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    The Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh and the Impact of COVID-19 on International Diplomacy

The Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh and the Impact of COVID-19 on International Diplomacy

In this article, Ayla Göl discusses the recent conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. She places the fighting in the larger history of the tensions between the two countries over this disputed territory and argues both that the international community can no longer ignore this conflict and that COVID-19 made diplomatic efforts to end the fighting much […]

November 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|2 Comments|
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    Uparming ‘Little Sparta’: The Impact of Emirati F-35s on Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge and the History of Arab Military Effectiveness

Uparming ‘Little Sparta’: The Impact of Emirati F-35s on Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge and the History of Arab Military Effectiveness

In this post Jack Sargent explores the implications of the US’s intention to sell the F-35 fighter jet to the United Arab Emirates. He argues that this move could present a serious challenge to Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge, despite the fact that similar US deals with Egypt and Saudi Arabia have failed to overcome Israeli dominance in the region. 

 

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November 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    Recovering Britain’s Trading Paramountcy in Argentina after 1914 and its Modern-Day Parallels for British Trade Diplomacy

Recovering Britain’s Trading Paramountcy in Argentina after 1914 and its Modern-Day Parallels for British Trade Diplomacy

In this article Jordan Buchanan examines the decline in British trading paramountcy in Argentina between 1914 and 1929 and explores the diplomatic efforts made by Britain to protect its economic interests. He draws parallels between British-Argentinian negotiations in 1929 and the current trade negotiations being undertaken by the British government in the wake of Brexit and argues that Britain […]

October 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    Reclaiming ‘Colombian’ identity: the toppling of the Belalcázar monument

Reclaiming ‘Colombian’ identity: the toppling of the Belalcázar monument

In this article, Charlotte Eaton explores the significance of the recent toppling of the Sebastián de Belalcázar statue in Popayán, Colombia. She looks at the decision of the Colombian authorities to commission this, and other statues, to Spanish sculptors in the 1930s. Thus, she argues that the importance of this act by a group of indigenous protestors lies in […]

October 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|1 Comment|
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    Were the Bahrain-Israel and Israel-UAE agreements historic deals?

Were the Bahrain-Israel and Israel-UAE agreements historic deals?

In this article, Jeremy Pressman analyses the recent normalisation of relations agreements between Bahrain, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He places the deals within the wider history of Arab-Israeli relations in the Middle East and compares them to previous diplomatic breakthroughs in the region. Ultimately, he concludes that while the agreements are a modest diplomatic achievement, they […]

September 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|21 Comments|
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    Review Essay | Right to Mourn: Trauma, Empathy, and Korean War Memorials by Suhi Choi

Review Essay | Right to Mourn: Trauma, Empathy, and Korean War Memorials by Suhi Choi

In the post-World War era, an increasing number of western democracies have sought to achieve legitimacy by acknowledging the violence tainting their historic pasts. These admissions have resulted in the creation of reconcilliation commissions, courts prosecuting war criminals, restitution to the victims of conflict, and the construction of memorials. Here, Akshita Mathur reviews Suhi Choi’s ‘Right to Mourn’ – […]

September 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Yezidis: Melodies of Mourning and Remembrance

In this article Kasia Micklem explores the revival of musical traditions among Yezidi communities in refugee camps in Iraq and argues that through music the ostracised populace is able to preserve its history, identity and heritage despite systematic attacks by the so-called Islamic State to erase the non-Muslim ‘other’.

The Yezidis are a Kurdish-speaking religious minority that first emerged as […]

September 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Review Essay | Dalit: A Quest for Dignity

In this essay Arushi Vats reviews ‘Dalit: A Quest for Dignity’, published in 2018 by the Nepal Picture Library. The work is a unique collection of photographs that seek to capture the lives of the Dalit populace, an ostracised minority, over six decades in Nepal. Vats analyses the interaction between readers, photographers and the subjects of the compendium, musing […]

August 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    In Plain Sight: Black Lives Matter and Italy’s Colonial Past

In Plain Sight: Black Lives Matter and Italy’s Colonial Past

The shooting of George Floyd sent shockwaves across the world, as protests against police brutality, racism, and symbols of slavery and colonial oppression escalated rapidly, often resulting in physical violence. In this article, Marianna Griffini explores the repercussions of the Black Lives Matter movement on Italy’s vexed relationship with its colonial past.

In the wake of the killing of […]

August 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

Hafez al-Assad’s Legacy and the Syrian Civil War

In 2010 the Arab Spring and subsequent armed rebellions destabilised authoritarian regimes in the Middle-East and North Africa, causing the downfall of many long-standing dictators and oligarchs. Although Syria was engulfed by the movement and the Civil War that followed, unlike his counterparts, President Bashar al-Assad survived the onslaught and has since regained control of most of the nation. […]

August 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|1 Comment|