By Jacob Coffelt

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Joe Biden delivered an impassioned speech on Friday at the Munich Security Conference on the new direction of US Foreign Policy in what marked a radical departure from the trajectory of the Trump administration.

‘Reclaiming our Place in International Institutions’

While nobody was shocked by the direction the Biden administration is taking in terms of Foreign Policy, this was his first real address to the International Community and he made sure his position was clear “America is back”.

Part of the Biden administration’s platform which they ran on during the presidential election was based on the idea of America being a global leader…


The Rogue Effect

By Deart Bullari

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It is fascinating when we think about society in general and the conglomerate of individuals that are part of it. Each one of us has its unique personality. Sociologist Emile Durkheim said that society represents a machine where every one of us has a specific role to make this great machine work.

We are part of a bigger picture, well-formed, well-constructed, and have been working in this particular way for as much as history assures us. …


By Nikita Triandafillidis

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A girl in the northern provinces of Sri Lanka. Photo credit: The Washington Post

On June 9, 2020, the citizens of Sri Lanka protested outside the U.S embassy in Colombo, condemning the racism and police brutality that spread throughout the USA. These protests reminded the people of Sri Lanka about their own civil strife against discrimination, trying to heal after a long period of civil war that tore the nation apart. The memories of this war, which just ended almost 11 years ago still, haunt the island of Sri Lanka, and ethnic unity is still quite a difficult thing to achieve.

Haunted memories

On May 18, 2009, one of the longest…


By Jacob Coffelt

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According to the Egyptian initiative for personal rights (EIPR), Gasser Abdel-Razek, Karim Ennarah and Mohamed Basheer were arrested on November 3rd for “spreading false news” as well as for “joining a terror group”.

The three human rights activists were working for the EIPR when they were arrested after performing a public interview about human rights in Egypt with foreign diplomats. Something which is not explicitly outlined as an illegal activity in Egypt, hence the unrelated charges.

The EIPR released this statement on Thursday regarding the release of their staff:

“Gasser, Karim and Basheer were let go directly…


By Jacob Coffelt

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On Tuesday, US attorney General William Barr seemingly contradicted the Trump administrations claims of widespread voting irregularities in an interview he had with the Associated Press.

“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election” - William Barr

Despite being a vocal Trump supporter and pursuing allegations of voting irregularities around the country, Barr along with the Justice Department have yet to find any evidence to support the Trump administrations claims.

Despite this, Trumps response was unusually calm and polite.

“with all due respect to the…


By Deart Bullari

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It takes more than a man to obtain such power, a figure, maybe, an inspirational symbol, a god-king that embodies dreams and aspirations. In the words of Maximus (Russel Crowe) in the “Gladiator”: What we do in life echoes in eternity.

These words cannot be fitted better on than Alexander the Great. The life of this great adventurer itself can fill thousands of pages, and it would only be a glimpse of his greatness. …


Terrorism and Counter-terrorism in the EU: A breaking point for further integration or disintegration?

By Djordje Terek

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Counter-terrorism units being deployed in Vienna the day after the attack. Photo credit: WSJ

Another deadly terrorist attack splashed the European coast, but for the first time, the target was the capital of Austria, Vienna. The Islamic State claims the responsibility for the terrorist attack that left four casualties and several wounded, clearly sending a message that no place in Europe is safe anymore.

The European Union is facing a threat of a critical magnitude, as in past weeks and months, terrorist attacks and beheading sow fear throughout entire Europe.

Terrorism in Europe is not a new…


By Nikita Triandafillidis

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U.S elections, 2020: Photo credit: BBC

With the U.S. presidential elections being only a few days away, both candidates for the presidency have unleashed their campaign strategies to attract the American voters. Not so surprisingly, Russia has been at the epicenter of these publicity stunts and the approach that both candidates will have towards Russia will be crucial these last days. Why does the Kremlin approach have such an impact on U.S elections and how will the elections affect the future relationship between the U.S and Russia?”

The most important event in Russian domestic politics: The U.S presidential elections

With the U.S. presidential…


Bangladesh and the introduction of capital punishment for rape: A solution to sexual violence or an inhumane act?

By Nikita Triandafillidis

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Students protesting in Dhaka. Photo credit: AP

“This week, the government of Bangladesh announced to implement the death penalty in rape cases after nationwide demonstrations broke out when footage of men attacking a woman emerged in social media.

The decision is seen as a form of justice for many women that cannot continue living in fear in a country that is characterized as a country of rapists. However, many international organizations see the decision with skepticism, questioning the morality of capital punishment”

The situation in Bangladesh


Nagorno-Karabakh, a region in turmoil: The Azeri-Armenian dispute that has destabilized the region for more than three decades

By Nikita Triandafillidis

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Armenian soldiers mobilizing. Photo credit AP News

“On Sunday, clashes broke out in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, also known as the Republic of Artsakh. Immediately a war on misinformation started from both sides, accusing each other of sparking the hostilities.

The region has been the main obstacle in normalizing the relations between Baku and Yerevan for almost 30 years. …

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