Can economic reform alter social norms?

Author: Emily Clifford The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, has made history with the announcement of a $500bn megacity project, NEOM, during Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative Summit, 24th - 26th October 2017. Source: Arab News Dubbed the ‘destination for the future,’ NEOM was born from Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, an ambitious... Continue Reading →


Syria: 60,000 dead and counting

As of February 2013, the civil war in Syria has been on-going for 1 year and 11 months. In March 2011, only 4 months since the Arab Spring began, protesters started to demand the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad and his Ba’ath Party government. President Assad had then been in power for 11 years, since... Continue Reading →

Guantanamo Bay: over a Decade of Damage

For those of us who have come to political consciousness since 9/11, the war on terror seems like a fact of nature rather than of history. We cannot remember a time when the West did not claim to wage war on an abstract concept, and we forget how unprecedented this is. The only analogous example in recent... Continue Reading →

Hrant Dink: a Man who died for his Journalism

Six years after the assassination of Hrant Dink, a Turkish journalist of Armenian origin, freedom of expression for journalists is still threatened in Turkey and many other countries in the world. Hrant Dink was  assassinated in 2007 for openly saying that Turkey should reconcile with its past and recognise the Armenian Genocide. He was assassinated... Continue Reading →

The Arms Trade Treaty: the Last Stand

What if there was a way to dramatically reduce armed violence, conflict and civil unrest, violations of international law, abuses of children's rights, civilian casualties, humanitarian crises and missed social and economic opportunities? According to a report by United Nations  Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, all of these problems could be combatted if the multi-billion-pound market... Continue Reading →

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