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...

Aftermath of the Katowice Summit – Is the Battle for the Future Lost?

The scientific community and climate campaigners warn that the deal reached at COP24 in Katowice in December 2018 has serious moral shortcomings as it fails to recognise the dire warnings from the world’s top scientists and...

The State: An Old and A Necessary Beast

In spite of the rise and growing influence of international organisations and supranational institutions, such as the United Nations and the European Union, the state still refuses to relinquish its role as the principal...

A Deal with the Devil? Sweden’s Political Crisis

Following the Swedish general election in September 2018, the country was thrown into a long political and governmental crisis, lasting more than four months and finally ending on January 18. Due to the failure...

The Singapore of Africa?

In November 2018, during a business trip to the Rwandan capital Kigali, Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma did not mince his words. Calling Rwanda “a great country that walks the talk,” Ma described his impressions...

“We Need The Next Marx!”

In his magisterial “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” the French economist Thomas Piketty showed that inequality in terms of both income and wealth have increased tremendously since the 1970s. While the income share of...

Rerouting to Europe

The western Mediterranean sea route, which begins in Morocco and leads migrants on their perilous journey to Spain, has recently reached new levels of prominence: According to UNHCR over 23,000 migrants arrived in the...

Palestine, Israel and the Rise of Women’s Voices

In October 2017, thousands of women gathered in the Israeli Negev desert. For two weeks, Arabs, Jews, Christians, and secular Israeli and Palestinians walked in the March for Hope to protest the absence of...

TechPlomacy: A Laboratory in Diplomacy

The field of “techplomacy”—a recent portmanteau of “tech” and “diplomacy” created by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs—has a seemingly uncharted, yet decidedly bright future. On November 7, 2018, Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry appointed its...

Why Banning Autonomous Weapons Is More Dangerous Than Developing Them Responsibly

Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to drastically change our lives. Driverless cars are changing how we move from place to place, autonomous delivery drones are changing how we shop, and AI algorithms influence who...