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Model UN Explores Challenge of Change

From 13th to 19th July 2015, university students from around the world gathered in The Hague for the annual conference of The European International Model United Nations. Now in its 28th year, TEIMUN is the oldest model United Nations in mainland Europe and serves as an inclusive forum within which the diplomats and leaders of the future can exchange ideas ... Read More »

The Tragedy of the 21st Century’s Europe

For refugees, asylum-seeking process in the EU is a major problem. On the one hand, the population of some member states does not welcome African or Middle Eastern immigrants. On the other hand, there are no more places for immigrants in the EU, thus the applications are being rejected. This makes us wonder how effective are the EU’s responses to ... Read More »

The Real Crisis in Ukraine

With the conflict in Eastern Ukraine simmering on for more than a year now, global public attention has largely moved on to other theaters of conflict. From a strategic perspective though, one statistic about Ukraine still deserves thorough analysis: In 1990, the total Ukrainian population was about 52 million people, today it is less than 46 million, with UN estimates ... Read More »

NATO – Defensive or Offensive?

NATO’s Military Buildup Near the Russian Border By Alexandra Voinescu The European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) operation is incorporated in the North Atlantic Council’s agenda. The EPAA constitutes of Ballistic Missile Defenses (BMD) located in Poland and Romania. NATO justified the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) deployment, constructed with US technology, in Romania and Poland as a defensive measure to counter Iran’s nuclear program. ... Read More »

Sanctions vs. Sanctions: Poking the Bear?

Poke a bear and he pokes you back. Putin raises his shoulders about Russia’s renewed sanctions against the West: “The government turned to me with an appeal,” he claims. Well okay, let’s not blame Putin for this one then. Wednesday’s announcement of the extension of Russia’s ban against most food imports from the US, EU, Australia, Canada and Norway came ... Read More »

Move over the Donbass, new fault lines are in sight.

With the conflict in Eastern Ukraine lingering on into a ceasefire that does not really live up to its name, the international community should nevertheless take a broader view. As Russia seems to be on a path to reasserting a more dominant role in regional politics, a multitude of conflicts that have been “frozen” pretty much since the end of ... Read More »

BOOK REVIEW: Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton

  Hillary Clinton’s autobiography on her experiences as American Secretary of State under President Obama can primarily be characterized as patriotic and a political work in preparation for Clinton’s second run for the U.S. presidency. Without neglecting mistakes made in the past by US officials, Clinton observes the world she lives and operates in. She does so as is requested ... Read More »

Into the Deep Web: The Silk Road Marketplace

Hello again, Last week we took at look at the basics of the Deep Web, how it worked and how you can get access. But other than hiding your radical book club from the all-seeing eye of Google and Bing, what is the point of creating a Deep Web website, it won’t generate a lot of traffic since nobody can ... 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 »

A Voice for Tolerance, a Voice for Hope

Northern Syria is surely not a place that produces much good news at the moment. The Syrian civil war is in its fourth year, the advance of the Islamic State has shown to the world what atrocities Syrians have to face and the desperate struggle for Kobani is still not decided. And yet one can find stories of cooperation, tolerance ... Read More »