Category: Global

In some countries, killer cops are celebrated

POLICE in the United States kill roughly 1,000 people a year. No other rich country comes close. Finnish police fired only six bullets in 2013, fewer than half the number that one Chicago cop put

A chilling story from Kenya

SARAH WANGARI’S home in Mathare, a slum in Nairobi, is hardly spacious. The corrugated tin walls are covered with sheets. In one room a tiny bed fills half the space; posters of Kenyan reggae musicians

US and Russia: The Gray Zone Spiral Toward Open War

US and Russia: The Gray Zone Spiral Toward Open War

While many view Russian use of the Gray Zone as a strategic conundrum, such conflicts can logically lead to open warfare.

The known unknowns of plastic pollution

MR MCGUIRE had just one word for young Benjamin, in “The Graduate”: plastics. It was 1967, and chemical engineers had spent the previous decade devising cheap ways to splice different hydrocarbon molecules from petroleum into

Anglo-French Defence Relations are Crucial for European Defence after Brexit

The annual UK – French Summit was held last month at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, coming at a time when European defence could go one of two ways. Either the present model continues, based

The menace of lead poisoning

ABOUT a year ago a letter from Baltimore’s health department brought Michelle Burnside, a therapist who works with disabled children, dreadful news. The amount of lead in her three-year-old daughter’s blood was 15 micrograms per

Why States-Rights States Can Take Responsibility for Their Own Catastrophes

Why States-Rights States Can Take Responsibility for Their Own Catastrophes

Lawlessness is not just a state of mind. It is institutional ineptitude, grandstanding, and otherwise efforts to keep the law from being properly enforced.

Bermuda and the Dilemma of Same-Sex Marriage

Bermuda and the Dilemma of Same-Sex Marriage

In February 2017 Bermuda became the first jurisdiction to remove the legal right to same-sex marriage after it had been granted.

Europe in 2018: Renaissance or plus Ça Change?

Europe in 2018: Renaissance or plus Ça Change?

Forthcoming posts will include military cooperation between Britain and her neighbours, upcoming elections across Europe, and of course the ongoing saga of Brexit itself.

How the growth of cities changes farming

LOOKING out from Mathabari, a village in northern Bangladesh, the landscape glints and ripples. Twenty years ago this was a rice-farming area, with fields of bright green. Now most of the land is covered with

From (Communally-Based) Religion to Secularism in Indian Politics

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By emphasising secular reforms and de-emphasising communally specific attitudes and policy, the BJP seeks to present India as an open marketplace for the new middle class

North Korea: The Perils of Ignoring the Good Problem

Specialist Eleazar Mattocks, USA, Charlie Company 2-1 Infantry, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, using helmet camouflage and a Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle with an M203 40mm grenade launcher, demonstrates a platoon battle drill attack for the Thai Forces during the COBRA GOLD 2001 exercises. COBRA GOLD '01 is regularly scheduled, joint-combined exercise designed to ensure regional peace and strengthen the ability of the royal Thai Armed Forces to defend Thailand or respond to regional contingencies. This year's exercise, the 20th in the series, will focus on peace enforcement operations. (USAF PHOTO BY SRA LESLIE LAWRENCE 010517-F-1379L-004)

Without grappling with the potential “good problem” of the collapse of the DPRK, the United States could find itself winning a war but losing the peace.

The Case for an ASEAN Erasmus Programme

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Further initiatives and programmes ought to be instilled to encourage ASEAN students to pursue their education within ASEAN states.

Whither Iran? A 21-year-old Reform Movement on the Brink of Success

Whither Iran? A 21-year-old Reform Movement on the Brink of Success

It is about time to support the democratic movement in Iran in any way that we feasibly can. In this effort, context and local knowledge matter greatly.

Why Did Protests in Iran Fail to Develop into an Uprising?

Why Did Protests in Iran Fail to Develop into an Uprising?

The disorganized nature meant that the recent protests emerged quickly, but had no clear common goals or leadership, which made continued action unsustainable.

What Has Russia Achieved in Syria?

What Has Russia Achieved in Syria?

Syrian intervention has showcased to the world that Russia is again a military power to be reckoned with, capable of sustaining a military campaign far from its borders.