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Interview with Siruan H. Hossein

Below you can find the original questions that we asked to Mr Hossein, founder of ARTA FM, and his responses, in their exact wording. Also check out the article, here. C&B: When exactly was Arta FM established, by whom and with which goals in mind? Siruan H. Hossein: ARTA FM first went on Air on July 6th 2013 in Amuda ... Read More »

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 tense bilateral ties with both China and Pakistan, could we see a new friendship arise between the latter two? The Sino-Pakistan Trade Corridor Project seems to support this notion and ... Read More »

Caught Between the Great Powers: Azerbaijan

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the peculiar Republic of Azerbaijan has risen out of Russia’s shadow and has increasingly been entering the world stage. This oil-rich state finds itself adhering to the stereotypes of oil states. As the most prosperous country in the Caucasus, it also fosters the corresponding corruption and oppression. The current president of Azerbaijan, Ilham ... Read More »

The Failure of the ‘War on Drugs’: Drug Trafficking in West Africa

As the West Africa Commission’s on Drugs (WACD) report asserts, since the mid-2000s drug offences have ‘taken on a dimension that threatens the security, governance and development trajectory’ of the West African countries. The convergence of international drug cartels and diverse West African criminal networks has played a major role in political upheavals, such as those processed in Guinea-Bissau and ... Read More »

A Venezuelan Spring: Undermined by Fragmentation and Geopolitical Stakes?

By José-Manuel Heinze Power cuts, shortages of goods, staggering inflation, corruption and crime rates ranking among the highest on the continent, have become common features in the record of Venezuela. As of recently, domestic turmoil that has been the largest in a decade and have thrown the country into a serious domestic crisis, can be added to this record. The ... Read More »

Ukraine in Turmoil: a Local View

The European headlines currently are filled with the turmoil in Ukraine. Every day there is new developments in the East of the country with the “pro-Russian separatists” taking control of an increasing number of official buildings and strategic positions. We read about the resurrection of an already buried Cold War rhetoric. The Western alliance gathers together to impose sanctions and ... Read More »

The Life of a Diplomat: Assassination in Khartoum

On March 1, 1973, a terrorist attack led by the Black September Organization took place at the Saudi Arabian embassy based in Khartoum, Sudan. Five diplomats were taken hostage, of which only two survived. Jan-Willem Bertens, who was not only a diplomat in Uruguay, Costa Rica and Sudan, but also the party leader of D-66 in the European Parliament, and ... Read More »

A Civilian Force Opposing A Drug Cartel

The war the Mexican government is waging against drug cartels has dragged along for years and resulted in nothing but more instability and civilian casualties. The government simply doesn’t seems to be able to get a grip on these huge organizations. As a reaction to this, a new ‘force’ entered the game and already has one of the major cartels, ... Read More »

Move Over Somalia, here´s Africa´s Next Failed State

After 20 years of bloody conflict and several failed international interventions, Somalia finally seems to have turned the tides and to be heading towards stability. Although Al-Shabab is still a serious threat, it is losing ground to the troops of the African Union. This of course is great for Somalian government, the African Union and the Somali people in general, ... Read More »