Robbed Of Their Development? – New Questions Surface As Russia Seeks To Strengthen International Co-operation With Africa At Russia-Africa Summit

This past Wednesday and Thursday, Russia hosted the first Russian-African Summit. Over 3000 Russian and African delegates flocked to Sochi, Russia, to discuss strategies to intensify the two partners’ economic relations. The summit was co-chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The agenda covered everything […]

U.S Catching Up In The Scramble For The Arctic

What is now being dubbed the scramble for the Arctic, a not so subtle reference to the scramble for Africa by European countries in the 19th century, is the increasing military and economic presence by world powers in the Arctic region. The increasing push into the Arctic has been enabled […]

Putin’s Visit To Saudi Arabia Marks Russia’s Growing Influence In The Middle East

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh on Monday, marking his first state visit to the country in over a decade and signalling Russia’s growing influence in the Middle East. Putin has only made one other trip to Riyadh, in 2007, and Saudi King Salman bin […]

U.S. And Turkey Reach Ceasefire Agreement In Syria

On Thursday, a week after Trump decided to remove U.S. troops from Syria to clear the way for a Turkish military operation, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the U.S. and Turkey had agreed to a ceasefire in northeastern Syria. This announcement came after five hours of talks between Vice […]

One Step Closer To Peace In Syria: Constitutional Committee Formed

After almost two years of discussions, and a more than eight-year conflict in Syria, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on 23 September the formation of a Syrian constitutional committee. However, the director and spokesperson of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mustafa Bali, commented to a special UN envoy […]

Climate Change

Can We Quantify Climate Debt And How Do Developed Nations Address Their Duty To The World On Climate Change?

“The point of discussing climate debt need not to be to assign guilt, but merely responsibility for bearing [the] cost.” So wrote Pickering and Barry in their essay on climate debt. The point of conceptualizing and quantifying a climate debt is not to lambast the wealthiest or highest emitters simply […]

Killer Profits: How Western Democracies Fuel Conflict Through The Global Arms Trade

Earlier this month, London hosted the biennial Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair 2019. International delegations from 68 countries came to the Ministry of Defence-supported trade show in order to see the wares of 1,700 military technology suppliers, who manufacture everything from light firearms to unmanned drone systems. On […]

Russia’s Ruling Party Sees Unprecedented Loss In Moscow Elections

United Russia party, Russia’s ruling party, saw a decline in popularity in the Moscow city assembly recent elections. The Kremlin lost a third of its seats, a stark contrast from the 28 seats United Russia won in 2014 and the other 10 seats won through Kremlin-backed independent candidates. This election […]

Russia Ready For Ukraine Peace Talks

On Friday, a senior Kremlin aide announced that the Russian government is ready to resume the stalled Ukrainian peace process with France, Germany, and Ukraine if “concrete steps” are taken before the meeting. These preconditions include separating rival armed forces in eastern Ukraine on either side of the line of […]

Russia and Ukraine Exchange Prisoners

Russia and Ukraine exchanged prisoners yesterday, in token of the willingness by both countries to amend relations, after five years of conflict in the east of Ukraine. 35 Ukrainian prisoners arrived in Kiev to be greeted by friends and family, as well as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who had campaigned […]