With the Saudi King Abdullah dead, speculation has been rife that instability threatens the kingdom. Yet clan rivalry is normal in the House of Saud and for at least one more generation it is likely that the princes may enjoy their privileges more than they hate each other’s successes.
Dr. Simon Leitch argues that the fighting in Ukraine has largely fallen off the radar of many people in the West, and there is no longer any serious talk of getting back Crimea, but the long-term dangers for Ukraine are as high as ever. Rather than facing Russian annexation, Ukraine now finds itself in the unenviable position of becoming yet another frozen conflict zone on the Russian periphery.
In this insightful analysis Dr. Jon Kofas looks back to those events that changed the world in 2014.
Extinction is not just a matter of life and death, it is the hinge between existence and non-being. Today, the rising threat of mass extinction poses an unprecedented challenge for security, and to the ontology and ethics that attend it.
Dr. Irfan Ahmad in this striking historical analysis, explains Mahatma Gandhi’s views on the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict. In doing so, Ahmad reveals Gandhi as a man was plagued by inconsistencies, contradictions and secrecy, he was a man who was not above using the conflict for his own political ends.
According to European, American and Ukrainian sources, Russia has invaded Ukraine. The conflict has finally evolved into a conventional war, and yet policymakers in the Ukraine remain reluctant to actually declare war. After all, it has become customary for states to fight wars without declarations and if Ukraine is to declare war it will only legitimize more Russian attacks and allow Russia to play the role of the injured. The Ukrainian dilemma over the word “war” is an apt illustration of how words matter in international politics.
One month ago, Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17 was shot down in Ukraine in an event described as a game changer for the insurgency. Many pundits felt that “Russia” or “Putin” would have to de-escalate the crisis and back away from supporting the insurgency. A month later we can say that the game changer was clearly nothing of the sort and it isn’t hard to see why.