Georgien-Russland Konflikt: Alte Wunden, neues Blutvergießen

Panik, fliehende Menschen, brennende Häuser, brennende Städte. Am 7. August 2008 blickte die ganze Welt in den Kaukasus, wo ein neuntägiger Krieg zwischen Russland und Georgien herrschte. Damals war die Aufmerksamkeit aller Länder und...

Defensive Architecture: Masking Reality and Enforcing Segregation?

The subjective feeling of security has recently been at the center of political debates throughout Europe, with an observed increase in terrorist activities and security threats fuelling the fire. In an attempt to soothe...

Empowered Women, Empowered Economies

Despite recent studies confirming that gender equality in the workplace is beneficial both in economic and social terms, the global gender pay gap in 2018 is still reported to be as high as 23...

The Uzbek Thaw

The death of Islam Karimov in September 2016 brought his 27-year stint as Uzbekistan’s leader to a rather abrupt conclusion. Karimov took office as the First Secretary of the Communist Party in 1989, and...

One Year of Moonshine: Bringing Hope in a Turbulent Era

The president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, has been instrumental in facilitating what may become a great step forward towards détente on the Korean Peninsula. But while Mr. Moon’s diplomatic efforts to manage the...

Privacy – at what price?

As digital technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, we have entered into unmapped territory in which we are no longer merely using the digital world as a tool -  we are living...

Can China’s Economic Rise and Sustainable Development Coexist?

China’s rapid economic development, paired with its increasing energy consumption, has posed one of the country’s largest challenges for achieving sustainable development. The difficulty in reconciling staggering development with sustainability is exacerbated by the...

Sex, Peace and Liberia

The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia finally departed this March after a 15-year long peace process, proving that actively including women in conflict resolution processes is crucial to breaking cycles of violence. In 2003,...

The Ottoman Slap to Democracy

Quick wit, slow decline: Months after Turkish President Erdoğan threatened his American counterpart with delivering the infamous “Ottoman slap” in response to US support for Kurdish militias in Syria, concerns for Turkey’s eroding democracy...
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Guerre contre le Terrorisme en Afrique: le Revers de la Médaille

Décrite en 2001 comme « le ventre mou du monde dans le contexte du terrorisme global » par l’ancienne conseillère à la sécurité nationale états unienne Susan Rice, l’Afrique a acquis une importance stratégique croissante pour...