Why would any country risk so much without any measurable gain?
The Dutch Narrative of Water Management
By Maria Giannakopoulou Sun Tzu famously said that if you want to defeat your enemy, you have to be like water – able to adjust and take every possible shape. But what happens when you have to confront water itself? Climate change and water crisis are much more than just a threatening narrative; It is … Continue reading The Dutch Narrative of Water Management
ChatGPT can be great or horrible for Private International Law
Can a LawGPT flip the law market upside down?
Upgrade Unlocked: e-Embassy
Is diplomacy going through digital transformation as well?
Papyrus Review of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
📜 If I had to rewrite the whole book on a singe papyrus scroll, which parts would I keep? By Alexandros Sainidis Why is this book beneficial for those interested in International Relations? Because by nature we are generalists. We study the biggest social actors, states and international organisations, which cover enormous parts of Earth’s … Continue reading Papyrus Review of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
The Blueprint for International Relations (or how to read the World)
If you only have ten minutes to understand what is happening globally, read this.
How to cope with decease in science
What happens when a scientific topic dies?
Prediction and International Relations
Predictions are cringe.
The Chronicle of the Catalan Question
By Maria Giannakopoulou, The right of a people to self-determination is a striking and of highest importance right in the domain of modern international law. Going back to history, we spot the first time of its reference during the Westphalian Era, when the first European states as known today begun taking shape and appeared determined … Continue reading The Chronicle of the Catalan Question
Black Swans and Black Sheep
What do the Black Swans of Bosnia have in common with the Azov Battallion of Ukraine?
Soft-Power and the concept of ‘Mosaic Diplomacy’.
International politics could be compared to a mosaic which depicts power, both hard and soft.
How Macron took lessons from de Gaulle’s Playbook
The Turkish-Russian Nuclear Cooperation
Can Turkey become a nuclear power with the help of Russia?
The Internet Products
The end of the Cold War coincides with the Internet’s true development.
The conflict between Law and Power in Ukraine
By Stefanos Michelakakis, George Monopatis and Alexandros Sainidis Think of International Law as a set of rules that bind the states which have signed them. In many cases there are conventions that almost all the countries of the International Community are member-states of. These include the United Nations charter, the provisions of which are the … Continue reading The conflict between Law and Power in Ukraine
How Crypto could bridge Intelligence with Academia
Being unable to share despite knowing can be a subtle form of torture. You do not have to be a CIA spy to gain access to classified intel. Being an International Relations Analyst can often be enough to gain access to less critical but still classified information. Even at Chatham House Rule conferences public figures … Continue reading How Crypto could bridge Intelligence with Academia
Pomaks: the Misunderstood within the Greek Muslim Minority
By Nickolaos Angelis Dealing with minority issues around the world definitely sparks the interest of various readers. Many are curious to learn about the indigenous peoples. The natives. The people who used to live in their ancestral homes before they were “discovered”. Ranging from the Sámi (Lapps) of Scandinavia to the Aborigines of Oceania, the … Continue reading Pomaks: the Misunderstood within the Greek Muslim Minority
A rare text to see in a Russian book
This is something George Kennan would be pleased to read.
Chinese Thought and the Structure of Global Power
Becoming the biggest player in history
Can Video Games Make Wars Less Atrocious?
Final Fantasy Tactics games are a good influence regarding International Humanitarian Law
The Coronavirus might make the Contiguous Zone relevant
Dibs on Contiguous Zone becoming more relevant.
For the sake of the Fourth
‘Oer the land of the free and the home of the brave’ A different 4th of July emerges, with President Biden presenting the U.S. and his leadership as winners, moving forward unmasked and with confidence. The current President’s goal has been to get approximately 2/3 of the American population vaccinated by this time. The initial … Continue reading For the sake of the Fourth
Celebrating April Fools’ by honoring Bismarck’s Birthday
Bismarck’s Birthday is no joke.
4 + 1 Football Games that Made History For All the Wrong Reasons
By Nickolaos Angelis It is commonly said that Football is more than just a game. That’s because team sports often offer an intense emotional experience. In support of that claim, an important motive behind the participation in an association is the need to identify with a certain group of people which reflects the experiencing background of … Continue reading 4 + 1 Football Games that Made History For All the Wrong Reasons
Lv 1: Games and International Relations
When it comes to world politics it is typically said that there is no room for fun and games. Peace, public health, the economy and the climate are at stake, requiring delicate handling. Games, on the other hand, are usually associated with children. One could characterize childhood as a free trial to a premium membership … Continue reading Lv 1: Games and International Relations
A Biden Future
New Year – New US President
The Evolution of Terrorism
Did you know that terrorism is a phenomenon that started towards the end of the 19th century?
Does MAD apply to Greco-Turkish relations?
Neither Greece nor Turkey are nuclear powers. Would the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) still apply to the two Aegean neighbours?
How does the system function? An interpretation of the current world order.
Understanding how the international system functions remains a rather confusing task mainly because the world order constitutes a dynamic field, the features of which are under constant change. This is due to the fact that the international system is the output of the perpetual interaction of countless actors, factors and parameters. In the effort to … Continue reading How does the system function? An interpretation of the current world order.
Mass immigration as a political tool
By Stefanos Michelakakis and George Monopatis Since ancient times the phenomenon of immigration offered to some people the chance for a better life and to some others a rather sudden turbulence. Either it was to escape from a harsh environment or an invader, immigration provided a ray of hope for those who have lived a … Continue reading Mass immigration as a political tool
In need of reliable neighbours
By Nickolaos Angelis The “holy” relationship between the two Nations dates back to ancient times, when, during the epoch of the Maccabean wars against the Syrian yoke, the relations between Sparta and Judaea were renewed. This time the initiative was taken by the successful brother of Judas, Jonathan, in the last years of his reign … Continue reading In need of reliable neighbours
The Sociopolitical Pathogen
By Angeliki Martinou In 1918, the world faced a pandemic, the ‘Spanish flu’, of origin geographically still unidentifiable. A century later, SARS-CoV-2, originating from China, became a worldwide health emergency. In March 2020, the WHO officially declared Covid-19 a pandemic, urging countries all over the world to take a “whole of government, whole of society … Continue reading The Sociopolitical Pathogen
Trump’s Impeachment: a Domestic and Foreign Affair
By Angeliki Martinou Under Trump’s presidency, the U.S has admittedly been at media’s frontline, and the impeachment of a U.S President is no fun and games. With Trump’s recent foreign policy success – the killing of Quassem Suleimani and the deterrence of an Iranian escalation – combined with a prosperous economy, an important question arises: … Continue reading Trump’s Impeachment: a Domestic and Foreign Affair
Escalation in the Middle-East: The Assassination of Qassim Suleimani
By Mubbashir Hussain An unprecedented and expectedly very consequential event took place outside the Baghdad Airport on the third morning of the year 2020. Major General Qassim Suleimani, Commander of Quds Force of Iranian Revolutionay Guard Corps, was killed in a missile attack. According to a Pentagon statement, the attack was carried out at the … Continue reading Escalation in the Middle-East: The Assassination of Qassim Suleimani
Is There Really a Power Void in the Middle East?
The approval of Turkey’s code-named Operation Peace Spring in north-eastern Syria by the United States, highlighted a strident contention of numerous Foreign Policy analysts on the basis of which the United States has ceased to be the preponderant force in the Middle East. The overemphasized passivity of the United States towards Turkey’s aggression and overall … Continue reading Is There Really a Power Void in the Middle East?
Remembering the Fall of the Berlin Wall: 30th Anniversary
By George Monopatis and Alexandros Sainidis Following the defeat of the Third Reich, Germany was virtually cut in half. The Red army had occupied East Germany in the same fashion the Russian empire did during its war with Frederick the Great. What is remarkable, however, what happened to Berlin itself, the capital city of Germany. … Continue reading Remembering the Fall of the Berlin Wall: 30th Anniversary