Rojava solidarity flyer, Berlin. (Credit: Joel Schalit/Souciant)

Rojava and beyond

Throughout the Syrian Civil War, one of the few constants has been the strengthening of the Kurdish community. Their self-proclaimed autonomy in the north...

Two narratives, one dialogue

Sergey Lavrov did not mince his words. During a speech in Berlin's renowned Adlon hotel on June 13, organized by the German Körber Foundation,...
Sary Shagen on the west bank of Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet anti-ballistic missile testing range. (Credit: Sergey-USSR/Bigstock)

Post-Soviet Russian economic collapse

Wide-ranging economic reforms following the demise of the Soviet Union at the end of December 1991 mainly resulted in economic collapse in most successor...
Jamaa el Fna market square, Marrakesh, Morocco (Credit: kasto/Bigstock)

Development in the MENA region: Success or failure?

In the last five years, following the Arab Spring events of 2010, civil wars and disarray in Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen have...
Students celebrate International Women's Day in Milan. March 2017. (Credit: tinx/Bigstock)

G20: Moving towards gender equality and women’s empowerment?

Human Development and the G20: Series Introduction This year’s G20 Summit in Hamburg saw productive dialogue between world leaders, and aside from the United States’...
China, The Three Gorges (Credit: gyn9038/Bigstock)

China: Leading the fight against global warming?

The Kyoto Protocol, which was signed in 1997 and came into force in 2005, envisaged binding targets for cutting emissions only for industrialised countries...
Peshmerga fighter in northern Iraq, September 2014. (Credit: Kurdishstruggle/Flickr)

What do the riots in northern Iraq mean?

During a December visit to Germany by Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, serious internal disturbances were taking place back in Iraqi Kurdistan. Demonstrations and...
Tibetan landscape on the road from Saga, Central Tibet. (Credit: pablopicasso/Bigstock)

Integrating Eurasia: Evolving Russian-Indian infrastructure links

The reemergence of grand, ancient world cultures is becoming the hallmark of the twenty-first century. During the 2010s, China and India have outgrown the...
Cyberwar can be far more dangerous than conventional warfare. (Credit: 4ivers/Bigstock)

Dreadful silent war

When we talk about war, we usually picture exploding bombs, tanks, military aircraft, and thousands of deaths. But when we talk about cyber-war, we...
The MENA region: Catching up with the West?

The MENA region: Catching up with the West?

A roundtable on the MENA region took place at the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) on 27 October, exploring the reasons behind the strong...


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