Analysis

The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and its relevance to the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Geneva on 12 January 2017

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In Politics, Aristotle issued a timeless warning: ‘Man, when perfected, is the best of animals but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.’  (Source: The Politics of Aristotle as translated by B. Jowett (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1885), page 5.) Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 2 January 2017 Since antiquity, Aristotle’s point has been illustrated on countless occasions, none more brutally than during the Second World War from 1939 to 1945.Under the iron ... Read More »

A principled basis for a just and lasting Cyprus settlement in the light of International and European Law

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International Expert Panel Covered By The Committee For A European Solution In Cyprus Preamble 1. The purpose of this Report, prepared by an International Expert Panel, is to seek a just Cyprus settlement providing for the peaceful and prosperous future of all the people of the island. In order to do this, one must apply the key principles drawn from international and European law which apply in the settlement of international disputes, including disputes concerning members of the European Union. ... Read More »

Don’t Get Mired in Failed States

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There are many forces out there in the world, based in failed states, who want to destroy the United States. They can’t. David A. Bell The National Interest THE MOST predictable crises the new administration will face will involve failed states, mired in Don’t Get Mired… Read More »

Policy winners and losers across Europe in 2016

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Sugar, butter and Wolfgang Schäuble came out on top while Uber, Google and Big Tobacco had a tougher 2016. Politico The policy landscape of 2016 is littered with dead ideas and dotted with breakout stars. It was a… Policy winners and… Read More »

Is Erdogan trying to wreck US-Turkey relations?

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s frustration over his failed and costly Syria policies ventured into the bizarre when he claimed he had “confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos” of the US providing support for the Islamic State (IS), the… Al-Monitor Is Erdogan trying… Read More »

Italy’s lost decade

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Is Italy the world’s new Greece? Desmond Lachman AEI Judging by the still relatively buoyant Italian sovereign bond market, one could be forgiven for thinking that all is well with the Italian economy. Similarly, one could be excused for believing that Italy poses little threat to the… Italy’s lost decade… Read More »

Why the West’s Betrayal of Democratic Russia Brought Us Putin

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The West’s inability to accept Russia on equal terms after 1991 made the emergence of a nationalistic strongman… By Angus Roxburgh The Moscow Times This year was the 25th anniversary of the August coup against Gorbachev, and the demise of the Soviet… In Moscow in August 1991 I joined the crowds outside the… Why the West… Read More »

The Lennox-Boyd statement of 19 December 1956 and the origins of the proposed ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’ in Cyprus

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Introduction In Politics, Aristotle suggests that to obtain the clearest insight into anything, it is necessary to explore its origins. Klearchos A. Kyriakides * Agora Dialogue Published in Agora Dialogue on 27 December 2016 With Aristotle in mind, one is obliged to ask a key question at a critical time when the Republic of Cyprus may be on the verge of being transformed into – or succeeded by – a ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’. What are the origins of the proposed ‘federation’ together with ... Read More »

How Dr. Strangelove Learned to Love Trump

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PARIS – At first glance, former United States National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and President-elect Donald Trump would seem to have nothing in common. Dominique Moisi Project Syndicate In one corner stands the… How Dr. Strangelove… Read More »

Year in review: 2016 in the European Union

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The European Union seems to have spent 2016 in a state of constant crisis – or “polycrisis,” as European Commission president Juncker calls it. Our Brussels correspondent Bernd Riegert looks back over the past year. Deutsche Welle Following the… Year in review… Read More »

How Donald Trump Should Transform America’s Middle East Policy

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Disentanglement will require both farsightedness and political courage. Paul R. Pillar The National Interest THE OBAMA administration’s intended “pivot” to Asia was a valid statement not only about the importance of developments in… How Donald Trump… Read More »

An Aleppo-like Landscape in a Kurdish Redoubt of Turkey

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DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — It was the end of the day in an underground tavern with no name. By ROD NORDLAND  The New York Times Beneath a domed Ottoman ceiling, with the lights down low and the music muted, patrons could just hear a distant rumbling through the… An Aleppo-like… Read More »

The National Security Threats You’re Underestimating

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Climate change, pandemics and cybersecurity top the list. Gary Hart The National Interest IN RECENT years, there has been an evolution in the understanding of the nature of security, both national and… The National Security… Read More »

Turkey shows why a free press matters

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Should it matter to U.S. national security when other countries restrict press freedom? ΑΕΙ Michael Rubin Many diplomats and politicians say no—it’s not America’s business and the United States should stop interfering in other… Turkey shows why… Read More »

Mobile phones, wifi and power lines

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What is non-ionising radiation? Non-ionising radiation is a specific type of radiation. Cancer Research UK Most non-ionising radiation has less energy than ionising radiation, this means it doesn’t have enough energy to change our cells in the same way as ionising radiation. Non-ionising radiation is used in a wide range of communications, electronic and other devices, including mobile phones, radio and TV. Different types of non-ionising radiation – such as microwaves, radio frequency waves and electromagnetic fields – are linked with ... Read More »

South Sudan: Rearranging the Chessboard

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President Salva Kiir has played a weak hand well since his main rival was forced out of Juba in July. ICG To avoid new flare-ups in South Sudan’s three-year-old civil war, Kiir and regional states should step up their work on a… South Sudan: Rearranging… Read More »