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Illegal Fishing and Europe: Control Begins At Home

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Oceana has reported on the concerning state of swordfish fisheries in the Mediterranean, highlighting in particular the indiscriminate targeting and trading of this fish by EU (particularly Italian) vessels. According to the NGO, EU inspectors recorded a series of serious incidents in Italy during March 2013. These included the widespread trading of undersize swordfish, unusually […]

Swedish Submarine Search Signals Sub Par Stockholm Capabilities

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By James Krotz For over a week, the Royal Swedish Navy and Air Force have been frantically looking for a suspected Russian submarine in Ingaro Bay, the main port approach to the wharves of Stockholm.  On Thursday, the search was finally called off, ending the largest Swedish naval operation since the end of the Cold […]

What is international mediation?

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Today we are going to talk about mediation with a particular  focus on multi-party mediation efforts. Even thought they might try their best, negotiatiors often do not succeed in reaching a negotiate agreement. In some cases, conflicting parties won’t even engage in negotiations without the help of an actor who is not party to the […]

World Day Against the Death Penalty: Japan Today

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I was recently interviewed by ABC News, the Australian public broadcaster. I was asked my view on Japan’s death penalty policy and some of this interview will be live in Australia today, the 10th Oct 2014, World Day Against the Death Penalty. There are 125 death row inmates in Japan (as of 24 August 2014) and I was […]

Ebola in Europe

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WHO’s European director says continent remains at low risk and one of the best prepared places to respond to the infection. Ebola has infected about 7,200 people in west Africa, killing more than 3,400 of them in the largest outbreak of the disease in history. Cases have also been imported into Nigeria, Senegal and the US. […]

Road to Paris: Time for UK to show leadership on climate change

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The next twelve months will be critical in shaping the European Union’s position on climate change, ahead of the all-important UN climate negotiations which start next November in Paris. But will the UK be a help or a hindrance to delivering ambitious action on climate change? At the UN Climate Summit in New York this […]

Worldwide Carbon Emissions Set for Record Levels in 2014 – Can the EU Step up its Leadership in New York and beyond?

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Recent data from the Global Carbon Project show that worldwide carbon dioxide emissions—the main driver of climate change—are set to reach a record-breaking 40 billion tones in 2014, led by a 2.5% rise in fossil fuel burning. In order to maintain a 66% chance of keeping global warming below 2 degrees—a widely accepted safety threshold—global […]

Higher Education and World Politics

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Isaac Kamola In recent decades the world has witnessed massive expansion of higher education. The total number of universities is continuing to expand, as is the total percentage of the world’s population receiving college degrees.[1] Many governments, most notably in the Middle East and Asia, are spending large amounts of money on higher education in […]

A missed opportunity

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20 years ago, on the 1st of September 1994, two German MPs from the CDU led by Helmut Kohl published a position paper, which bore the innocuous title ‘Reflexions on European Politics’ and which became quickly named the ‘Schäuble-Lamers Paper’ after its authors. The propositions and recommendations formulated in this rather dense document of a […]

Do International Institutions matter? Why?

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Actually the question is: Do International Institutions, mainly, reflect the preferences of the most powerful states? Or can they develop a life of their own?  I think they often reflect both. Obviously the most powerful states crucial for setting up these Organizations and for obtaining as credible International Organizations, but. Over a period of time, the Organizations often do develop a particular culture, […]

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