The G7 in a Modern Era: A Necessary Repurposing?

In this piece, Angus Lee traces the conception and early functions of the G7 and compares it to its modern existence. He argues that it still retains a unique position in international affairs and explores its advantages and the ways it can be better utilised. 

This June, Germany will host the 48th[1] G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria. The […]

April 6th, 2022|Featured|0 Comments|
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    The blow of the axe and the echo of the forest: Re-visiting colonial foundational myths from a critical environmental perspective.

The blow of the axe and the echo of the forest: Re-visiting colonial foundational myths from a critical environmental perspective.

In this piece Camilo Arango Duque uses the case study of the Colombian region of Antioquia to explore how particular ideas of the human relationship with nature are constructed. He argues that revisiting the area’s indigenous past reveals a less adversarial association, and that appreciation of this and similar histories could have global significance for new environmental policies.

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April 5th, 2022|Featured|0 Comments|
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    History as the consistent and determining driver of Russia’s strategy

History as the consistent and determining driver of Russia’s strategy

In this post, Sebastian Petric argues that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy and strategy is consistently driven by his understanding of recent European and Russian history. He explores how Putin’s views on this history have shaped his approach to regional geopolitical crises in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

With the end of the Cold War and the disintegration of […]

February 17th, 2022|Featured|0 Comments|

Language and Hegemony in Sri Lanka: Omissions as Ominous Signs?

In this post Stephanie Nicolle examines the histories of language in Sri Lanka and analyses the implications of the growing presence of Mandarin on public signage in the country. She explores the relationship between language and political power and provides a critique of how language omissions are symptomatic of projects that promote one language.
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September 20th, 2021|Featured|0 Comments|

Global Britain: continuity or delusion?

In this post, Ben Wynne historicises the term ‘Global Britain’ in the 20th century. He argues that there is nothing new about the sentiment behind this phrase and suggests it should not be dismissed as a recent invention of Brexit supporters.

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union is often put down to a desire to regain something of its […]

Intelligence as a Diplomatic Tool: An Israeli History

In this post, Matteo Bulzomi explores Israel’s use of its intelligence services to achieve its diplomatic and foreign policy goals. He argues that Israel’s intelligence capabilities are key for understanding its external affairs and relationships with foreign countries, especially the United States.

 

Israel’s position in the international panorama has always been problematic. The never-solved Palestinian issue is the main cause […]

La Physiocratie in South America, an Enduring Legacy

In this post Camilo Arango Duque examines the enduring legacy of the Physiocratic School and argues that its impact on politics and policy in South America needs to be addressed in order to ensure greater environmental protection. 

Physiocracy is a French economic school that originated in the 18th century during the Enlightenment. The initial recognition gained by its postulates was brief and waned in […]

‘Don’t tell me things can’t change’: Biden’s First 100 Days

In this post, Michael Reynolds explores President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office. He compares Biden’s efforts to rescue the American economy from the COVID-19 pandemic to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and his battle to end the Great Depression. He also discusses Biden’s emerging progressivism and the ways it is similar and different to Roosevelt’s.

 

The fact […]

The Biden Administration and European Strategic Autonomy

In this post, Greg O’Meara examines the US policy toward European security and defence integration. He argues that this integration, and calls for ‘European strategic autonomy,’ are better understood as a response to American demands for greater European contributions to international security rather than intractable fractures in the Atlantic Alliance. 

 

In the lead up to the US election last November, […]

March 26th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Religion and Feminism? A way to look at their relationship from an intersectional and postcolonial view

In this post, Jessica Albrecht explores the intersection between religion and feminism in a colonial context. Using the example of transnational encounters between Buddhist and theosophist women in 19th century Sri Lanka, she argues that religion and feminism need not be mutually exclusive.

 

Religion often seems like a relic of times past, especially when judged from a secular feminist or European […]

March 16th, 2021|Uncategorized|1 Comment|