Meeting between US President Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat

Israel’s System of Oppression: An Apartheid Without Nuance

Despite efforts to solve the Israel-Palestine Conflict, so far no lasting peace has been secured. While the violence from both sides is to be condemned, one must not turn their eyes away from Israeli violations of international law and human rights, in particular the Israeli System of Apartheid and the Occupation of Palestine.

Andrej Babis with Boris Johnson

All eyes on CEE: The 2023 elections that may decide on the EU’s populist and illiberal trajectory in the coming years

After elections in Sweden and Italy last year that brought significant gains to a right-wing populist party in the former and led to a far-right populist government in the latter, the EU faces crucial elections in the Czech Republic, Poland and potentially Slovakia in 2023. Their outcomes may have important implications for the EU as they could further strengthen Europe’s populist, illiberal coalitions across Europe.

Green MEPs protesting against fracking

The Return of Fracking – A Possible Solution to the European Energy Crisis?

With the continuation of Russian aggression in Ukraine and the decrease of temporary foreign energy supplies, the end of the European energy crisis does not seem to be in sight even as we enter 2023. While the question of European energy independence remains unanswered, an old but successful technology used abroad lurks in the background as a possible solution. Considering the current geopolitical situation, local energy resources have never been more vital to European national security than they are now, which is why hydraulic fracturing technology needs to be put on the table if we wish to end the year-long energy crisis.

Great Mosque of Mecca

Is Islam a Product of Late Antiquity?

Arabia was a significant part of the Late Antiquity from which Islam emerged. Contrary to traditional sources, writer Muhammad Ali Sohail article argues that what eventually became the Islamic civilisation was a continuation of Late Antiquity’s most salient features, with late antique empires establishing the foundations for the initial development of Islam. Moreover, it highlights the role played by traditional sources in instigating academic curiosity and mistrust from revisionist scholars who challenged the traditionalist premise entirely.

Palácio do Congresso Nacional

Brazil’s insurrection as taught by the United States

The insurrection that took place in Brazil on January 8, 2023, is eerily similar to the attacks on the U.S. Capitol in 2021. Both Trump and Bolsonaro use the same authoritarian playbook that utilises disinformation to mobilise the public. 

Gas Pipeline, Ukraine

The EastMed Pipeline: What is Happening?

Throughout the past years, the “Eastern Mediterranean Pipeline,” an ambitious pipeline project launched in 2020 following the agreement signed in Athens by Greece, Cyprus, and Israel, has frequently appeared in international news, particularly those concerning the oil and gas industry. According to the original plans, the pipeline should transport natural gas from the Israeli gas field Leviathan through the Cypriot one, Aphrodite, to Greece and then to neighboring Italy as well as other European countries. Undoubtedly, it seemed the perfect alternative to decrease the EU’s dependence on Russian gas. But what caused the project’s demise?

Confederate and U.S. Flag

Winning Hearts and Minds: How the United States Lost the Civil War

The age-old aphorism “History is written by the victors” exemplifies the belief that, whoever wins a conflict, writes the history books in favor of themselves and their message. In effect, with one’s goals accomplished and victory gained, they are able to construct the future’s telling of this battle, war, or event to better suit their own desires. This belief is often incorrect and does not account for a substantial number of historical events in which the “losers” of a conflict or event have written history to suit themselves. In the United States, perhaps the most prevalent form of pseudohistorical and false thought is our nation’s collective understanding of the U.S. Civil War.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in Kyiv

The United Kingdom’s Foreign Policy Football Game

It need scarcely be said that the recent political turmoil in the United Kingdom has flamingly been vying for attention. One could be left under the impression that the coming and going of UK prime ministers occurs more frequently than the goals, which the English football team scored against Iran at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Apparently, after Ms Truss received a ‘red card’, it is now Mr Sunak who is expected to score goals in the international arena, which will certainly be intense, emotional and difficult. However, if Rishi Sunak’s team chases success enthusiastically, it needs a brilliant strategy, burning motivation and supportive fans.

NATO Secretary General visits Italy

Europe’s Shift to the Right

Two colossal wars in less than half a century engendered the concept of a unified Europe under one supranational institution – the European Union. Yet, European countries are now once again electing right-wing leaders. What does it mean for Europe’s relations with the EU and the rest of the world?

COP27 Opening Ceremony and Handover

Is there room for cooperation at the COP27?

The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP27) is taking place from 6th-18th November in Egypt and will, for the first time, introduce the topic of Climate Compensation for poorer countries experiencing climate disasters. If successful, this is monumental for countries in the global South as they will receive more resources to withstand the effects of climate change.