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This House believes that Western democracies should openly try to circumvent Internet censorship in oppressive regimes
17 May 2013
Burma | censorship | China | Digital Freedoms | digital rights | Freedom of Expression | International Relations | internet freedom | Surveillance technology
Internet censorship has been growing precipitously in countries around the world. Freedom House finds that 20 of 47 countries examined have increased their...
2 May 2013
Asymmetric warfare | coercion | Cyber war | Cyber-attacks | Digital Freedoms | Digital Freedoms | Escalation | Intellectual Property | International Relations | Sanctions
The internet is increasingly seen as a potential battleground of the future, while there would be few casualties in such warfare it would have an impact on the...
12 Dec 2012
Defence | International Relations | Missile Test | Negotiations | North Korea | Nuclear Weapons | Politics | South Korea | Asia | International
For its size and wealth North Korea gets a lot of international attention. It regularly gets into the media around the world and is the subject of numerous...
26 Oct 2012
foreign policy | Human rights | International Relations | Religious freedom | States | Religion General | Living with difference | Global | Religions | Secularism | Free Speech Debate | International | Religion
Religion is largely ignored from foreign policy and from literature about how foreign policy should be determined. Religious freedom is likewise for the most...
31 Aug 2012
Adaptation | Climate Change | Global Warming | International Relations | Mitigation | United Nations | Climate | Environment
There are several definitions of adaptation in this context but, broadly, it is the idea that climate change is a reality, and that changes in human and...
24 Aug 2012
Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement | Digital Freedoms | Digital Rights Management | European Parliament | Intellectual Property | Intellectual Property | International Relations | Media
What is ACTA? The intention behind the creation of ACTA is to allow countries to work together to tackle large scale intellectual property violations. It...
11 Jul 2012
Africa | Africa | African Union | Conflict | Development | EUROPEAN UNION | integration | International Organisations | International Relations | Organisation of African Unity | Politics | United States of Africa | International
In July 2002, the fifty-three members of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) disbanded that organization and inaugurated the African Union (AU). The goal...
16 Mar 2012
European integration | EUROPEAN UNION | intergovernmentalism | International Relations | Neofunctionalism | Theory | Economic policy | Europe | Economy General | Political philosophy | International | Society | Philosophy | Economy
The two main competing theories of EU integration are Neo-functionalism and Intergovernmentalism. Although these theories have been heavily criticised, amended...
20 Feb 2012
Anarchy | Hierarchy | International Cooperation | International Organisations | International Relations | Liberalism | Realism | United Nationa | World Government | Global | International
The model of the nation-state has traditionally provided the basis for international relations. However, there are many problems which are impossible for...
26 Jan 2012
assassination | Conflict | dictators | Intellegence agency | International Relations | Peace | spys | Ethics | Human rights | International law | Law | Philosophy
Assassination can be defined as the targeted killing of an individual for political reasons in peacetime. It can be undertaken by individual citizens, or by...
On behalf of the SMU Debating Society, I would like to invite your institution to participate in the SMU Intervarsity Debating Championship 2008 (SMU...
Toader Mateoc, this year's Spirit Award for Coaches winner, talks to us about the award and the Youth Forum in Mexico.The Spirit Awards, awarded...