International Relations

Let's Knock Down Walls, Not Build Them

Anton Georgiou | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anton Georgiou

Peace in Cyprus, has the opportunity to show the world that there is another way. We don't always have to point fingers and seek out a scapegoat. Even where there is little hope, and after 42 years, many Cypriots had lost hope, with determination and drive, anything is possible. I wish the leaders and those involved in the final stages of these peace talks endless luck. If they are successful, it will not only mean a great deal to my family and fellow Cypriots, it will also mean a lot to a world that at times feels like it has lost all hope.

Post Brexit, India Can Be UK's America To The East

Anshuman Rawat | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Anshuman Rawat

Most importantly, quite like the US, the Indo-UK partnership can rest assured on the very concrete edifice of both being thriving, liberal, and multi-cultural democracies. That means that the relationship cannot be marred by the whims and fancies of a closed system like, for example, that of China. The need is for an open heart and active feet.

After the Referendum: Where Now for the 48 Percenters?

Dr Jonathan Gilmore | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Jonathan Gilmore

It is going to be difficult, but not as difficult as attempting to achieve a return to national greatness by drawing Britain away from its closest trading partner and a major source of its power. Had the referendum gone the other way, the Brexiteers wouldn't have given up. The 48 percenters shouldn't either.

How Long Can Civil Society Be Ignored?

George McBride | Posted 17.04.2016 | UK
George McBride

The UN is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the drug policy debate as wealthy countries act unilaterally to bring about changes in their own countries, undermining the UN Drug Conventions but leaving them in place, unchanged.

Will Islamist Extremism Force China To Fight In Syria?

Tanya Silverman | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

Beijing's involvement in the Syrian conflict (seemingly, the "world's conflict") has so far concentrated on military and financial support to Bashar al-Assad. But, the People's Republic of China's reluctance to join the fight is being tested by reports of Muslim Uighur's making their way to join the multi-national ranks of ISIS.

The TTIP: A Challenge to China's Hegemony Dream on the Global Stage?

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Who will make the rules on the global stage, and what rules will be there? It may take years to see whether the TTIP and TPP mean less power and future influence for China on the global stage, especially in relation to the United States. Perhaps, only time will tell.

A Love Affair With Detective Conan: Anime and Sino-Japanese Relations

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Let's be frank. I will not deny that I've been fervently following the same Japanese anime series for 10 years: "Detective Conan (Case Closed)" has co...

Europe's Migrant Crisis: The Region's Past, Present, and Future

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Consider the word "crisis" in the modern world. Which would be the first geographical region that comes to your mind when you think about "crisis"? Maybe not Europe? At least, perhaps not until recent months, when the region became plagued with two major crises -- the financial one caused by our Greek friends, and the currently trending news item, the migrant crisis.

How Victorious was China's Victory Parade? -- The Potential Dangers of Looking Back

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

As seamlessly as Beijing's recent parade that commemorated China's World War II victory over Japan went, how victorious was the victory parade, really? Are there negative ramifications?

Kafkaesque Caucasus: The Interplay of Fear and Paranoia

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

Recently I have become very popular among my London circle. During a recent trip to South Ossetia I had been interrogated by the security services, wh...

China to Pull Up a Chair or Overturn the Conference Table?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 02.07.2016 | UK
Andy Langenkamp

Dangerous war aversion? In 1914, the global economy collapsed because the then superpowers declared war; whereas today, it is precisely the aversion ...

2015: Time to Invest in Our Global System

Natalie Samarasinghe | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Samarasinghe

This time the world has institutions, practices and early-warning systems in place to encourage more far-sighted policy-making. Political leadership, however, remains trapped in national agendas, or smaller. Unless that changes, unless governments - and the publics to whom they are accountable - embrace the need to use and refresh those institutions, we will have learnt nothing from the previous, and finite, eras of peace.

Scrap Trident - Thinking The Unthinkable

Paul Blanchard | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

In my view, those countries with a nuclear deterrent are putting themselves more at risk from today's threats. We're not spending our money wisely. We're taking the heat off those countries without nukes. They're letting us spend the cash on Trident while they focus on what matters: tackling terrorism and stopping the growth of terrorist groups.

Britain's Place in the World Is Under Threat

Jack Curtis | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jack Curtis

This May brings a General Election more unpredictable than any in recent memory. With both major parties remaining neck and neck in the polls and the continuing strength of the fringe parties, the likelihood of an outright majority for either seems remote.

Navigating the 'Arm Ukraine' Debate

Dr Rory Finnin | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Rory Finnin

There has been a lot of debate in the Western press over whether to supply Ukraine with defensive arms. How to make sense of all the editorialising? Which op-eds and columns should one take seriously? Consider the following questions:

Chinese Students Thrown Out Of Model UN Following Taiwan Dispute

The Huffington Post UK | Nick Winchester | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A number of Chinese delegates were thrown out of a Harvard Model United Nations meeting after they protested against the listing of Taiwan as an indep...

Of Russia, Figs and Boarding Passes

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

In places like the Vladikavkaz market, informal communities who have no idea what NGOs are may prove themselves much stronger and more dynamic in the defence of their interests than the marginalised NGOs themselves, which Russia attacks in a Cervantian manner reminiscent of tilting at windmills.

An Exploration of Ukraine's EU Neighbours in Light of the Ukraine Crisis

Niki O'Brien | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK
Niki O'Brien

As fighting in Eastern Ukraine continues with Russia backing the pro-Russian rebels, implications for Ukraine's Western neighbours are increasingly apparent.

The Price of Human Life After the MH17 Tragedy in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

I do not want to sound cynical in suggesting that human life has a price. It is priceless as far as I am concerned. But this is a world that is not of my making. It operates according to rules that are sometimes quite absurd, and whether we agree or not, there is a societal consensus that human life, too, has a price.

The Clash of Civilizations: Our New Global Order

Tom Johnson | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

We should have seen it all coming. The civil war and the underlying tensions rocked Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula should be no surprise to us. Indeed the unprecedented rise of Islamic extremism and the foundation of an organisation like ISIS, along with the independence and anti-EU movements in Britain, along with many other global issues.

Palestine: Something Must Be Done, But What and By Whom?

Gregor Cubie | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Cubie

As Israeli military operations reignited in Gaza on July 8, the familiar indignant echo of "something must be done" rang out around the liberal and non-interventionist quarters of the Western world in a show of solidarity with the trampled Palestinian people that, while admirable, all too often fails to delineate exactly to whom the appeals for reason should be addressed.

The Importance of Soft Power

Stephen Liddell | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Stephen Liddell

Most people are familiar with what is known as Hard Power. The idea that someone with more swords, bigger guns and overwhelming military ability can force someone to do something against their will but which is almost entirely in favour of those holding the gun. History is full of situations, the ancient Chinese, Persians, Romans all the way through to the British, French, American and Russians...

Some Pity for Putin

Gregor Smith | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Smith

Good old Vlad is propping up the news again as the shiftiest world leader. Apart from Kim Jong Un. Or Xi Jinping. Or King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Or - who's that bloke who controls the biggest, most notorious 'intelligence' agency in the world? Oh, of course, US President Barack Obama. Or, for that matter, his chum David Cameron...

Ukraine Officer Killed In Attack On Crimean Military Base

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK

An officer has been killed in an attack on a base in Crimea, the Ukrainian military has revealed. The death in the region's main town Simferopol is...

Swallowing Hard Truths: Russia, Britain, and LGBT Rights

Gregor Smith | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

It's been proposed that, since it's popular in Russian law, it's not the job of the Western world to change it. This is ridiculous on many levels. Firstly, a human rights violation is a human rights violation, regardless of whether anyone, majority or minority, elite or common, thinks it's a good thing.