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”

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?”

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?”

Can sustainability-linked finance help us to win the race to net-zero?

By José Luis Reséndiz Latin America Analyst Ahead of COP26, decision-makers are setting ambitious targets to tackle climate change, which has led to an increasing interest in sustainable financial instruments to incentivise a transition towards a net-zero economy. One of the most recent innovations to address climate change goals has occurred in debt capital marketsContinue reading “Can sustainability-linked finance help us to win the race to net-zero?”

Nakhchivan Corridor: What perspectives does it hold?

By Turan Gafarli Russia & FSU Analyst The November 10 ceasefire agreement ended the bloody war which lasted 44 days between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The armistice certified Karabakh to Azerbaijan while creating a new geopolitical reality in the South Caucasus. Aside from the return of Russia and Turkey to the region, the 9th clause ofContinue reading “Nakhchivan Corridor: What perspectives does it hold?”

Fixing a divided nation: areas of interest for the Biden administration (Part 1)

By Konrad Foote North America Analyst (This op-ed is the first part of a longer series on the Biden administration) Inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, there has been much media attention surrounding what actions Joe Biden may take on day one of his Presidency, in his first 100 days, in hisContinue reading “Fixing a divided nation: areas of interest for the Biden administration (Part 1)”

US Capitol Attack: What it means going forward

By Ian Teunissen van Manen North America Analyst  The events at the US Capitol building on January 6th will undoubtedly go down as one of the more shameful moments of US history. Horrific scenes of the Confederate flag being flown in the halls of the center of American Democracy will not soon be forgotten, norContinue reading “US Capitol Attack: What it means going forward”

Event special: “We love you”- Trump supports the end of U.S. democracy in 3 words

By Natalie Domaas After four years of continuous and dangerous rhetoric, the hate fuelled administration of Donald Trump has reached its zenith. On January 6th, 2021 the United States Capitol was stormed by pro-Trump protesters who descended upon Washington D.C. to try and stop U.S. Senators from confirming the electoral votes that would officially ratifyContinue reading “Event special: “We love you”- Trump supports the end of U.S. democracy in 3 words”

Event special: What we know so far on the US Capitol riot

By Gretel Cuevas While Congress convened to certify the electoral victory of Joe Biden, the United States Congress came under attack after hundreds of Trump supporters violently broke in. Holding arms and flags protesters entered the Capitol after President Trump ended his speech calling his supporters to march on Congress. After months of conspiracy theoriesContinue reading “Event special: What we know so far on the US Capitol riot”

Politicians volunteering to get vaccinated on camera is a band-aid solution

By Jennifer Bergman Europe Analyst Bernie Sanders, Mike Pence, and Joe Biden. Although they may have vastly different political views they all share one thing in common, their COVID-19 vaccination has become immortalised on camera. In light of the recent weeks development in the roll out of vaccines against COVID I am becoming increasingly interestedContinue reading “Politicians volunteering to get vaccinated on camera is a band-aid solution”