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Peacekeepers in the Donbas: Pro et Contra

May 30, 2019

by Daria Platonova 31 May 2019 The conflict between the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk[1] in the east of Ukraine (known as “the Donbas” or “Donbass” in Russian) has been raging since 2014. It started locally, when numerous anti-government protests in the Donbas were sparked by the radical changes of … Continue reading “Peacekeepers in the Donbas: Pro et Contra”


Chavez Versus Maduro: Who Did It Worse?

May 29, 2019

by Roisin Murray 29 May 2019 For most of the late twentieth-century, Venezuela was considered the most stable democracy in Latin America, held up as an example for its volatile Latin American neighbours. Venezuela is renowned for being a country rich in natural assets. It is a major producer of oil, as well as a … Continue reading “Chavez Versus Maduro: Who Did It Worse?”


Out of Balance: A Review of Women’s Rights in Myanmar

May 27, 2019

by Anna Plunkett 27 May 2019 Myanmar is a country that has sprung to global attention in the last few years, its seemingly self-led non-violent transition towards democracy was soon tarnished by the systematic ethnic cleansing of the country’s Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State. At the epicentre of these storms has been Daw Aung San … Continue reading “Out of Balance: A Review of Women’s Rights in Myanmar”


EU Foreign Policy: More Grand Delusion than Grand Strategy

May 23, 2019

by Eliz Peck 24 May 2019 Henry Kissinger once said that “no foreign policy – no matter how ingenious – has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none”. With the EU divided not just between – but within – its member … Continue reading “EU Foreign Policy: More Grand Delusion than Grand Strategy”


Making a Documentary: South Vietnamese Veterans Tell Their Forgotten Story

May 21, 2019

By Hugh Pham 22 May 2019 On 24 April 2018, in Westminster, California, also known as Little Saigon in Orange County, Hugh-Doan Pham interviewed four veterans of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) at the Museum of the Republic of Vietnam. This small building, privately-operated by a handful of volunteers holds events and … Continue reading “Making a Documentary: South Vietnamese Veterans Tell Their Forgotten Story”


The Burmese Civil War: Seventy Years and Counting

May 20, 2019

By Ed Nash 20 May 2019 The world’s current longest running war, the internal conflict in Burma (also known as Myanmar) receives but limited attention in the outside world. Considering the complexities of the conflict, as well as the growing importance of neighbouring countries and an increasingly assertive China, it may be useful for any … Continue reading “The Burmese Civil War: Seventy Years and Counting”


A Balancing Act? Women’s Participation in Indian Politics

May 16, 2019

By Saawani Raje 17 May 2019 On 9 August 1942, Aruna Asaf Ali walked into a highly charged gathering of thousands of Indians at the Gowalia Tank Maidan in Mumbai and unfurled the tricolour flag launching the ‘Quit India’ movement against British rule. A prominent political leader in the Indian nationalist movement, she later went … Continue reading “A Balancing Act? Women’s Participation in Indian Politics”


al-Shabaab’s Anatomy: A Study in Context

May 14, 2019

by Leonardo Palma 15 May 2019 Chronic instability in the Horn of Africa, with clear repercussions for Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, and Mozambique, has reinforced a process of aggregation within Islamists groups that include nationalist fringes, maritime pirates and organised crime groups. While this region is under the influence of al-Qa’ida in Eastern Africa (AQEA), the … Continue reading “al-Shabaab’s Anatomy: A Study in Context”


Feature — Winning the Disinformation War Against the West

May 12, 2019

By Andrzej Kozłowski 13 May 2019 The rapid expansion of the Internet in the nineties encouraged the expectation among Western politicians and experts that liberal democracy would come to dominate the world and authoritarian regimes would slowly collapse. It was hoped that the easy and fast access to uncensored information would strengthen civil society and opposition in … Continue reading “Feature — Winning the Disinformation War Against the West”


Widows and Children of the Caliphate’s Last Stand

May 9, 2019

By Miles Vining 9 April 2019 “She soaked a big rag with bright red blood. We put a new one on and it soaked up a whole rag again within two minutes, bleeding a lot. Does that anti… Elliah, what do we do?….”. Our Chief Medic Elliah responds over the radio sets with, “Okay, is … Continue reading “Widows and Children of the Caliphate’s Last Stand”


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