Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomes Sergey Lavrov at the 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council in Germany. Hamburg, December 2016. (Credit: Golden Brown/Bigstock)

Restarting the dialogue for European peace?

Anyone who wishes to make a realistic judgment of the chances for a successful, European-led initiative to resolve worldwide geopolitical tensions must begin by...
Deploying military force will not ease the tensions on the Korean peninsula. (Credit: Wacharaklin/Bigstock)

Building a new reality for the Korean peninsula takes grit, skill, and commitment

Globalization is all about dismantling inherited barriers to interaction. International collaboration within the expert community forms the broader foundations for political cooperation. Xi Jinping’s speech at this year’s Davos Forum stressed how globalization must mean stripping away barriers to economic cooperation. At the...
French populism: The challenge of Islam. (Credit: hadrian/Bigstock)

The importance of being honest: Values delusion or how fake news create fake history

Had Professor Francis Fukuyama written his book The End of History today, he might instead have chosen the title ‘The End of Diplomacy’. That...
Rhodes Forum 2017

15th Annual Rhodes Forum report

The 15th Annual Rhodes Forum took place on the island of Rhodes, Greece from 6-7 October 2017. The Forum gathered approximately 300 participants from...
terrorism

Barbarians crossed the gate: Fighting terrorism as a modern crime

Terrorism, in its different forms, is a defining feature of modern life for people in cities, towns, and villages across the world. Fear of...
Remains of the iron curtain in the Czech Republic. (Credit: phbcz/Bigstock)

A new Cold War or can we move from ‘lose-lose’ to ‘win-win’?

Talk of a ‘new Cold War’ once seemed alarmist, but today it is fast becoming rooted in a new reality, a new mentality of...
Appreciating OBOR's normative and subjective dimensions implies a recognition of civilisational identities. (Credit: Inka Andelin/Flickr)

A new match: Dialogue of Civilisations and One Belt, One Road

The One Belt, One Road initiative could enhance material prosperity across the world. But without engaging the shared spiritual resources of the diverse communities...
Contemporary Russia

A treacherous path to understanding contemporary Russia

Despite all the rhetoric, any objective researcher should accept that since the collapse of the USSR, Russia’s leadership in the post-Soviet period, including Vladimir...
Multiplayer conflicts exemplify the need to reimagine diplomatic dialogue. (Credit: arvepino/Bigstock)

Qatar and the GCC: Conflict in perspective

On 5 June 2017, unprecedented sanctions were levied against Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its neighbours, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt. The story is...
Karakoram highway in Xinjiang, China. (Credit: beibaoke/Bigstock)

The opportunities and challenges of migration in the Belt and Road region

A great amount of discussion of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is about the building of a transnational infrastructure network across continents, based...

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