Gun Culture in the US: Beyond the 2nd Amendment

By Ian Teunissen van Manen North America analyst Atlanta, Georgia, Boulder, Colorado and now Orange, California. The latest places to be hit by the US’ gun epidemic. Three more moments of senseless violence and national tragedy. Twenty-two more victims added to the mind-numbing and soul crushing total number of casualties attributable to gun violence inContinue reading “Gun Culture in the US: Beyond the 2nd Amendment”

Quantum vs blockchain: a looming showdown?

By Eray Arda Akartuna AML, Blockchain and Cyber analyst During the Covid-19 pandemic, interest in cryptocurrencies has massively increased, sending Bitcoin (the original cryptocurrency) surging to new all-time highs[1]. Already, financial institutions such as Citibank are predicting that Bitcoin might become the preferred currency of the future[2]. As a fast, anonymous, decentralised and global paymentContinue reading “Quantum vs blockchain: a looming showdown?”

EU-Africa relations: in search for a “partnership of equals”

By Mert Can Yazıcı Guest Contributor* Since the new European Commission took the office, Africa has been a high priority in the European Union (EU)’s political and diplomatic agenda.[1] This became clear with Ursula von der Leyen’s decision to make her first official visit outside Europe to the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa,Continue reading “EU-Africa relations: in search for a “partnership of equals””

Biden and the Middle East

By Annabelle Saba MENA Analyst The relationship between the US and the Middle East has been on a roller coaster ride since 9/11. The American war on terror brought the Middle East under the highest priority of US foreign policy until Trump’s election in 2016. Since, the Middle East started losing priority under Trump’s administrationContinue reading “Biden and the Middle East”

Pakistan, intelligence, and terrorism: Struggles facing one of America’s most necessary and controversial allies in the Middle East

By Christian M. Bills* Guest contributor Since their inception as an autonomous state, the United States has regarded Pakistan as a key nation for regional stability and projection of power. Throughout the Cold War, Pakistan was viewed as an important buffer state or launch point against the USSR and China should hostilities break out. FollowingContinue reading “Pakistan, intelligence, and terrorism: Struggles facing one of America’s most necessary and controversial allies in the Middle East”

Is Europe’s creative sector the collateral damage in the fight against COVID-19?

By Jennnifer Bergman Europe Analyst  It has been just over a year since European cities were struck by an outbreak of the largest pandemic in a century. Across European cities, streets emptied and once buzzing neighbourhoods became ghost towns. With social distancing and people confined to their homes, theatres, museums, gigs, and other cultural institutionsContinue reading “Is Europe’s creative sector the collateral damage in the fight against COVID-19?”

Carbon neutrality: cooperation between Europe and China

By Blanca Trepat* Guest Contributor Last September 2020, President Xi Jinping announced China’s intention to become carbon neutral by 2060. This pledge could be a tipping point in the fight against climate change at a global level since it will contribute considerably to the already existing European Union (EU)’s efforts in the field of climateContinue reading “Carbon neutrality: cooperation between Europe and China”

Artificial intelligence in migration management: What are the key elements that should be included by the EU in the new AI legal framework?

By Fulya Kocukoglu Human Rights Analyst In February 2020, the new strategic plan on the AI[1] (White Paper) and the European Data Strategy[2] was published by the European Commission. This strategy paper aimed at defining new limits against the digital technologies which could potentially breach fundamental rights, such as privacy rights and gender-based or otherContinue reading “Artificial intelligence in migration management: What are the key elements that should be included by the EU in the new AI legal framework?”

Vaccine diplomacy: Russia and China gain influence in Latin America as the US & EU engage in vaccine hoarding

By Gretel Cuevas Latin America Analyst  The race for the coronavirus vaccine has been far from equitable with rich countries hoarding as many doses as they can while developing countries struggle to get a few. While the European Union, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom have pre-ordered at least twice the doses toContinue reading “Vaccine diplomacy: Russia and China gain influence in Latin America as the US & EU engage in vaccine hoarding”

GameStop: the internet has finally become aware of its financial might

By Eray Arda Akartuna AML, Bitcoin & Cyber Analyst Be it inspiring or insurrectionary, the internet has increasingly shown itself to be a growing source of social and political activism. Twitter, TikTok and YouTube (remember Kony 2012?)  have all had their fair share of viral campaigns in the past, though arguably the consequences have beenContinue reading “GameStop: the internet has finally become aware of its financial might”