The United Nations building in New York. (Credit: palinchak/Bigstock)

Never again: Demands for a new global security architecture

From its very beginning, the system of collective security established under the United Nations Charter has been dysfunctional. In the post-World War Two era, global...
Lago Agrio Ecuador: Road through the jungle in the oil production region of the country. (Credit: Quasarphoto/Bigstock)

Reading ‘migration and mobility’ in Latin America

Words carry the weight of civilisations, of ways of seeing, being, and understanding but also of classifying, categorising, simplifying, homogenising, and even controlling. ‘Latin America’...
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi speaks on ending extreme poverty at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival in New York City. (Credit: Debby Wong/Bigstock)

Policy alternatives for reducing inequality

Over the last three decades, pro-growth neoliberal policies have been followed by many developing countries as part of structural adjustment programmes, at the behest...
Friendship Bridge, Macau (Credit: ti_to_tito/Bigstock)

New media for a dialogue of civilisations

China proposed the Belt and Road Initiative to not only provide a new international development framework focused on enhanced cooperation between China and Eurasia,...
Jean-Claude Juncker during opening of the EU elections campaign on April 27, 2014 in Sofia. (Credit: Anton Chalakov/Bigstock)

The diplomatic revolution in Europe

We often hear that Americans and Europeans share the same values, such as democracy, freedom, and the rule of law. This is certainly true....
Qingxiu District, Nanning, capital of Guangxi province, China (Credit: Creative Family/Bigstock)

Renting the Silk Road

To achieve optimum levels of efficiency, complex societies need the support of efficient hierarchies of decision-making. People in the formative phases of the first civilisations...
Ukrainian army helicopter during a combat mission in in the Donetsk region (Credit: palinchak/Bigstock)

One Europe or none

On the one side, the institutions that had maintained the Soviet bloc were dismantled, whereas on the other side, the Atlantic security system was...
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Russia: A world or a regional power?

When describing the present condition of the international state system, a broad consensus binds political camps in both the East and West and can...
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Hubris and hope: Alternatives to the clash of world orders

The shape of politics is shifting. In France, the country that invented the left-right binary almost 250 years ago, the centre-left and the centre-right...
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Iraqi Kurdistan on the way to a referendum on independence

The Iraqi Kurdistan authorities are organising a referendum on independence on 25 September 2017. Maxim Mikheev explores the reasons that led to the announcement...

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