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The OSCE – a Victim of Its Own Legacy

written by Ansgar Fellendorf The Organization, formerly Conference, for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) was created as a product of the Cold War roughly forty years ago in 1975. Then it was a much celebrated success of multilateral diplomacy, retaining the status quo and aggressive Realpolitik in Europe. Now, in 2016, the institution and its decision-makers have to act carefully ... Read More »

Towards global justice: Pax Initiative

It is crazy how people know everything about Kylie Jenner’s lipstick but not about what ICJ does…like which war it prevented and so on.  The Pax Initiative is a non-governmental organisation launched at the end of 2015 by a team of young and passionate professionals who aim at gathering and empowering youth from all over the world. The NGO focuses ... Read More »

Forum Lecture on EU-Ukraine Association Agreement – Q&A

 ‘Let’s stop being naïve and let’s accept that only by using force can we get Russia to the negotiation table’.  In the light of the upcoming Dutch Referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, the international relations students’ association Clio, together with Checks&Balances and Forum Committee, organized a public lecture, given by the Lithuanian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Darius Semaska. With ... Read More »

Politics in the Palmetto State

  An Analysis of the American Presidential Primaries in South Carolina Laura Groenendaal   Donald Trump is constantly on television, Hillary Clinton launched her campaign and the debates have started: The American Primary Presidential Elections are coming soon. At the moment of writing I am in South Carolina, nicknamed the Palmetto State, for an exchange. This southern state is both ... Read More »

Cambodian Sugar Rush

In our modern Western world, sugar is seen as something that is hidden in comfort foods that will make us fat if we overindulge. We think we are safe from it outside of candy stores and fast food establishments. Still, great amounts of sugar is to be found in a lot of processed foods. We try to avoid it because we ... Read More »

Exchange in Stellenbosch: Feeling Alive!

As the exams are drawing to a close, and more and more students are leaving this little town for greener (and considerably warmer) pastures, Stellenbosch surely is a different place than it was a mere month ago. At the moment, I’m snuggling up in my bed with a cup of hot chocolate, because the rain has been pouring down for ... Read More »

Rest in Peace Tomas Young

Monday, the 10th of November 2014, Tomas Young, an American Iraq war veteran, died at the age of 34 years. The death of Young Tomas is the death of a soldier and strongly committed anti-war activist who joined the army to risk his life for the people of the United States and then tried to prevent as many young Americans ... Read More »

The EU is making life hard for refugees

Four months ago, a 20-metre long fishing boat carrying more than 500 migrants from Libya sank near Lampedusa, an island of  the coast of Italy. More than 360 people died before the rescue services could reach them. Although many were shocked that such a tragedy could occur at the frontiers of Europe, at least the incident sparked a hope that ... Read More »

A Spiritual Guidance of the Nation

In a country far, far away there once was a dictator that controlled an entire nation. He was in charge of all three branches of government, plus the economy and the media. Everybody had to do as he pleased. He was the richest man of the country. But the dictator was not satisfied, he wanted more. And so the dictator ... Read More »