What can we expect to see at the NATO 2021 Summit?

By Jennifer Bergman Europe Analyst On June 14th, NATO is holding its Summit of allied leaders at its headquarters in Brussels, which will focus on the NATO 2030 agenda. In their press release from April this year, the Alliance listed the challenges that they will be covering in their discussions, centring on the topics ofContinue reading “What can we expect to see at the NATO 2021 Summit?”

A Day to Remember: Mexico’s largest elections in history

By Gretel Cuevas VerdinLatin America Analyst Millions of voters across Mexico went to the polls last Sunday to participate in the largest election in Mexican history. With more than 21,000 contested positions in all three levels of government, this election represented the consolidation or fracture of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s political project. With allContinue reading “A Day to Remember: Mexico’s largest elections in history”

The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack fallout: why a crypto crackdown is not the answer

By Eray Arda Akartuna AML, Blockchain & Cyber Analyst For those connected to the cyber-world (pretty much everyone), trading in cryptocurrency or in dire need of petrol in North Carolina, last week was nothing short of a catastrophe. The 7 May 2021 ransomware attack on the 5,500-mile Texas-New York Colonial Pipeline suspended its operations forContinue reading “The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack fallout: why a crypto crackdown is not the answer”

A tragedy in the making: Covid, politics and crisis in Nepal

By Prateek Srivastava South Asia Analyst While the world is preoccupied with heart-wrenching videos of healthcare facilities falling apart in India, the neighbouring nation of Nepal, tucked away in the Himalayas, remains largely overlooked. However, the situation there is not too different from the crisis in India. With rising cases, increasing deaths, limited availability ofContinue reading “A tragedy in the making: Covid, politics and crisis in Nepal”

From illicit weapons transfers to matériel development: Iran’s role in Yemen’s weapon game

By Elisa Cherry* During conflict, in all areas of the world, the transfer of illicit goods, particularly small arms and weapons is present. Throughout the course of one of the deadliest civil wars[1], the transfer of illicit matériel from Iran into Yemen has remained one of the greatest hinderances to finding peace. Small arms[2] includeContinue reading “From illicit weapons transfers to matériel development: Iran’s role in Yemen’s weapon game”

Why gender quotas will not end inequality

By Natalie DomaasSub-Saharan Africa analyst When discussions about women’s political representation arise, countries with high levels of female parliamentarians are often cited as shining examples for what gender quotas can do to help achieve gender equality. Gender quotas are laws that state that a certain number of candidates or elected officials who are running forContinue reading “Why gender quotas will not end inequality”

NATO – EU strategic dialogue on the application of artificial intelligence

By Zeynep BasaranGuest Contributor* 2020 was dominated by a global epidemiological crisis, one that continues to challenge the international order in 2021. While trying to mitigate the adverse consequences of the crisis, both Nation States – and the international organisations they are part of – must prepare for the implications of emerging technologies – especiallyContinue reading “NATO – EU strategic dialogue on the application of artificial intelligence”

The military coup in Myanmar: a continuum of violence and international failure

By Jennifer Bergman Europe analyst A couple of years ago I wrote my master thesis on the failure of the United Nations to prevent violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar. During my time writing it, and over the years since, I have had to explain to people who the Rohingya are and the genocidal violenceContinue reading “The military coup in Myanmar: a continuum of violence and international failure”

Should the rich pay the price of the Coronavirus pandemic? An analysis of progressive taxation in Latin America

By Gretel Cuevas VerdinLatin America analyst As the economic crisis worsens in the world’s most unequal region, countries across Latin America are advancing progressive tax initiatives that target the most privileged sectors of society. In the face of the worst economic crisis in two centuries caused by the pandemic, taxing the rich has become theContinue reading “Should the rich pay the price of the Coronavirus pandemic? An analysis of progressive taxation in Latin America”

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”