Human Rights in the EU and Peacekeeping in Darfur |This Week’s Top Hot Links #125

11 Apr

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at the future of Indian politics as the elections approach, and studies the role Islam and religion in Russia’s intervention in Crimean affairs. It also looks at the likelihood of the peace process in the Middle East surviving after John Kerry’s recent attempts to establish a deal between Israel and the Palestinians appears to be sinking. Finally, this week we explore human rights in the EU and UN’s peacekeeping efforts in Darfur.

Assessing Sanctions on Russia and Building a Strategic Europe | This Week’s Top Hot Links #124

19 Mar

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at conflict resolution in Africa, and assesses the failings in the current intervention strategies used by foreign powers. The links also compare the policies taken by the EU and America to Russia, and explores the key differences in their approaches. Furthermore, we explore the impact of the Ukraine crisis on the strategic ability of Europe. We look to the NYT to examine the poor international response to the ongoing crisis in Syria, and speculate why so little is being done, before finally going to Al Jazeera to assess the definition of terrorism and the value of negations with ‘terrorist’ groups.

A New Europe? Shifting Power Politics in Europe | This Week’s Top Hot Links #123

12 Mar

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at US intervention in the Ukraine and the Middle East, with arguments for and against both. We also look at Britain’s place in the world as its defence budget shrinks, questioning what the effect will be on its armed forces and its current position as a world military power. In addition, the articles explore the shift in power between the EU member states, and examine how the future of Europe’s leadership may change. Finally we examine peace in the Middle East and the Gulf States, as tensions come to a head between Qatar, UAE and Bahrain, and arguments for US peacekeeper intervention in the Israel-Palestine peace process are put forward.

Assessing the Impact of Russian Intervention in Crimea |This Week’s Top Hot Links #122

5 Mar

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at the current crisis between Ukraine and Russia, and the strategies of the major world powers in response to this. It assesses the likely impact Russia’s actions has had, and will continue to have, on European order and European markets energy markets as the situation unfolds. The links this week also explore the concept of democracy, from its early successes to the problems it appears to be facing currently, and finally, it assesses the progress and achievement of the G 20 over the last 5 years, and outlines the challenges that lie ahead.

Debating the use of Cyberattacks as a Justified Humanitarian Intervention |This Week’s Top Hot Links #121

26 Feb

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at the trouble facing democracy in the EU as political crisis hits its newest members. We also look at the debate over cyberattacks as a justified humanitarian intervention tactic in the wake of the ongoing conflict in Syria. In addition, this week’s links take a look at new leadership in Italy and Ukraine, and the new policies that need to be implemented in these states. Finally, we examine the future of Afghanistan as Nato and the US make final decisions over the presence of foreign troops in the country.

Strategy for Nuclear Deals with Iran and Free Trade in the US |This Week’s Top Hot Links #120

21 Feb

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at Scottish Independence and the troubles facing Salmond. It also looks at international relations between Turkey and the US, as well as China and Pakistan, with tensions flaring between the former and relations strengthening between the latter. In addition, this week’s articles take a look at the strategy going forward with Iran’s nuclear deals, and explore the benefits of free trade in the face of Obama’s struggles with protectionism.

The Future of the Global Economy and Promoting Democracy| This Week’s Top Hot Links #119

14 Feb

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs explores the future of the global economy in a debate hosted by Foreign Affairs and including the views of five leading economists. This week we also look at European methods of promoting democratic values in hard to reach places, as well as outlining the lessons for governments that should be taken from Argentina’s steady decline. In addition, we examine Russia’s Foreign Policy in Syria as it continues to block attempts at establishing a ceasefire. Finally, we explore the impact the new interim President interim President of the Central African Republic may have on the bloodshed in the country.

Debating the War on Terror | This Week’s Top Hot Links #118

7 Feb

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs explores the War on Terror and redefines the threat posed by al-Qaeda. It also compares the political and geographical origins of the South Sudan crisis, and questions the rights of women in Saudi Arabia. In additon, we take a look at an article that dissects the leadership of China and outlines some of the difficulties of governing the country. Finally, we have a look at why the rise of the BRICS is not as significant as first thought.