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5 Mar 2014
Crimea | EUROPEAN UNION | Legality of war | Politics | Russia | Sanctions | Ukraine | united nations charter | United States | Europe | International law | Global | War/peace | International
On the 27th February soldiers seized the Crimean Parliament. They did not have insignia but raised a Russian flag above the building. The Crimean Parliament...
This House believes Guinea-Bissau should not let itself be turned in to a front of the US’ "war on drugs"
31 Jan 2014
Africa | Coup | Crime & Policing | Durgs | foreign policy | Guinea-Bissau | United States | War on Drugs | International | Law
Guinea-Bissau is the fifth poorest nation state in the world. While farming and fishing are the most prominent legal trades, the illicit drugs business is the...
8 Jan 2014
Africa | African foreign relations | AFRICOM | counter terrorism | Somalia | United States | Terrorism | International
A terrorist organisation is defined by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as a group which will ‘intimidate a population or compel a government...
This House would pull out of the Article 98 Agreements that prevent US soldiers from being sent to the ICC for trial
16 Sep 2013
Albania | Bosnia-Herzegovina | Europe | Georgia | International Criminal Court | International Justice | Macedonia | Montenegro | Romania | United States | International law | Law
The United States has not ratified the Rome Statute, the treaty that underpins the International Criminal Court. While the ICC does not have jurisdiction over...
This House believes that indiscriminate NSA surveillance of the rest of the world hurts the United States
9 Aug 2013
Digital Freedoms | Foreign Relations | Intelligence agencies | Metadata | National Security | NSA | PRISM | Privacy | Surveillance | United States | XKeystone | Global | Internet | International | Science
June and July 2013 brought a large number of revelations about the size of surveillance by the National Security Agency, the US intelligence agency that deals...
19 Jun 2013
Afghanistan | Civil War | Defence | Karzai | NATO | Peace | Politics | Taliban | United States | Warlords | Terrorism | War/peace
The United States initiated Operation Enduring Freedom on the 7th October 2001 less than a month after the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The...
17 Jul 2012
assassination | at Qaeda | Barak Obama | CIA | drones | international law | Pakistan | Politics | self-defence | Somalia | sovereignty | terrorism | UAV | United States | use of force | War | Yemen | Human rights | Terrorism | Law
This debate first of all makes the assumption that a strike against terrorists is going to be made. The debate is therefore not focused on whether there should...
27 Jun 2012
Defence | Defence | Deterrence | Nuclear Weapons | Politics | Trident | United Kingdom | United States
In 1952 the United Kingdom became the third country to test and independently developed nuclear weapon. The country continues to have nuclear weapons in its...
23 Mar 2012
Arms race | Cold War | Defence | Executive | Military | missiles | Nuclear | Obama | Politics | Putin | Russia | Senate | United States | International law | Global | War/peace | International | Law
The ‘New START’ Treaty (for Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) is a bilateral nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and the Russian...
22 Feb 2012
Atomic Bomb | Cold War | Japan | Nuclear Weapons | Politics | President Truman | United States | World War II | Ethics | War/peace | Philosophy
On August 6th 1945 the atomic bomb called ‘Little Boy’ was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. 4.7 square miles of the city were levelled and 70,000 to...