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Globalisation Café

Reposted from our new Partner site Globalisation Café WHAT IS GLOBALISATION? A thin cloud of steam rises in wisps from your branded paper cup. Steam is the same everywhere. You … Continue Reading →


A brief thought on being a contemporary “rogue state”

In the early 1990’s the UN rid Iraq of chemical weapons. But in 2003 a US-led military campaign toppled the regime and Saddam Hussein was eventually hanged. In 2007 Libya … Continue Reading →


Syria after Ghouta: the urge to act, and the need to act wisely

According to US Secretary of State, John Kerry, there is no doubt that the ruling Asad regime is responsible for what was apparently a horrific gas attack in Ghouta, a … Continue Reading →

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

A new Emir but plus ça change for Qatar’s international role

While Qatar celebrates new leadership the wealthy emirate’s international activism is likely to continue, albeit in a different guise. 33-year-old Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani became Emir of Qatar on 25 … Continue Reading →

The Reluctant Revolutionary - on Yemen's uprising, screened on 11 February, 2013

Reflections on Plymouth University’s ‘Resistance Films’ Series 2013

by Dr Patrick Holden, Mathilde Martin-Nouvel, David McErlane, and Dr Philip Leech In January-March 2013, the department of Politics and International Relations and Peninsula Arts Centre at Plymouth University organised a short … Continue Reading →

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The flawed logic of a Sunni vs. Shi‘a ‘civil war’

A number of recent documentary films (such as Channel Four’s Aleppo’s Children and PBS’ Syria Undercover) have highlighted the nearly unimaginable horror experienced by those afflicted by the ongoing conflict … Continue Reading →


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