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...

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...

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...