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23 Aug 2013
China | Cyber-attacks | Cyber-security | International Organisations | International Relations | international treaty | USA | Global | International
The first thing to note here is that we are not considering a broad brush treaty on internet governance that covers all sorts of questions such as who creates...
21 Aug 2013
al Qaeda | ETA | International Relations | IRA | Negotiations | Politics | Real IRA | Tamil Tigers | terrorism | Terrorism
“We do not negotiate with terrorists.” This is something we regularly hear, both in movies, and from governments. In the hostage situation the gas...
16 Aug 2013
Emperor Hirohito | freedom of religion | International Relations | Japan | militarism | nationalism | Pacifism | People’s Republic of China | Prime Minister Abe | Prime Minister Koizumi | Republic of China | Second World War | Shinto | South Korea | State Shinto | War Dead | Yasukuni Shrine | Asia | International
The Yasukuni Shrine was established as the Tōkyō Shōkonsha in 1869 and renamed Yasukuni Shrine in 1879. This was immediately after the Boshin War – a...
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 | Defence | Digital Freedoms | Digital Freedoms | Escalation | Intellectual Property | International Relations | Politics | Sanctions | War/peace
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 | Censorship & IP | Digital Freedoms | Digital Rights Management | European Parliament | Intellectual Property | Intellectual Property | International Relations | Media | Global | Internet | International | Science
What is ACTA? The intention behind the creation of ACTA is to allow countries to work together to tackle intellectual property violations which are currently...
11 Jul 2012
Africa | Africa | African Union | Conflict | Development | EUROPEAN UNION | integration | International Organisations | International Relations | Organisation of African Unity | 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...