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”

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”

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?”