Cuba Libre? Reflections on the Modern Day Republic

Two weeks ago, months of closed-door negotiations between the Obama administration and the Cuban government finally culminated in an eagerly-anticipated announcement of sweeping reforms, with the end goal of normalizing relations with Cuba. Whilst the Congressionally-mandated embargo on Cuba remains intact, the historic deal takes steps to remove Cuba from the State Department list of … More Cuba Libre? Reflections on the Modern Day Republic

“No Friends But The Mountains”: The Future of Iraq’s Kurdish Minority

On the 20th of August, 1920, the landmark Treaty of Sevres was ratified by major powers to mark an end to the more than six-century-old Ottoman Empire. The provisions of the Treaty are significant in understanding modern geopolitical conflicts in the Middle East: amongst them, the creation of French-mandated Syria, and British-mandated Palestine. But owing … More “No Friends But The Mountains”: The Future of Iraq’s Kurdish Minority

La Batalla: Why Mexico Hasn’t Won The War On Drugs Yet

On the 22nd of February, Joaquin Guzman, known as “El Chapo” and the most powerful drug trafficker in the world, was captured and seized by Mexican authorities, 13 years after escaping from a high security prison. Known as Mexico’s Osama Bin Laden, he had been pursued in a high-stake operation in conjunction with the US … More La Batalla: Why Mexico Hasn’t Won The War On Drugs Yet

The Silent Struggle: Why We Need A Frank Discussion About Kashmir

“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.” – Mahatma Gandhi On the 7th of January this year, the tensions between the Indian armed forces and Kashmiri separatist groups came to head in a bloody gun battle which resulted in the death … More The Silent Struggle: Why We Need A Frank Discussion About Kashmir

Turkey’s Floundering Democracy: Is There A Future For Erdogan’s Government?

“The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst” – David Hume Political troubles have been brewing in Turkey since last Tuesday when a series of arrests of high-profile public officials linked to a wide-scale corruption scandal began. Amongst those arrested include police officers, leading businessmen, the head of the Turkish state bank, … More Turkey’s Floundering Democracy: Is There A Future For Erdogan’s Government?

The Obama Dichotomy: Balancing Diplomatic Relations With Israel And Iran

“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living” – Omar Nelson Bradley At 4:30 am on Sunday 24th of November, a historic agreement was reached in Geneva between Iran and the p5+1 regarding Iran’s controversial … More The Obama Dichotomy: Balancing Diplomatic Relations With Israel And Iran

The Bundestag Elections And How They Could Change German Foreign Policy

“It is hard to think of any election in recent times in Europe which has mattered more to more people than the one that takes place in Germany on Sunday” – The Guardian Tomorrow, citizens of the Bundesrepublik will go to the voting booths to decide the fate of what is arguably the most influential … More The Bundestag Elections And How They Could Change German Foreign Policy