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Groupthinking into bad political decisions

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Leaders and other responsible figures have made numerous political decisions throughout history that turned out to be bad. There are various factors that could have contributed to making these decisions and their poor consequences, and one of them recognized in the early seventies is groupthink. The term groupthink was coined by a psychologist Irving Janis, […]

Minorities change the world – but how?

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Minorities all around the world are often faced with various problems. The Rohingya are being displaced from Myanmar, the indigenous peoples are being systematically discriminated, Uyghurs are being held in concentration camps in the very 2019,…

Peace is as far as ever for Libya

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The continued fighting taking place in Libya between the two local forces competing for power and their apparent inability or unwillingness to cooperate has put the country in the middle of what has become a complex international conflict with…

Australia fires: a sign of a reality that can no longer be ignored

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Since the summer 2019, Australia has been hit by devastating bushfires, burning over 10.3 million hectares, killing over 25 people and almost a billion animals. Only in the state of New South Wales, more than 3,000 homes have been destroyed…

The Iraqi Dilemma: Between Geography and Diplomacy

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Over the past forty years Iraq has had military conflicts with both Iran and the US, and those wars have brought nothing but political instability, economic crisis and death to Iraq. Iraq – Iran war: On September 22, 1980, Iraq invaded…

The US-Iran 2020 mess

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We are not even through the middle of the first month of 2020, and it is already too much to bear for Iran. On January 3rd the US forces, on the soil of Iraq, killed their top general Soleimani. Following the killing that came more or less as…

Watch Out for the Sultan – Erdoğan in Libya

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The unprecedented escalation in Iran following the assassination of military mastermind Qassem Suleimani by one of Donald’s drones overshadowed another highly interesting development in the Middle East lately getting a new spin: Turkey entering…

Trump's new year adventure in Iraq: killing of Iran's top general and an echo of war

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The US did it again. So much for its renewed foreign policy strategy of less outside activity and pulling back. One might wonder, does making America great again involve eagerness to intervene in the Middle East? It seems so. On the 3rd of January…

Don’t Jinx It! Guterres, Multilateralism, and the Lesson Being Learnt from 2019

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New Year’s speeches of state leaders are dollars to doughnuts. And so are teasing statements within them kicking off controversial debates. This year Turkey’s strongman Erdoğan with his claims on Libya, and Little Rocket Man Kim Jong Un,…

New Year, New Crisis

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Syria is once again, submerged in chaos since the latest US withdrawal of its troops and consequent Turkish incursion through Syria’s northern border. A new chain of events has further destabilized the situation in the country and will continue…

25th December beyond Christmas: wars, colonization and the end of an era

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Today, the 25th of December, is Christmas day, and it is celebrated around the world.  The Christian tradition commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, although, before that, the 25th was already marked as a festivity to celebrate Winter…

SECURITY IS NOT JUST ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL

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An article published last week describes the new constructions on the border wall that Donald Trump promised as one of his landmark campaign goals. The publication shows the US President signing one of the sections of the wall built in El Paso,…

Organ Donation Postponed: A Bright Outlook for NATO and EU (?)

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“What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO“, French president Emmanuel Macron said in an interview which thereafter spread like wildfire. A provoking statement, though Monsieur le Président obviously aimed at nothing…

MODERN, BUT STILL PREJUDICE (1)

’They don’t want to be integrated’. ‘We want to accept them, but they don’t want to be accepted’. ‘They are already equal, this now is just pushing over the limit’. Insert a name of any marginalized or discriminated…

A new wave of Arab uprisings: are lessons being learnt?

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A new wave of Arab uprisings began in December last year in Sudan and has expanded to Lebanon, Iraq and Algeria. But this time protesters have learnt not to make the same mistakes that were made in the Arab Spring almost ten years ago, which…

Sevastopol: Russia's Golden Port

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In 1775, the ‘Will’ of Peter the Great, a ruler of a landlocked nation warned his future Russian descendants that whoever approaches “as near as possible to Constantinople and India. Whoever governs there will be true sovereign of the world.” Perhaps,…

Debt-trap diplomacy: China’s loan sharking

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China, a gigantic… well, a giant in so many aspects, is the world’s leader in electric car batteries production, greening, renewable energies, but also the global leader in emissions. It is also the leader in the number of unicorn start-ups,…

GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AND THE ENEMY AT HOME

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In 1993 countries in the General Assembly of the United Nations declared their commitment to end violence against women. To this date, UN Women has reported that “35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual…

Int. Security Policy Summit Vienna, 7-9 November 2019

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By Mariam Frangulyan Participant of the 8th Intl. Security Policy Summit in Vienna Ca’Foscari University of Venice   In the mind of any international relations student, institutions such as the United Nations and the OSCE are a…

IN DRUGS WE TRUST: THE AMERICAS WAR WITH DRUGS

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In its Global Study on Homicide 2019, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) stated that: “[o]rganized crime kills as many people as all armed conflicts combined”. The American continent had the highest rate of murders for…

Europe's responsibility to bring back ISIS fighters home

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Following ISIS' loss of the last sliver of territory in March, US President Donald Trump asked the UK, Germany, France and other European allies to take back the over 800 ISIS members that are captured in Syria and to put them on trial in their…