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Has China Made Its First Big Military Sa…

China has reportedly provided both Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan with sophisticated air defense systems, which would represent the largest Chinese military equipment deal thus far in Central Asia. Reportedly, China has provided one battalion each to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan of the HQ-9 air defense…

Climate Change in the News – Geo-enginee…

I write a considerable amount about climate change. Why? Because I consider it and runaway human population growth to be the two most significant negative impactors in the 21st century. This week some of us here on Earth once more brought up the topic of geo-engineering our way out of climate change…

New Georgian Interior Minister Faces Mul…

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has promoted First Deputy Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri to succeed his former boss, Aleksandr Chikaidze, as minister. Chikaidze had submitted his resignation on January 23, citing as his reason for doing so allegations that he had protected from pro…

A League of His Own: Italy’s Northern Le…

Italy’s far-right Northern League has received considerable attention due to its recent surge in popularity. In the wake of the January 7th Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris the Northern League, a historically xenophobic party, was able to capitalize off European fears of Islamic extremism. According t…

Ebola: Sierra Leone’s New War

Sierra Leone is a country located on the west coast of Africa. It gained independence from Britain on April 27, 1961. It is bounded to the north and northeast by Guinea, Liberia to the south and southeast and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Sierra Leone is not only bounded by these countries, but al…

Turkey Urgently Needs to Integrate Its S…

­ Since 2011, more than 3.2m Syrians are known to have taken refuge in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and a number of other countries. The real scale of the crisis is likely to be much greater, as not all refugees are registered with UNHCR. In Lebanon, for example, the official figure is 1.1m, but …

The Iranian Role in Iraq is Underreporte…

News reports tell us that negotiations have been delayed between the U.S. and Iran on nuclear weapons. But the reports divert our attention on Al Qaeda/ISIS while supporting the Shia’s diversion of US supplies and support away from the Sunnis trying to fight Al Qaeda/ISIS. The reported deaths of an…

Northern Sea Route: A Game Changer for R…

Throughout the twentieth century, we see the growing importance of oil to the growth of the global economy. In the unlikely event of the discovery of a major feasible alternative energy source, it will continue to be the most valuable commodity in the world. Countries that are born lucky with signif…

Even Among Business Conservatives the Ca…

Taxing carbon has been seen as a bad idea by business and financial conservatives for a long time. But it seems with the Paris global climate agreement on the agenda this year that opposition to carbon taxes is waning. In Canada back in 2008, a federal election was fought with a carbon tax proposed…

Turkey’s Ever Expanding ‘Helping Hand’ o…

It is well known that Turkey has expanded its soft power through international aid, which was about $3.4 billion in 2012. It is quite likely more than that now. Regarding a specific case, in September 2014, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Age…

Turkmenistan: What’s Behind Sudden Manat…

Turkmenistan rang in the New Year by dramatically devaluing its national currency, the manat, and introducing a steep levy on the price of petrol. The scale of the devaluation – comparable to the 19 percent devaluation of the tenge in Kazakhstan earlier in the year – comes as all Central Asian econ…

What's The EEU And What Are Its Chances?

Five years ago, Moscow had every reason to feel secure about its neighborhood. Ally Kazakhstan was settling in as the first post-Soviet state to chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Belarus had acquiesced to new oil-supply terms from Russia. And all three countries had jus…

Book Reviews

Book Review: Routledge Handboo…

Roger Mac Ginty (Ed) Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013, ISBN 978…

Book Review: Human Security in…

Sorpong Peou (ed.) Human Security in East Asia: Challenges for Collaborative Action 2009, Abingdo…

Book Review: Formal Peace and …

Zoe Marriage Formal Peace and Informal War: Security and Development in Congo Routledge, 2013, ISB…

Book Review: The Identity Poli…

Camila Orjuela The Identity Politics of Peacebuilding – Civil Society In War-Torn Sri Lanka  Londo…

Book Review: Identity, Reconci…

Nevin T. Aiken, Identity, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice: Overcoming Intractability in Div…

Book Review: Building a People…

Alan Collins Building a People-oriented Security Community the ASEAN Way Abingdon: Routledge, 2013…

Book Review: Armed Conflict an…

In 2010, Alexander Betts argued that it no longer makes sense to speak of the “refugee regime”. Inst…

Book Review: Cultural Encounte…

Tarik Sabry’s Cultural Encounters in the Arab World: On Media, the Modern and the Everyday is, first…

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Film Reviews

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Turning to a never-ending story because of the uncertainity about the director whether to be Guillermo Del Toro or or the director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy Peter Jackson and delays due to legal actions, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jou…

REVOLUTION: A Power Cut and the End of S…

Watching a TVseries is a great time investment compared to enjoying a movie. That is why, I feel quite picky before taking the risk of being a follower of several seasons. After watching NBC's new TV drama Revolution's trailer and reading a…

Movie Review: Khuda Kay Liye - In the Na…

The Pakistani Urdu Language Drama Film “Khuda Kay Liye (In the Name of God)”, literal translation “For God’s Sake”, is the story of misinterpretation of Islam and its backlash on the lives of people. The basic theme of this emotional 170 mi…

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