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…

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…

Armenia: a Small State in Four Points

Originally posted on Perspectives on Policy & Politics:
by BĂ©atrice 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 Year of Brexit: Island of Woes and Mixed Emotions

It is an isle, or an island, depending on who is speaking. It is in Europe and that is a fact. Yet some there think they are not European because Europe is a continent. It is that minority belief, which snowballed into a referendum, which, in turn, put the island on a cliffhanger of instability…

War and peace (no, not the book)

The funny thing is that a Greek and an Italian can easily become very imbued with himself. This is especially true when they are asked about their History. Or more specifically, when they are asked to comment on the architectural vestiges of ancient civilizations. But the first thing to know about history? No, it is…

War and peace according to the Saudi

The first week of November was tumultuous: the Paradise papers were unveiled by the same German journalists who unveiled the Panama papers; the Crown prince of Saudi Arabia ordered multiple arrests of Saudi royal figures and businessmen; Prime minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon announced his “resignation” hours after he arrived in Riyadh and hours before…

PNR, Europol and the need for a coordinating solution

Intelligence has never been as extended as in today’s digital age. It is also the movement of information, whether through media, the markets, the stocks, finance and banking or government and politics. The question now in this digital age, is where are the borders and when do we draw them up specifically to follow them…

“Car-scans”: What??

A few weeks ago, an acquaintance posted a small trinket on LinkedIn Pulse post the March events in Brussels: a bit of e-marketing, which no political analyst or journalist accepts without a response. Here was the response to this small trinket, a copy before it was forced to be deleted: Many years and much experience have taught authorities…