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7 Mar 2014
G6 | G7 | G8 | international institutions | International Relations | Politics | Russia | Summit | the west | Government | Leadership | Global | International
Russia has long seen the post-soviet space, the countries of the former USSR, as its special sphere of interest. It has been willing to engage in military...
27 Feb 2014
Africa | Climate Change | Governance | International Relations | Land | Seychelles | Small Island States | sovereignty | territory | water resources | Climate | Global | Water | Environment | International
The Seychelles are an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar. It is one of the smallest countries in the world at only 455 km2, its...
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...