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John Kerry has lambasted Russia's latest move into Ukraine's territory (Flickr / APEC 2013)

Russia Ukraine Crisis: John Kerry Slams ‘Incredible Act of Aggression’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine and threatened G8 sanctions against Moscow

France in Geneva – Why the Iranian Nuclear Talks failed

The decision of France to block an Iran agreement Geneva reminds us that as much as countries chafe under American influence they fear its absence more.

Sri Lanka: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

The 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is being held in the capital city of Colombo, Sri Lanka, from the 15th – 17th of November 2013. The last CHOGM was held in 2011 in Perth, Australia and the first ever CHOGM was held in 1971 in Singapore.

Kowtowing to Chinese investment: George Osborne’s China trade mission

On this 21st century mission to China, George Osborne's intention is clear. Britain is in desperate need of investment and will, unlike George McCartney's 1793 mission, happily prostrate itself and kowtow to receive such.

Mirror, mirror on the wall: who is the fairest of them all?

When Nina Davaluri recently won Miss America she was bombarded with racial bigotry via social media sites such as Twitter. What was less picked up on, however, is that being dark skinned she , in all likelihood, would not have won such a beauty contest in her parents’ native India.

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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Teen Mohammed Mubarak on West Bank Highway

Conflicting reports emerge as Palesitnian teen shot dead by IDF forces on West Bank highway

The End of R2P?

Eight years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, have we come to the end of R2P?

JFK: Substance as well as style

Fifty years after the events in Dallas on 22 November 1963, John F. Kennedy’s legacy is very much alive. Whilst his assassination continues to generate conspiracy theories and debate, so does his presidency

Russia to Moldova: Winter is coming

Just three weeks away from the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, Russia puts pressure on the small country of Moldova to turn away from its European ambitions.

In defence of the Royal Navy

Recently, Foreign Policy published an article by Robert Beckhusen scathingly titled ‘Here are all the things the British Military can’t do anymore’.

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Death and the city: the death penalty in Singapore

October 10th was the World Day against the Death Penalty. Singapore is one of 40 countries that still practices corporal and capital punishment. It had until recently the highest number of executions per inhabitant in the world.

Oil companies for education in Equatorial Guinea

In an age of shrinking public budgets, an increasing number of developing countries are turning to public-private partnerships to provide services to some of the world’s poorest citizens.

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Ebenezaer Hannah Home

‘Live by faith’: The Ebenezer Hannah Home in South Africa

The Ebenezer Hannah Home in South Africa gives a home to those who don’t have one. Set up by the Johannesburg Indian Women's Association, it is home to the young and the elderly. WO's Kritika Bharadwaj visits the Ebenezer home to gain an inside perspective of the running of an orphanage and the social issues that plague South African society.

From independence to using pandas: shifts in Chinese diplomacy

The combined effort of hard - and soft power - diplomacy could make China an even bigger force to be reckoned with on the international stage.

The curious case of European youth unemployment: an inconvenient truth

Mind the gap between university and your first job. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Is the EU labour market for young graduates really turning into a gridlock?

Are drone strikes fuelling terrorism?

Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani student who was shot in the face by the Taliban recently met with President Obama and the first family. Missing out on the Nobel Peace Prize, Yousefazai’s passion and bravery in campaigning for the education of girls in Pakistan is unprecedented.

What to do with a problem called Kim?

Recent activities in North Korea once again highlight the regime's blatant disregard for international law. In light of all the recent news about North Korea, what attitude should the US and its allies adopt towards Pyongyang?

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Why the EU response to NSA leaks is contradictory

It has recently emerged that the US is watching EU leaders. Phone calls are being tapped. Ironically the media is not the perpetrator in this situation and has developed an obsession with the EU’s theatrical outraged reaction to American cyber spying activities.

Can South Korea’s military successfully reorient its strategic priorities?

In an earlier article for the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), I argued that in order for the U.S.-South Korean alliance to effectively counter threats emanating from North Korea (DPRK), South Korea (ROK) must gradually move away from its Army-centric culture to accommodate jointness among the four services.

Mauritius: honeymoon destination and human rights paradise?

Mauritius, best known as a honeymoon destination, took its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council this week. Lets take this as a reason to analyse what the island state in the Indian Ocean undertakes to guarantee the human rights of its citizens.

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Rouhani vs. Netanyahu: Israel’s growing unease over US-Iran relations

You may think that Israel benefits from a diplomatic solution for Iran’s nuclear standoff. However, the paradoxical conclusion is that Israel’s interests are to retain the status quo by discouraging every substantial deal on that matter. Iran on the other hand is prepared to attain sustainable negotiations, argues this author.

Germany’s green fingers

Angela Merkel’s landslide victory at the German federal elections has placed Germany in green spotlights once again. Yet, what is it with Germany's sacrosanct green obsession with expensive renewable energies? Why do German political parties, irrespective of their ideological affiliations, rely so heavily on observing Green footprint as their first commandment when setting up their political agendas?

EDL

EDL: Life without Tommy and Kev

Last Tuesday came with the shocking news that two of the most prominent figures of the EDL had stepped down. Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll stated that they could not control the “extremist elements” of the EDL, thus were forced to terminate their involvement.

Reconstructing the housing market: Is Help to Buy built on weak foundations?

Boom. Bust. No setup encapsulates the vitality and volatility of our economic and governmental systems quite like the housing market. The past 40 years have been set to the backdrop of blown and burst bubbles. Policy makers have failed to prevent this trend.

Europe

John Kerry has lambasted Russia's latest move into Ukraine's territory (Flickr / APEC 2013)

Russia Ukraine Crisis: John Kerry Slams ‘Incredible Act of Aggression’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine and threatened G8 sanctions against Moscow

North America

UNSC

The End of R2P?

Eight years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, have we come to the end of R2P?

Asia

Sri Lanka Commonwealth heads of government meeting

Sri Lanka: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

The 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is being held in the capital city of Colombo, Sri Lanka, from the 15th – 17th of November 2013. The last CHOGM was held in 2011 in Perth, Australia and the first ever CHOGM was held in 1971 in Singapore.

ROK Navy

Can South Korea’s military successfully reorient its strategic priorities?

In an earlier article for the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), I argued that in order for the U.S.-South Korean alliance to effectively counter threats emanating from North Korea (DPRK), South Korea (ROK) must gradually move away from its Army-centric culture to accommodate jointness among the four services.

Chinese Panda

From independence to using pandas: shifts in Chinese diplomacy

The combined effort of hard - and soft power - diplomacy could make China an even bigger force to be reckoned with on the international stage.

Africa

Ebenezaer Hannah Home

‘Live by faith’: The Ebenezer Hannah Home in South Africa

The Ebenezer Hannah Home in South Africa gives a home to those who don’t have one. Set up by the Johannesburg Indian Women's Association, it is home to the young and the elderly. WO's Kritika Bharadwaj visits the Ebenezer home to gain an inside perspective of the running of an orphanage and the social issues that plague South African society.

mauritius

Mauritius: honeymoon destination and human rights paradise?

Mauritius, best known as a honeymoon destination, took its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council this week. Lets take this as a reason to analyse what the island state in the Indian Ocean undertakes to guarantee the human rights of its citizens.

Equatorial Guinea

Oil companies for education in Equatorial Guinea

In an age of shrinking public budgets, an increasing number of developing countries are turning to public-private partnerships to provide services to some of the world’s poorest citizens.