Background papers, Political Commentary

Emerging Alliances: Central and Near West Asia

On 4th and 5th April, President Erdogan hosted a meeting with President Putin of Russia and President Rouhani of Iran. While the stated goal was to discuss the situation in Syria, the meeting was a clarion call, a warning and a sign of changing times and alliances. The conflux of Russia, Iran and Turkey allows… Continue reading Emerging Alliances: Central and Near West Asia

Political Commentary

Alternative Interpretations: UK and the Russian Expulsions

The timing of the alleged Russian poisoning of the defector was uncanny. It was the week before PM May was going to have her final showdown with the EU on BREXIT negotiations. Then there was the positioning and May's carefully crafted House of Commons statement a few days later, in which she invoked the full… Continue reading Alternative Interpretations: UK and the Russian Expulsions

Background papers, International Law, Political Commentary

International Law and Exceptionalism: Russia and the US

The ravages of World War II had put a finer point on the need for the emergent community of nations to maintain a strong collective commitment to international norms and conventions. This created the bedrock for the United Nations and the international legal system in the immediate aftermath. Challenges quickly emerged as Communism and religious… Continue reading International Law and Exceptionalism: Russia and the US

Background papers

Syria Seven Years Later: No Comment

I defer to the perfect written statement from the Responsibility to Protect (G2P) IGO. Here it is ... there are no words to describe the sorrow and regret that I have for what is happening in Syria. Please read this: Quote: This Thursday, 15 March, will mark seven years of deadly conflict in Syria. Since… Continue reading Syria Seven Years Later: No Comment