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Cooperation & Competition in the Arctic Circle

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Climate change is more apparent in the Arctic Ocean than nearly anywhere else on the planet. In the coming decades, this area is likely to be of increasing interest to the international community, posing a myriad of security, commercial, and environmental concerns. As the polar ice caps melt, the area is becoming more accessible to both shipping and resource extraction, ... Read More »

Born into addiction- how opioids affect the next generation

‘Sarah Murray tends to two dozen babies in the neonatal therapeutic unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital. They shake. They vomit. Their inconsolable, high-pitched screams pierce the air. The symptoms can last for hours, days, or months.’ Every 19 minutes, one baby is born addicted to opioids in the United States. Opioid addiction is a growing epidemic in America. As the ... Read More »

François de Callières and the Practice of Diplomacy

This year we mark three hundred years since the first publication of one of the classic texts in the history of diplomacy: De la manière de négocier avec les souverains (translated as The Art of Diplomacy: On the manner of negotiating with princes). Published in 1716 by François de Callières, a French diplomat, author, an emissary of the King Louis XIV, ... Read More »

The Mountain of Men

Somewhere deep down in the second ‘leg’ of the peninsula of Chalkidiki, Greece, lays a mountain where only men live. Anyone wanting to see the stunning landscape surrounding Mount Athos, must be a man. A man, of course, in the sense of having the stereotypical features of what a man is supposed to be in our current social/societal understandings. Short ... Read More »

Brexit: Reflections From A New Britain

When I closed my eyes on the eve of the 23rd, I had no idea that I would be waking up at 5 am to the face of Nigel Farage, laughing hysterically. For the majority of people waking up on the 24th of June, the result of the referendum was nothing short of a complete and utter shock. Britain had ... Read More »

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 »

Localism, Internationalism, and Nationalism: A 21st Century Debate

written by Aleksis Oreschnikoff   Connectivity is all around us. We strive for network accessibility, and in many ways, location has shifted from geographical to virtual: when I’m online, where else would I be? Networks and data communications are developing at a speed that demands structural changes to our economic, political, and social systems. The emerging new structures will be largely ... Read More »

(Review) Orhan Pamuk: history, politics, and melancholy in modern Turkey

Studying scholarly facts-based history can sometimes elude us from understanding human experience in terms of feeling and emotion. We can often escape from the dangers of this (potentially) alienating experience by supplementing the study of classical accounts of history with other non-scholarly sources: historical fiction, memoirs, diaries, etc. In the current cross-cultural debate, one can find valuable insights in the ... Read More »

The European Left: All Eyes On Slovenia

The Left in Europe has shown glimpses of electoral success recently in both Greece and Spain. Even a grey-haired, bearded, self-titled socialist has been elected as the leader of the Labour party in the United Kingdom with a enormous mandate. Yet, the Left in Europe is still struggling to make any significant impact on the wider politics of Europe. Why ... Read More »