The Complex of Protests and Contest

“The protesters ridicule him as a president of the rich and say he is trying to balance his budgets on their backs as he remains deaf to their concerns.” The New York Times finally understood what French politics is all about. Macron was elected on so-called lies: promises of reform, of a pro-European platform, and…

Armenia: a Small State in Four Points

Originally posted on Turpanjian Center for Policy Analysis:
by Béatrice Chahine The first blog in the series of the small states introduced the concept and mapped the theoretical discussions around it. This blog discusses Armenia as a small state. Armenia is situated in a unique multipolar, multicultural, geopolitical and geostrategic location. It has a homogenous…

New Beginnings or the Value of Water

A new year is also a new beginning. What we see in front of us is what we believe to define us: water has symbolized that to an extent. It is life. It is new departure. It is the horizon, which we see as never ending, hiding whatever we desire behind the vast ocean or…

A Kavanaugh of Authority?

Political tensions spread out from Europe to Asia passing by tribal mindsets and blood thirst for, at most, 10 different manners of waging war, authority is indeed a fickle concept. Whether it is arrogance or a blatant disrespect for authority, it is ruining the very principle of governance. Governments have corrupted regimes, the law is…

Color, Blank, Clarity. Transparent as it goes.

Pink, a color, which represents the fight for breast cancer awareness. Unfortunately, we never found a ribbon. But we’re making a transition. Where there’s color, there’s life, right? Not exactly. The world isn’t exactly all black and white. However, neither is it all in colors. Many times, it is transparent. We’re taught as children that…

Crime Meets Dirty Politics. Something is Wrong With This.

     Democratic process or another ruse to create more chaos in the region? Saudi Arabia was front and center in this questioning last year when two incidents occurred simultaneously: the arrests of 250+ men and the “kidnapping” of Lebanon’s prime minister. This, followed by the arrest of women’s rights activists just before the right to…

Neutrality, when the world comes knocking.

Neutrality – a international law principle and a foreign policy mechanism. Many States in the global community choose to use albeit with numerous different mindsets and in very different strategies. However, there are a few questions, given the polarity today’s geopolitical society is experiencing. We wrote this a while back, haven been asked to brainstorm…

“Roser” sur la plage? C’est possible!

Note: This photo blog is in French. Des couleurs, des couleurs, des couleurs, des couleurs. C’était un des thèmes du nouveau projet au Havre en 2017 avec #uneteauhavre. Les cabanes sur la plage n’ont pas été épargnées: le bleu, blanc, rouge y était mais c’est le rose qui était intéressant à voir. Le rose représente…

Notes from a London winter picture

We talked about making a #Brexit series in our experiences piece on the UK last month. Here is a creative view of what London looks like from the writer’s view from January 2018: “Big city. Small streets. A museum, which has taken much from faraway lands. Retribution? Not enough. Complaints? Many. Apologies? Does it even…

Revolution: The winds of change?

Is asking for change a good thing? Is it wise? Is there a chance for success? Change is radical. Radicality is politicized. Radicality is changing. Radicality is psychology. But revolution is psychological. Revolution is the public debate. A public sphere. What is necessary is to place over words, words over actions, violence and peace clashing…

Pink : Color me Art

We continue with the color pink. Not because we like the color but because of its significance this month. First, art. More often than not, we consider certain colors as defining specific hidden messages. However, what if art was just that? Art? What if it was just what it’s supposed to convey: a conversation? Art…