Student Voice

Spain’s growing political and social tensions

At the turn of 2013 Spain enters another year of economic, social and political crisis. The future does not look bright; the figures for the last quarter of 2012 revealed a painful 26% unemployment rate (nearly 6 million people) and … Read More

Nord Stream and the Reality of Russia's 'Gas Weapon'

The 8th of November 2011 marks a new beginning in energy relations between the EU and Russia. Bypassing traditional transit countries, such as Belarus and Ukraine, the Nord stream pipeline will permit natural gas to be directly delivered from Russia … Read More

Can the G-20 Contribute to More Stable Food Prices?

The 22-23rd June 2011 G-20 Paris meeting was historic. For the first time, the G-20’s agricultural ministers gathered jointly with representatives from main international institutions such as the World Bank (WB), World Trade Organisation (WTO), FAO and the World Food … Read More

The US-India Partnership: Time to Lead

The U.S.-India relationship has had an upward trajectory. In fact, during his visit to India in November 2010, President Barack Obama said that U.S.-India relations will be “one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century”. Alluding to President Obama’s … Read More

The Challenge of a Pakistani Spring

Many Middle Eastern regimes have fallen due to the recent surge in youth-driven movements for rights and democracy. This change, the so called Arab Spring, is propagating on its own terms. A recent law passed in the Kingdom of Saudi … Read More

The Impact of Osama bin Laden's Death on International Islamic Terrorism

Following  the 9/11 attacks in the United States, Al Qaeda’s leader Osama Bin Laden became the main preoccupation of the US intelligence services. Almost one decade later, on May, 2nd 2011, US President Barack Obama put an end to the … Read More

Reassessing Australia's Campaign for a Seat on the UN Security Council

Australia’s Labor Government wants Australia to participate in global governance. A key aspect of this is former Prime Minister, now Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd’s continuing international efforts to gather support for one of ten rotating seats within the United Nations … Read More

The EU and the Western Balkans after Mladic

Last week’s extradition of Ratko Mladic to The Hague’s International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is a breakthrough for Serbia’s EU ambitions. Chief ICTY prosecutor Serge Brammertz commented after Mladic’s arrest that Belgrade ‘had fulfilled one of its … Read More

New Media is Driving Revolution in the Middle East

The use and impact of social media in recent mass protests in Tunisia and Egypt, and now in Bahrain and Yemen, is so overwhelming that some media analysts have named these ‘Facebook/Twitter revolutions’. For others, this argument has been greatly … Read More

France and the Ivory Coast - Solidarity or Subversion?

The official investiture of Mr. Assane Ouattara as the new President of Ivory Coast on the 21st of May has, theoretically, signalled the end of recent political turmoil that began with the elections of November 2010. In his inaugural speech, … Read More