Rising grievances among the European youth and its consequences

By Jennifer BergmanEurope Analyst Towards the end of my university years I, as I am sure everyone else does, reflected a lot about my entrance into the job market. During this period, I remember feeling sorry for those who graduated into the 2008-2009 recession, then came 2020 and I graduated into a global pandemic andContinue reading “Rising grievances among the European youth and its consequences”

The Taliban and Pakistan face a conundrum over their border

By Will Xue Barlow*Guest Contributor The Afghan Taliban leadership council have announced the cabinet of their self-proclaimed Emirate. It consists of many old faces of the Taliban Quetta Shura (council), who themselves were formed around a core of 10 former Taliban leaders and ministers who fled to Quetta, Pakistan, in 2001. These 33 ministers includeContinue reading “The Taliban and Pakistan face a conundrum over their border”

German federal elections 2021: novelties and uncertainties

By Güney Roman Erturk*Guest Contributor In Germany, it’s “Superwahljahr“ (super election year). In short, this means that multiple elections will take place this year including federal elections, six states and two local elections. Nevertheless, all eyes are on the upcoming federal elections which means that this year is going to be both exciting and unpredictable.Continue reading “German federal elections 2021: novelties and uncertainties”

Bulgaria’s political crisis and its impact on North Macedonia’s EU accession 

By CJ Stowell*Guest Contributor Bulgaria is going to hold its third election of 2021, and North Macedonia is watching with anticipation. North Macedonia has been waiting for EU accession for over two decades, and after a painful compromise with Greece in 2019, the possibility of EU membership seemed within reach (Halasz, Labropoulou, and McKenzie 2019).Continue reading “Bulgaria’s political crisis and its impact on North Macedonia’s EU accession “

Lebanon: a year after the explosion

By Annabelle SabaMENA Analyst When the port of Beirut exploded in August 2020, the entire world turned its attention to the city and mourned its destruction. A month later, Lebanon disappeared from major news outlets’ headlines. In the meantime, however, Lebanon has lived a deepening crisis of bigger consequences and proportions than the 2020 portContinue reading “Lebanon: a year after the explosion”

Three real actions an individual can pursue to fight climate change

By Nick GutkinSustainability Analyst The recent IPCC Sixth Assessment Report[i] has garnered headlines all over the world. The findings of the report are grim, sobering, and do not leave much room for debate. It is clear not only that humans are directly causing climate change, but that the negative impacts are already here and havingContinue reading “Three real actions an individual can pursue to fight climate change”

On the brink of genocide: the state of play of the Tigray Conflict

By Natalie DomaasSub-Saharan Africa Analyst Since November 4 2020, the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia has been entrenched in a civil conflict that has created one of the worst humanitarian emergencies seen so far this decade. The conflict began when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered military action to be taken against Tigrayan military forcesContinue reading “On the brink of genocide: the state of play of the Tigray Conflict”

Sweden’s political crisis – what is happening?

By Jennifer BergmanEurope Analyst As a politically stable country, Swedish domestic politics is not usually the centre of focus on the international scene, but two weeks ago, the Nordic country entered into a political crisis. On Monday the 21st of June, the Swedish government passed a vote of no confidence for the Social Democratic rulingContinue reading “Sweden’s political crisis – what is happening?”

Frontex: the controversial European Union agency on the brink of closure

By Fulya Kocukoglu, Europe Analyst On 9 June, 80 human rights organisations, activists and rescue teams across the world addressed an open letter[1] to the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament, calling on them to defund and abolish Frontex, the European border and coast guard agency. The criticisms against Frontex are notContinue reading “Frontex: the controversial European Union agency on the brink of closure”

Post-Biden Europe trip: what to expect moving forward

By Ian Teunissen van ManenNorth America Analyst Earlier this month, US President Biden embarked on a trip to Europe, marking his first international travel since taking office in January. This trip included stops in the UK for the G7 Summit and Brussels for meetings with EU leaders and the NATO Summit (Miller, 2021). The tripContinue reading “Post-Biden Europe trip: what to expect moving forward”