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February 11, 2022

Confront climate change – not Russia!

Ian Budge The climate catastrophe has been forgotten, Ian Budge argues, as NATO extends itself up to the Russian border. Stopping Russia destroying its natural environment should be the real imperative for the West. Recognising this would soften both sides’ aggressive reactions and ease the way to an equable settlement over Ukraine. Read more
February 4, 2022

Putin's high-risk poker game in Ukraine

Albrecht Rothacher Albrecht Rothacher argues that Putin’s power play over Ukraine, while being driven by the West’s current weakness, serves neither Russia or the West. The two sides should, instead, lower tensions and address together several long-standing issues at the heart of current international instability Read more
November 4, 2021

Improvement in Iranian-European relations is possible – and the EU should play its part

Mahmoud Javadi Relations between Iran and Europe are in a pretty poor state. But Mahmoud Javadi argues that there are avenues for improvement through identification of 'shared interests' – and the EU can, and should, play its part Read more
November 2, 2021

EU foreign policy is damaging relations with China, and dividing EU member states

Xuechen Chen Xuechen Chen and Xinchuchu Gao argue that the EU’s decision to securitise China lies behind the recent deterioration in EU-China relations. Yet divergent views among member states are hampering EU policy, resulting in incoherent and inconsistent implementation at national levels Read more
October 28, 2021

The new James Bond film is an echo of today’s culture wars

Dan Lomas The new James Bond film, No Time to Die, is not so much a ‘woke’ Bond as a reflection of real world change in gender and diversity in the UK intelligence agencies, writes Dan Lomas, even if that change is frustratingly slow and unfinished Read more
September 13, 2021

Threats to states’ identity are equally important as threats to state borders

Gabriella Gricius States face not just threats to their physical security, but also to their sense of self and biographical continuity. This is what we call securitisation. Understanding the process of securitisation can uncover taken-for-granted colonial and imperial influences that would otherwise remain hidden, writes Gabriella Gricius Read more
August 30, 2021

How political leaders ‘securitise’ external threats to achieve their goals

Dionysios Stivas ‘Securitising’ an alleged external threat can be a convenient tool for political leaders to justify extreme measures and policies. Dionysios Stivas looks at the case of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s handling of asylum seekers in 2015 Read more
July 1, 2021

How knowledge sharing could advance Africa’s responses to terrorism

Sven Botha Scant counterterrorism initiatives in Africa have often been blamed on a lack of political will. But institutional capacity, technical competency, decolonisation struggles and pressure from national advocacy groups all play their part. As Africa’s terrorism worsens, Sven Botha and Suzy Graham suggest that peer-learning through peer review may prove fruitful Read more

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