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The ISIS Resident Evil is Evolving: Three things to understand from the recent ISIS video

The ISIS Resident Evil is Evolving: Three things to understand from the recent ISIS video

ISIS Video

The recently circulated ISIS video showing Jordanian pilot Moath al Kasasbeh confined in a cage and burnt alive is the most graphic and gruesome one to date. The analysis of the video’s content, discourse and implications are vital to the study of the group and its evolution and motives....

04 Feb 2015

Problem-Solving: Education for a better future

Problem-Solving: Education for a better future

Education

United Arab Emirates, 15 years old students who participated in the Programme for the International Students Assessment (PISA), scored poorly on math, reading and science in addition to the newly added section that tests students’ problem-solving abilities. The PISA test, administered in 2012 where more than 510,000 students from...

02 Feb 2015

ISIL and the permissive international environment of the Middle East

ISIL and the permissive international environment of the Middle East

ISIL

The extraordinary expansion of ISIL across northern and western Iraq as well as Syria remains a puzzling matter for a number of commentators. Its rapid success from 2013 onwards can be easily put down to large sources of external funding as well as the incredible prize of huge amounts...

01 Feb 2015

Green Economy, Principles and Challenges

Green Economy, Principles and Challenges

Green Economy - Part 1/2

Our planet’s future development agenda is amidst major changes marked by the Rio+20 Summit of 2012, and the launch of the post-2015 development agenda and the UN Paris Climate Change Conference coming in late 2015. The Green economy has over the past few years became a central concept on...

29 Jan 2015

Knowledge is infinite – oil is not

Knowledge is infinite – oil is not

Education

Since 2000, over 70 countries that together make up over 80% of the world economy have been comparing how well their school systems prepare young people for life and work. The framework for these comparisons is the world’s global metric for learning outcomes, known as PISA (Programme for International...

27 Jan 2015

How Does SYRIZA Election Win Affect Greece and Europe?

How Does SYRIZA Election Win Affect Greece and Europe?

Greek Elections

The party’s pleasant leader, Alexis Tsipras, vows for a renegotiation of Greece’s international bailout and a reversal of the austerity measures. The party aims to (among others): raise the minimum wage from 580 to 751 euros a month; restore the “13th salary to those working or retired whose pension...

27 Jan 2015

Sure, Je Suis Charlie. But what about I Am Baga?

Sure, Je Suis Charlie. But what about I Am Baga?

Baga massacre

Let me be clear: the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices and the kosher supermarket are nothing short of unacceptable and tragic. The fact that the magazine increased their print run to 7 million to keep up with international demand and long queues is a testament that values...

25 Jan 2015

Expectations from Obama’s India Visit

Expectations from Obama’s India Visit

U.S. - India Visit 2015

Obama is coming to take part in India’s Republic Day Parade on 26 January 2015, the first for a U.S. President. And as some believe it to be, it was a coup Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi crafted, engineered, and implemented on his own visit to the United States...

24 Jan 2015

Political Transformation and Radicalization in the Middle East and North Africa

Political Transformation and Radicalization in the Middle East and North Africa

Political Transformation

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is undergoing a painful and probably lengthy period of change, which is rooted in local and global drivers, particularly demography as well as the shift in power between individuals and states. These phenomena, like the Arab spring itself, are not intrinsically...

22 Jan 2015

Why Ethnic Conflicts Recur in Northeast India?

Why Ethnic Conflicts Recur in Northeast India?

Ethnic Conflicts

The Northeast of India is strategically an important piece of geography for India. Straddled as it is between Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar, the area is a vital land link for India’s ‘Act East Policy’. In a visit to the region last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dreamt big...

19 Jan 2015

Terrorism as Disruptive Targeting

Terrorism as Disruptive Targeting

Terrorism Futures Series

This short terrorism futures essay will focus upon differing forms of targeting and their effects, that is, destructive versus disruptive, and the interrelationship between these and the scale of effect of weaponry in engagements, highlighting the differences between legitimate state use of coercion and the illegitimate use of disruptive...

11 Jan 2015

A Land Too Far: Refugees in Germany

A Land Too Far: Refugees in Germany

Immigration

For the refugees crammed into the hold of ships or floating on rickety boats on the Mediterranean, Europe is the Promised Land. For Germany, it is a nightmare, for unlike other nations it bears the burden of history. In the first half of the 20th century is was Germans who fled Nazi...

31 Dec 2014

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