Trump and the Diplomacy Catastrophe

We originally wanted to discuss the Mueller investigation but that was months ago and we never sat down to write properly about it. So now another circus arrived and we’re interested to see how it plays out. Believe us when we say that no one hates Trump more than the intelligence community. It is interesting,…

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…

A Love Letter to you Europe

Happy birthday Europe! (with a day late maybe) 69 years ago, you were conceived as a modern concept of the world, as a new Europe, one, which would not fall so easily to conflict and hate. But in 17 days, you’re changing hands: the EU elections happen the weekend of 23-26 May. Change is in…

Brexit: Deadline expired

What kind of country are you if the voice of citizens is divided? What democracy are you if your system is breaking down from “follow the gang” to “I have been elected thanks to a certain agenda and must abide by it”? We’ve decided to continue our Brexit series from a different angle: the deadline…

A Rant on French Norms

“Je suis vénère… Payer un billet “aller” à 41 euros dernière minute….”. La France va mal (aucune surprise avec les événements récents). On le savait avant mais là… imaginez que vous rentrez d’un pays tel l’Arménie (les longs séjours s’applique ici), c’est là où ça frappe le plus dur. C’est inexcusable. Vous voulez un exemple?…

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 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…

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…