2015 Cafes

Don Flynn, 25 Nov 2015
The Mediterranean Refugee Crisis – asylum seekers and the EU

The Mediterranean Refugee Crisis – asylum seekers and the EU

This year 350,000 migrants have already arrived in Europe by sea, over 2,600 have drowned in the Mediterranean, and the ...
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Adam Hanieh, 20 Nov 2015
Continuity or Change? Mapping the Political Economy of the Middle East

Continuity or Change? Mapping the Political Economy of the Middle East

The Arab uprisings that erupted in 2010-2011 have typically been presented through the narrow lens of dictatorship versus democracy. In ...
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Professor Yash Tandon, 26 October 2015
Catastrophic Delusion - the Myth of Free Trade

Catastrophic Delusion – the Myth of Free Trade

Everything, from land and water to health and human rights, is intimately linked to the issue of ‘free trade’. But ...
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Professor Chris Rapley, 5 October 2015
Climate Change – What will happen after the decisions in Paris?

Climate Change – What will happen after the decisions in Paris?

The impacts of climate change place future human prosperity and wellbeing at risk. Despite much progress in the development of ...
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Richard Bourne 21, September 2015
Nigeria: the Power of a Complex Land

Nigeria: the Power of a Complex Land

With a population of around 180 million, Nigeria is the largest country in Africa, and accounts for 47% of West ...
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Dr Aidan Hehir, 1 June 2015
Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: When, where and how?

Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: When, where and how?

Humanitarian Intervention is seldom out of the news, and questions surrounding the morality, legality and effectiveness of intervention abound. What ...
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Kirsten Ainley, 18 May 2015
How effective is the International Criminal Court?

How effective is the International Criminal Court?

 (ICC) which was set up by the United Nations under the Rome Statute began functioning in 2002 and issued its ...
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Vassilis Fouskas, 27 April 2015
Why Syriza is good news for Greece and Europe

Why Syriza is good news for Greece and Europe

The coming to power of Syriza in the recent elections in Greece marks what is potentially a watershed in the ...
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Dr David McCoy, 30 March 2015
Ebola: An epidemic waiting to happen again

Ebola: An epidemic waiting to happen again

The Ebola epidemic has gripped the attention of the international community for months now, raising an inordinate amount of fear ...
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Sargon Nissan, 16 March 2015
In whose interest? The role of our International Financial Institutions in a Post-Modern age

In whose interest? The role of our International Financial Institutions in a Post-Modern age

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have a profound impact on the global economy, affecting millions of lives ...
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Professor Abbas Edalat, 2 March 2015
Iran: Is a rapprochement with the West possible?

Iran: Is a rapprochement with the West possible?

The new government in Iran, the war in Syria and the impact of Isis in both Syria and Iraq have ...
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Dr. Toby Matthiesen, 16 February 2015
Saudi Arabia - its political structure, use of religion, and foreign policy

Saudi Arabia – its political structure, use of religion, and foreign policy

Saudi Arabia is a theocratic monarchy in which Sunni Islam is the state religion. It is an autocratic state with ...
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Dr. Joss Hands, 2 February 2015
Digital Media and Political Activism

Digital Media and Political Activism

Online social networking and mobile computing are now central to politics, and to calls for the reform of existing social structures.  As ...
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Dr. Pete Duncan, 19 January 2015
Is there a threat from Putin's Russia?

Is there a threat from Putin’s Russia?

At a time of increasing tension with the west over Ukraine, the Caucasus and the Middle East, Russia is often ...
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