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No More Singing Protest

I had the pleasure of watching the documentary Searching for Sugar Man last week. A movie that focuses on the life of the biggest rock icon America has never had. Despite a promising start of his career, his first albums flopped and he dropped out of the music business. But through a most ironic twist of fate he ended up becoming a ... Read More »

Realist Theory in Game of Thrones

The popularity of TV series about (fictional) political worlds is thriving. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by IR scholars. The acclaimed IR journal Foreign Affairs has published analyzations of the political ins and outs of the TV shows like Homeland and Boardwalk Empire. However, the one most discussed TV series is Game of Thrones. One could say an IR debate is ... Read More »

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 »

London: A Tale of Tower Blocks & Ghost Towns.

As inequality continues to skyrocket unabatedly, we should all take a look at what is happening within our cities and towns. London, a true playground for the rich, has recently appeared in the media because of new, and extremely controversial, housing developments popping up all over the city. You would think that a city facing a housing crisis would be ... Read More »

Britain and the EU: An Unavoidable Referendum

David Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union before holding a referendum on the country’s membership by the end of 2017. This in/out referendum on Britain’s membership has for years been craved, derided, and resolutely ignored in more or less equal measure by the various elements of Britain’s political establishment. For some in Britain, a referendum on ... Read More »

It Is the Small State that Is Concerned About the Effectiveness of the International Laws the Most

When in 1569 the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was created, Lithuania ceased to exist. It was only visible on maps mostly as part of Poland and since 1795 as a part of the Russian Empire. Starting from 1918, Lithuania experienced 22 years of independence until it was occupied by the Soviets in 1940. Notwithstanding, the country managed to prevail, to maintain its language ... Read More »

The Greeks, the Pope, and the Euro’s Soul

What do the Pope’s visit to South America and the almost TV-series-worthy developments in Greece have in common? Even though the Pope claims to have no political intentions, with his passionate critique of economic injustice and environmental degradation, he would make a formidable politician. Visiting Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay, he is set to address the incredibly sore and widespread income ... 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 »