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Tactical Instability on the South China Sea and Sino-American Decoupling

October 30, 2018

By Axel Dessein 30 October 2018 In late September 2018, a Chinese Luyang-class destroyer nearly collided with the American destroyer U.S.S. Decatur during a Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea. These operations are essentially aimed at signalling a commitment to keeping the sea lanes open, the near-collision demonstrates that such commitments … Continue reading “Tactical Instability on the South China Sea and Sino-American Decoupling”


Privatising Peace: The Plight of Rural Communities in a Post-Peace Agreement Colombia

October 26, 2018

By Laura Knöpfel  26 October 2018   In November 2016, the Colombian president and representatives of FARC-EP (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo), the then largest  guerrilla group of the country, signed a peace agreement to end the decades long war. The war particularly affected rural communities, some of which had been … Continue reading “Privatising Peace: The Plight of Rural Communities in a Post-Peace Agreement Colombia”


Just Who Are the YPG?

October 22, 2018

By Ed Nash 22 October 2018     Donald Trump recently praised what he described as the sacrifice of Kurds in the fight against ISIS across Iraq and Syria to the international press. His declaration was made shortly after the State Department removed the previous rather limited reference to the Syrian Kurdish militias known as … Continue reading “Just Who Are the YPG?”


Hizbul Mujahideen in Assam: A non-existential threat

October 17, 2018

By M.A. Athul, published 17 October 2018   Assam, in Northeast India,  has been experienced a long spell of ethnic insurgency since 1979. Yet the state is witnessing a consolidation of peace and stability, (the insurgency related fatalities has fallen from 305 in 2014 to nine in 2018), with ethnic insurgent violence in its last leg. … Continue reading “Hizbul Mujahideen in Assam: A non-existential threat”


The buck passing stops here on European norms for drones

October 11, 2018

By Delina Goxho   The most recent Trump administration changes to the policies regulating drone strikes are still secret, but what we do know sets a dangerous precedent on the use of armed drones and the use of force broadly, with strong implications to the USA as well as Europe. . The current U.S. policy … Continue reading “The buck passing stops here on European norms for drones”


The rule of law or rule of politics? Narratives from Timor-Leste on tip-toeing the “law”

October 5, 2018

By Sapna Reheem Shaila*   Eighteen years ago, Timor-Leste was on the tip of the tongue of every international law enthusiast along with Kosovo, when the UN set its transitional administration in the country. After Timor-Leste restored its independence, international partners, especially the UN, assisted the country in adopting new laws and institutions as part of … Continue reading “The rule of law or rule of politics? Narratives from Timor-Leste on tip-toeing the “law””


Strife Review – Khaled Hosseini, Sea Prayer: Refugees, Storytelling and the importance of Human Dignity

October 3, 2018

By Anna Plunkett   “I have heard it said that we are the uninvited. We are the unwelcome. We should take our misfortune elsewhere. But I hear your mother’s voice, Over the tide, And she whispers in my ear, ‘Oh, but if they saw, my darling. Even half of what you have. If only they … Continue reading “Strife Review – Khaled Hosseini, Sea Prayer: Refugees, Storytelling and the importance of Human Dignity”


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