It’s time to learn.

Starting 8 years ago (and possibly before), articles such as one in Foreign Policy, gave out a warning to all US politicians that if alternative foreign policy agendas were not put into place in the very near future the cost would be extremely high for the country and the world if it wasn’t already. 6 years…

untitled. for him. for them.

A crime against humanity my ancestors never asked for. The bells are ringing, warning in his ears, rockets, a pink cloud of fire. Tonight is the night he thinks. I can’t die yet.  Dust clouds thick here for days on end. Never stops. All we want is a savoury manouché, kick around the ball, dabke…

Un an… de mouvances. Une défense de quoi?

Un an et un mois s’est écoulé déjà depuis le début des confinements. Une année mouvementée, qui est à tout jamais gravée dans les pages de l’Histoire et qui continuerait. Le mouvementé s’est traduit par la reprise de manifestations dans les rues contre certaines formes de corruptions institutionnelles, et, en partie aussi, dans de nombreux…

Europe, relations with the world, and its indifference.

In the age of a raging pandemic, the last reminder we need is that of the US-EU relations. Especially, after the year the world has had and will continue to have, it is the last conversation anyone is willing to ponder. Yet, just as we did in 2008, we’re wondering what’s to come next. The…

Artsakh, or a right to self determination.

On Sunday, 27 September 2020, one state attacked a self determined state. To this day, it has now also attacked its neighbor to the west, in addition to surveillance. In July 2020, that same state attacked that same neighboring state to the west. By the end of the first week of bombings, reports from experts,…

8 clippings of news

This week in the news. We wrote a piece like this a few years ago. We’re going to try it out. This past year is an extraordinary year, not necessarily in a positive way. We’ve already discussed certain events. These past few weeks though have been charged with tension, emotions, and craziness. 1. Turkey’s Erdogan…

“Brexit Past the Deadline”, Get Ready for Level 2

🎶 🎶”But it’s ruining the news every single night.”🎶 🎶 It is. It really really is. It has. It really really has. And now an Irish band turned it into a song. (See below for their “published-on-Youtube” video) Because really, how else do you want to express every emotion known to humankind about Brexit?  Yes,…

The thing about Ethics…

A friend once described a social media action by a government as unethical. It had been to show mutual support in the commemoration of a shared grief. It made us think. Why would we call it “unethical” We thought harder: what is the real nature of bilateral relations? More to the point, when do they…

Say “NO”: It’s not only personal, it’s IR.

“No means no”. You hear it all the time: in the streets, consent, women’s rights, #MeToo, food, family and friends asking you if you need anything… But “no means no” is in politics too. Foreign policy especially. How does it work exactly? Very much like a relationship, which is exactly why we don’t want you…

Armenia: a Small State in Four Points

Originally posted on Perspectives on Policy & Politics:
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…