Iraq and Syria: of memory and maps

  The interests of outsiders, not those of the battered, bloodied and belittled peoples of Iraq and Syria, drive this brutal political theatre.   Syria and Iraq are no more. They have ceased to be!   Two modern states, originally carved out by the Sykes-Picot Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

With love and tolerance, Armenia’s Velvet Revolution

  Armenia’s emerging revolution isn’t about geopolitics or foreign relations, but values.   In 1978. Vaclav Havel wrote The Power of the Powerless, in which he argued against the communist regime, maintaining that it forced people to “live in a lie”. For Havel, Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

In Palestine: self-dehumanisation against the disregard of human value

  While the US was opening its new embassy in Jerusalem, dozens of Palestinians were being shot dead in Gaza by the Israeli army.   On the sixth week of the ‘Great March of Return’ in Gaza, Palestinian protestors dressed as Na’vi from Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Journalism’s key role in history – II

  In the short term, technology offers promising solutions for preventing, detecting and dismantling information manipulation.  Thanks to the progress made on artificial intelligence, today we have increasingly high-performance tools for identifying coordinated campaigns of false information, opposing the viral spread Thursday, April 19th, 2018

A woman to lead the UN: imminent or illusory?

  The 193-member General Assembly – one of the highest policy-making bodies at the United Nations – will get a much-needed break, come September, when a woman will preside over its 73rd session, only the fourth in the history of the Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Trump hurtles toward three nuclear crises

  One year into the unorthodox presidency of Donald Trump, the United States faces an array of complex and dangerous foreign policy challenges that require principled leadership, pragmatism, patience, and smart diplomacy.   So far, Trump has not exhibited any of these traits. Thursday, April 5th, 2018

If Brexit was hacked, shouldn’t we know exactly who paid?

  Yes, the Leave campaign probably cheated. And yes, Remain played unfair advantages. But where did the Brexit dark money actually come from? And how is it still shaping our democracy?   Hours before the Observer published fresh, damaging allegations about how the Thursday, March 29th, 2018

The Rawat Offensive

  Blend of impropriety and arrogance   The Chief of Army Staff of India, General Bipin Rawat, has not minced his words. He was unambiguous and forthright. At a seminar jointly organised by the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies and the Ministry of Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Shale oil will contribute to future crude price instability

  The consensus view that crude oil prices will range around $60 a barrel in coming years, with flexible US shale oil acting as a “swing producer” to prevent spikes, is comforting.   Neither the oil industry nor governments, consumers and investors have Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Long way to Afrin: Turkey’s strategic refugee policy aimed at electoral hegemony and regional political ambitions Megan Barlow

  Syrian ‘guests’ in Turkey have been used not only as political tools for foreign ambitions, but also for reinforcing the conservative and Islamist ideology promoted by Erdogan’s AKP.   On January 20, Turkey began its second military campaign in northern Syria. The Thursday, March 1st, 2018
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