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”

A“coup within a coup”: what next for Mali?

By Mert Can Yazici Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst While transatlantic actors are focused on the numerous summits and US President Joe Biden’s 8-day visit to Europe, the key west African nation of Mali is undergoing a coup for the second time in 9 months. The latest coup began with the arrest of Mali’s transitional President BahContinue reading “A“coup within a coup”: what next for Mali?”

Ecological Restoration: it’s time to prioritise biodiversity in reforestation programmes

By Nick GutkinSustainability Analyst On World Environment Day (June 7) 2021, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched its Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a decade-long initiative aiming to promote global action to restore damaged and degraded ecosystems.[i] This has coincided with the release of a workshop report co-led by the IPCC and IPBES (Intergovernmental PanelsContinue reading “Ecological Restoration: it’s time to prioritise biodiversity in reforestation programmes”

What can we expect from 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 from 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”

How a natural disaster shows the cracks in a country: the case of the Nyiragongo Volcano and the DRC

By Natalie Domaas Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst On Saturday May 22nd, the Nyiragongo volcano in the eastern Buhene district in the Democratic Republic of the Congo erupted for the first time since 2002. The volcano stands within ten kilometres from the city of Goma. So far, 20 lives have been lost, hundreds are missing and thousandsContinue reading “How a natural disaster shows the cracks in a country: the case of the Nyiragongo Volcano and the DRC”

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”