiatives like the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women in 1993, the Convention of Belém do Pará in 1994, and the Beijing Platform for Action in 1995, signaled the movement...

Universal Basic Income: Pandemic Panacea or Policy Pipedream?

As of the middle of May 2020, 36 million Americans are unemployed, with a further three million filing for unemployment during the same week. Assuming the size of the labor force remains...

La tour de Babel se trouve à Bruxelles : défis et implications linguistiques du...

« Si nous n’avons pas le Royaume-Uni, nous n’avons pas l’anglais. » Lorsque Danuta Hübner, présidente de la Commission des affaires constitutionnelles du Parlement européen (AFCO), prédisait cet avenir funeste pour la langue anglaise...

Die ungelöste Amazigh-Problematik im heutigen Algerien

Lange Zeit wurden die Bräuche der Tamazight-sprechenden indigenen Bevölkerungsgruppen des Maghrebs, die sich selbst als Imazighen (Einzahl Amazigh, übersetzt: die Freien) bezeichnen, im heutigen Volksmund auf pejorative Weise nach wie vor Berber...

Waking Up from the Chinese Dream to a Chinese Debt Trap?

The Chinese Dream (Zhōngguó Měng) was first coined in 2012 by the current General Secretary of the Peoples Republic of China’s only political party, the Communist Party of China, President Xi Jinping....

How to say ‘Holocaust’ in Arabic

The establishment of the State of Israel seven decades ago is remembered as the return to its ancestral home by one people but bemoaned as the dispossession of its land by another....

The US and Iran: A Repetition of History?

The beginning of a new decade shows that we are not ready to bring peace to the Middle East. Once again, the eyes of the world are poised on a conflict between...