Nagorno-Karabakh: A Local Conflict with Global Implications

Commentary by Kirsten WILLIAMS Background to the conflict Nagorno-Karabakh, a 1,700 square-mile region which theoretically lies in Azerbaijan, has been contested for hundreds of years. Controlled at various points by Armenians, Persians, Turkic groups and Russians, Nagorno-Karabakh has a long and rocky history. The area is largely populated by Armenian Christians, but became an ‘autonomous … More Nagorno-Karabakh: A Local Conflict with Global Implications

Crises in Europe

Commentary by Louis VIS (Traduction Française) ‘Europe will be forged in crises, and will be the sum of the solutions adopted for those crises.’ (Jean Monnet 1988) Nearly thirty years have passed since Jean Monnet wrote those very words in his Mémoires, yet they still accurately represent the European Union (EU). Indeed, whilst the EU is … More Crises in Europe

Islamic State’s Terror in the West: Who Directs It?

Analysis by Alex IRELAND From the outside, Islamic State (IS) can seem a monolithic organisation expertly exporting terror attacks to the Western world. However, this impression is far from accurate. In fact, IS is mostly focused on holding and expanding territory in the Middle East, and places far greater emphasis on potential recruits to immigrate … More Islamic State’s Terror in the West: Who Directs It?

Burundi in Crisis

Analysis by Kirsten WILLIAMS The crisis consuming Burundi hit a new peak last week as around 100 people were killed within four days, some of them with their hands tied behind their backs. While foreign powers, including the U.S. and EU, urge their citizens and workers to leave, the economy is tanking. Is the country teetering … More Burundi in Crisis

What Causes Domestic Radicalisation in the West?

Analysis by Alex IRELAND Although many who commit acts of terror in Europe claim Islam as their motivation (though many others do not, as I will address later), it is important to distinguish between the violent ideology to which they were radicalised, and what made them susceptible to radicalisation in the first place. A focus … More What Causes Domestic Radicalisation in the West?