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Strife Series | Complicated relationships #2 – The Safavid Empire and the historical backdrop of Sunni-Shia relations

August 29, 2017

By Faruk Rahmanovic The role of the Safavid Empire in understanding Sunni-Shia relations cannot be overstated. Lasting from 1501 to 1722, the Safavid Empire was born in modern-day Iran,[1] just as the political situation in the Middle East began to stabilize after nearly 400 years of various foreign invasions.[2] The remnants of political chaos left … Continue reading “Strife Series | Complicated relationships #2 – The Safavid Empire and the historical backdrop of Sunni-Shia relations”


Strife Feature | Contemporary Russian foreign policy – Examining the Ukraine crisis

August 21, 2017

By William Moray The 2014 Ukrainian Revolution – or Revolution of Dignity – and the subsequent Donbass War (Donbas, in Ukrainian) severely impacted the relations Russia held not only with Ukraine but also the international community. Moscow’s involvement in this conflict holds few secrets. Russian annexation of Crimea and its support provided to secessionist rebels in Donbas … Continue reading “Strife Feature | Contemporary Russian foreign policy – Examining the Ukraine crisis”


Strife Series | Complicated relationships – History’s Influence in Estonia-Russia Relations

August 16, 2017

By Neil Siviter Despite its relatively small population and size, Estonia – the northernmost Baltic state bordering Russia and Latvia – has been increasingly viewed by experts as a zone of possible confrontation between Russia and the West. In light of heightened tensions in this region, how can history help us understand contemporary Estonia-Russia relations? … Continue reading “Strife Series | Complicated relationships – History’s Influence in Estonia-Russia Relations”


The Tactical Failure of the Qatari Blockade

August 4, 2017

By Marie Chetcuti Recently, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain have launched draconian measures against Qatar, charging their Emirate neighbour of funding terrorism, maintaining intimate relations with Iran, and for their partisan reporting through the state-owned channel Al-Jazeera. In order to understand the dimensions and motivations of Qatar’s diplomatic blockade, it is … Continue reading “The Tactical Failure of the Qatari Blockade”


The South China Sea: Understanding the Dragon’s Appetite for Islands

August 1, 2017

By Sarah Choong Ee Mei According to an ancient Chinese war treatise, as described in Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, “if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.’’ [1] Despite the fact that the South China Sea island disputes are one of the biggest … Continue reading “The South China Sea: Understanding the Dragon’s Appetite for Islands”


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