Going Beyond Kristoff’s “Is Being Academic Being Irrelevant?” – The Example of Academics Stand Against Poverty

19 Feb

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Nicholas Kristoff has stirred quite a controversy by critiquing in his NYT blog the (self)- isolation of US Academia from the policy community. My initial reaction is to agree with at least some of the conclusions he draws – especially about the rarified nature of political science. From a personal perspective, having attended the International […]

British Military Capability and its Strategic Relevance Today

20 Jan


It is reassuring to know that DefenceSynergia (DS) is not alone in recognising there are ever widening cracks in the foundations of UK’s defence strategy, as emphasised by Robert Gates, a former US Defense Secretary, on the BBC Today programme on the 16 January 2014. The latter adding further strength to the concerns articulated by […]

Evian Group Taskforce Meeting: Glum and Glummer

7 Mar


24 Feb

New year foreign policy resolutions: a selection from around the world

6 Jan

The 99

13 Sep

Since his 2010 TED talkon his Muslim superheroes comics, Naif Al-Mutawa and ‘the 99’ have become famous.  As described on TED, his ‘new generation of comic book heroes fight more than crime — they smash stereotypes and battle extremism. Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, his characters reinforce positive messages of Islam and cross cultures […]

Downturn in Facebook usage in US/UK

5 May

In my research getting under the skin of social media usage in North Africa, I came across this fabulous website: www.socialbakers.com – ‘the heart of facebook statistics’.  Crammed full of social media advice to users, both private and corporate, this website is also full of captivating statistics (for example, do you know that 55% of […]

Top Five things to do in Lisbon

28 Jan

  Having been asked a few times recently by friends which are my favourite things to do in Lisbon, I thought I’d share them wider: 1.       Go to Sintra if you can to drive around the fabulous buildings (ex-english aristocracy from late 18c) in its own microclimate outside of Lisbon – make sure you visit […]