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”

Israel election special: Netanyahu appeals to Arab-Israeli voters in a bid to cling to power

By Ömer Erkut Bulut Europe/MENA Analyst Israel is holding a general election for the fourth time in two years. The elections will be a referendum for the current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s leadership. Although Benjamin Netanyahu could find a way of both retaining his post and avoiding a trial of corruption amidst the last twoContinue reading “Israel election special: Netanyahu appeals to Arab-Israeli voters in a bid to cling to power”

EU-Africa relations: in search for a “partnership of equals”

By Mert Can Yazıcı Guest Contributor* Since the new European Commission took the office, Africa has been a high priority in the European Union (EU)’s political and diplomatic agenda.[1] This became clear with Ursula von der Leyen’s decision to make her first official visit outside Europe to the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa,Continue reading “EU-Africa relations: in search for a “partnership of equals””

Biden and the Middle East

By Annabelle Saba MENA Analyst The relationship between the US and the Middle East has been on a roller coaster ride since 9/11. The American war on terror brought the Middle East under the highest priority of US foreign policy until Trump’s election in 2016. Since, the Middle East started losing priority under Trump’s administrationContinue reading “Biden and the Middle East”

How can Game Theory help understand post-Brexit UK-US trade negotiations?

By Paul-Henri Minet* Guest Contributor  Since the launch of official trade negotiations between the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) in May 2020[1], the trade position of these two countries has significantly evolved. The reality of Brexit and the election of President Joe Biden are turning points which undoubtedly have an impact onContinue reading “How can Game Theory help understand post-Brexit UK-US trade negotiations?”

Pakistan, intelligence, and terrorism: Struggles facing one of America’s most necessary and controversial allies in the Middle East

By Christian M. Bills* Guest contributor Since their inception as an autonomous state, the United States has regarded Pakistan as a key nation for regional stability and projection of power. Throughout the Cold War, Pakistan was viewed as an important buffer state or launch point against the USSR and China should hostilities break out. FollowingContinue reading “Pakistan, intelligence, and terrorism: Struggles facing one of America’s most necessary and controversial allies in the Middle East”

Is Europe’s creative sector the collateral damage in the fight against COVID-19?

By Jennnifer Bergman Europe Analyst  It has been just over a year since European cities were struck by an outbreak of the largest pandemic in a century. Across European cities, streets emptied and once buzzing neighbourhoods became ghost towns. With social distancing and people confined to their homes, theatres, museums, gigs, and other cultural institutionsContinue reading “Is Europe’s creative sector the collateral damage in the fight against COVID-19?”