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Protecting Children in Armed Conflict

Protecting Children in Armed Conflict

Humanitarian Governance

The UN has launched a new advocacy campaign ACT to Protect Children Affected by Conflict.  The purpose of this campaign is to further raise awareness of the issues involved with children affected by conflict.  At present there exists a range of legal and political initiatives that seek to protect...

17 Apr 2019

Changing approaches to reception and accommodation of displaced populations

Changing approaches to reception and accommodation of displaced populations

Humanitarian Governance

The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (“Convention”) is the foundation for global responses to reception and accommodation of displaced individuals and populations (refugees).  In the aftermath of World War II, the UN Refugee Agency was focused on displaced populations in Europe and is now engaged with...

10 Apr 2019

Deal or No Deal – Brexit Security Risks and Cooperation

Deal or No Deal – Brexit Security Risks and Cooperation

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The deadline for the British government to secure an agreed withdrawal from the European Union (EU) by 29 March is fast approaching. Despite negotiating a deal for more than two years, the Houses of Parliament have voted down the Prime Minister’s exit plan agreed with the EU.  Defeated by...

11 Mar 2019

The Geopolitics of Energy Transformation: On Practicalities of the Big Shift

The Geopolitics of Energy Transformation: On Practicalities of the Big Shift

Energy Diplomacy

According to a ground-breaking report, A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation, issued recently by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the global energy system is undergoing fundamental changes which will have a lasting geopolitical impact. Specifically, the Report argues that “energy transformation will alter the global...

28 Feb 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy on Syria: Shifting Tides

U.S. Foreign Policy on Syria: Shifting Tides

Security, Defense & Terrorism

In December 2018 the U.S. announced the withdrawal of troops from Syria following the “successful defeat” of Daesh/Islamic State (IS).  In order to understand the rationale behind this decision, it is necessary to go back to 9/11, which marked a shift in U.S. foreign policy with the “war on...

18 Feb 2019

High Hopes, High Gains? Egypt’s Prospects for Becoming a Regional Gas Hub

High Hopes, High Gains? Egypt’s Prospects for Becoming a Regional Gas Hub

Energy Diplomacy

The access to energy resources has long been an unquestionable driver for the foreign policy conduct of states, and given the growing energy demand worldwide, this tendency is highly unlikely to come to an end in the near future. Of course, states are equipped with energy resources to a...

06 Feb 2019

Development and Security Perceptions Along the Belt and Road

Development and Security Perceptions Along the Belt and Road

International Affairs

Introduction The idea of the Silk Road to China has been intriguing humanity for more than 2000 years. The routes and roots of silk, one of China’s most important exports historically, has not only connected China to Central Asia and the Arab world but has defined China’s destiny. Today,...

30 Jan 2019

Youth and the United Nations

Youth and the United Nations

Children & Young People

Youth is defined by the United Nations (UN) as the age group between 15 and 24 years old and makeup 1.2 billion people or one quarter of the world’s population. Regardless of their socio-economic background or geopolitical circumstances, young people across the globe want to contribute to the creation...

23 Jan 2019

“To Provide for the Common Defense”: The US National Defense Strategy

“To Provide for the Common Defense”: The US National Defense Strategy

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) is the latest in a series of periodic documents issued by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) as a guide to how the department will respond to military expectations set by the President of the United States and broad U.S. foreign policy interests....

15 Jan 2019

Eurasia on the Edge and its Global Meaning: The What, Why, and How of Eurasian Security

Eurasia on the Edge and its Global Meaning: The What, Why, and How of Eurasian Security

International Affairs

Eurasia is a paradox. Although it contains a myriad of landlocked borderlands, the region is becoming a hub for international transactions. Seemingly trapped by its geographic location, it is becoming central to the world’s connectivity projects, with China’s New Silk Road (the Belt and Road Initiative) and Russia’s project...

02 Jan 2019

Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees: A Blueprint for the World

Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees: A Blueprint for the World

Humanitarian Governance

On 19 September 2016 representatives from 193 UN Member States came together at the UN General Assembly to discuss topics related to migration and refugees at the global level. The adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (“Declaration”), also known as the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework...

19 Dec 2018

Securing the State: Counter-terrorism and Community Policing

Securing the State: Counter-terrorism and Community Policing

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Communities the world over, despite their varying social, cultural, geographic and ethnic differences, have common and shared values in their need for safety, security and wellbeing. We live in an age of increasing technical connectivity but many citizens and their communities are disconnected from the police who serve to...

12 Dec 2018

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