the Rwandan genocide and the wars in former Yugoslavia, the idea of a
“responsibility to protect” vulnerable populations has acquired currency. The Libyan
and Syrian crises have, however, seen the value of that currency recalibrated.
Metropolitan University is working with the Qatari government to train Qatari
police officers. What does the export of policing 'expertise', such as within this
lucrative business deal, reveal about the transformation of academia in the UK?
A quarter century after Mikhail Gorbachev supervised the collapse of Europe’s cold-war division, a world of new dividing lines is emerging—with Vladimir Putin playing an active part in inscribing them.
As the Syrian civil war moves into its fourth year, citizen journalists
have filled the gap left by professionals denied access to or evacuated from
the most dangerous country in the world for working journalists. But they are
painfully aware of the growing uninterest of the international media in the
has mounted on FIFA to address the toll of deaths among migrant workers in
Qatar, as the emirate prepares for the World Cup in 2022. As its Executive
Committee meets today, the international trade union movement is demanding
wasn’t as if Lebanon didn’t have troubles enough, with a shaky government
finally formed last month. But the Syrian refugee crisis is taking a huge toll
on a country which desperately needs international support.
a transition towards a new political dispensation is threatened by Islamist
violence, drone strikes, southern secessionism and tribal militancy. But
concentrating on the first alone and failing to understand the wider context
will not secure it.
Since the protests in Gezi Park eight months ago
freedom of expression has coming under increasing attack, both on and offline. A
new law now threatens digital civil society further, handing the government
excessive and arbitrary power to monitor the web.
The military-backed government has sought
to enrol journalists as foot-soldiers in its battle against the ousted Muslim
Brotherhood. But when editors met this week in Cairo, a collective spirit stirred.
With the larger substantive issues of ceasefires and political transition at an impasse, the ground broken over humanitarian access has suddenly become a metric for whether the first phase of Geneva II will be considered a success.
The recent conclusion of the National Dialogue
Conference in Yemen might seem to point to progress in that fractured state.
But the absence of the rule of law and impartial authority is allowing violence
to fester and the international community needs to act decisively.
The interim nuclear deal between the
western powers and Iran faces significant domestic and international
challenges. But after long hostility it may prove a trust-building
stepping-stone to a larger agreement.
After narrowly avoiding military intervention
in Syria, it is time for decision-makers to realise that there is a way to
strengthen and reinforce the norms behind humanitarian intervention: systematic
civilian casualty recording.