Is the Enemy of your Enemy in Fact your Friend?

Sometimes the art of international relations is paraphrased into truisms. One famous example is that ‘the enemy of your enemy is your friend’. As it is publicly known that India shares

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The Walter White That You Should Know

As the main character in third most watched show in US cable history, most people will know Breaking Bad’s Walter White. But instead of finding out on who this tv

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Bringing Atrocities to the Public Eye

As we can see now with the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, mass coverage can bring social tragedies to the public eye. With regards to China, this happened with the Olympic

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Is the ‘ASEAN Way’ finally bearing fruit?

For years, ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) was criticized and seen as stumbling block for the improvement of diplomatic relations. Today, this multilateral organization is only a few steps

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Turkey: A Country Torn Between Going East or West

By Yuri van Hoef With corruption scandals coming to light in December 2013, Istanbul’s Taksim square once again became the site of major anti-government protests. Earlier, in May 2013, what

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Has Global Warming Reached its Expiry Date?

The 2013 UN Climate Change Conference in Poland is being considered an utter failure. With 132 walkouts and an all but promising final agreement, one might conclude that creating follow-up

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Study Abroad: Scotland

Checks&Balances is writing a series of blogs from IRIO students studying abroad. Sander des Tombe is currently studying in Aberdeen, Scotland. In a stroll through the city, I noticed the

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Hands up! It’s the Language Police!

Oh no, you have not misread the title. This specialized office has the remarkable duty of, for example, fining restaurants that inaccurately call their pasta ‘pasta’ or those who give

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Review: The Fog of War

With the academic year nearly at an end, is it possible that you over-satisfied your yearly reading needs? Apart from some well-deserved relaxation, the decade’s worth of documentaries that is

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Southern Ambition: from and for the South

Development aid has always been an incredibly sensitive and difficult area for NGOs to achieve success in. In an interview with Moses Karmali, the founder of Southern Ambition, we discussed

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