Israel-Palestine escalation: what happened and are we heading towards another war?

By Annabelle SabaMENA Analyst In the last few days, the Gaza strip has seen its police buildings, Hamas controlled neighbourhoods and apartments blocks heavily bombarded.  At least 83 Palestinians and 6 Israelis have been killed since the offensive began on 10 May, with more than 400 people wounded as of 13 May. This is byContinue reading “Israel-Palestine escalation: what happened and are we heading towards another war?”

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”

Democratic progressives are no Tea Party

By Konrad FooteNorth America analyst April 29th marked Joe Biden’s 100th day in office. With this, many articles look to assess and articulate what the administration has, or has not, achieved so far. This article chooses to take this opportunity to observe the influence, or lack thereof, of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing within theContinue reading “Democratic progressives are no Tea Party”

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”

Are Russo-Turkish relations taking a sour turn or is it simply business as usual?

By Ilayda NijharRussia & FSU Analyst Over the past week, tensions have yet again risen between Russia and Turkey – an alliance which is largely based both on cooperation and competition but also known at times for its unpredictability. Given the already unsteady relations between both nations over the past decade, particularly following the 2015Continue reading “Are Russo-Turkish relations taking a sour turn or is it simply business as usual?”

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”

No hopes left: will the UNHRC’s vote bring justice to the war crimes of Sri Lanka?

By Prateek SrivastavaSouth Asia AnalystSpecial report After 26 years of gruesome civil war, Sri Lanka declared victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009. Following this one of its kind ‘Military Victory,’ the Rajapaksa (brotherly) administration pursued post-war policies that remained hostile towards ethnic and religious minorities and repressed anyone whoContinue reading “No hopes left: will the UNHRC’s vote bring justice to the war crimes of Sri Lanka?”

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”