Ukrainian Elections 2019: The Voices of the People

After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, for a long time the Western world has only been interested in the main heir of the Soviet power—Russia. But since 2014, when dissatisfaction with the...

Profession or Oppression? The Rekindling of the Prostitution Policy Debate

Prostitution is legal, liberalised and regulated in many European countries, including the Netherlands. Sweden, Norway, France and Ireland have, however, adopted the Nordic or Swedish Model, which prohibits the purchase of sex while legalising...

What’s going on with Catalonia? A Dream of Independence and a Political Nightmare

On October 1, 2017, the people of Catalonia went to the polls to vote on Catalan separation from Spain. While the separatists were largely successful, the validity of the result has been questioned. As a result,...

Women, Peace, & Security: A Bumpy Road to 2020

Human security–both male and female–is at risk in all pockets of the globe, and the future of promised gender equality is becoming increasingly uncertain. From the recent abortion bans in 12 states in the...

Xi Jinping: President for Life and its Implications

In March 2018, the National People’s Congress, the People’s Republic of China’s parliament, passed changes to China’s constitution. Among the changes, such as setting up the National Supervisory Commission and replacing the term “legal...

Explaining the Results of the Kazakh Elections: Not so Quiet on the Eastern Front?

After the results were announced massive riots broke out in the biggest cities of Kazakhstan. People in the streets claimed that they had no real choice. Most of the other six contenders were unknown political...

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...