Contested waters and island building in the Asian-Pacific

The quest for control of the South China Sea has stirred up old antagonistic relationships between many countries in the Asian-Pacific region. A new phenomenon of island building is being used as a means to try and change the boundaries of international waters. This region is importing sand like no …

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“A Welfare Program for Journalists”: A Look at a Donald Trump Presidential Campaign

The 2016 primary election on the Republican side has seen something of a realignment of their traditional constituency, and a renegotiation of everything that used to be sort of true about the party’s ability to control its own nomination process. Donald Trump is capturing many voters who may not even …

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High Ambitions: Superpowers and the Weaponization of Outer Space

When Churchill in 1940 boasted that the British would never surrender, it was enough to beat your enemies at sea, in the air, in the fields and in the streets. This has been true for a very long time, and for most of the world, war is still something that …

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The most powerful diplomat of the world – Will an Eastern European Woman be the next UN Secretary General?

The upcoming elections in the United States are covered by the media in great detail, but there is another election to watch – that of the Secretary General of the United Nations. The current office holder, Ban Ki-moon, is in office until 31 December 2016. Although no specific date has …

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Politics of Public Space – the Transformation of Bogotá

During the first half of the 1990’s, the Colombian capital, Bogotá, had the reputation of being ‘the worst city in Latin America’. In the aftermath of the 1980’s fights between governments and drug cartels, the overall situation of the country was critical. The situation in Bogotá was a reflection of …

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The Model Tyrant – Paul Kagame and the trade-off between democracy and success

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame may be one of Africa’s most complex leaders, from having been called “one of the greatest leaders of our time” by Bill Clinton to being seen as a ruthless dictator by others. It is clear that the man, who lifted Rwanda from the devastation of the 1994 …

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Can beer stop human trafficking? An interview with Ulf Stenerhag, CEO and founder of Not For Sale Ale

“Having a product that is basically in some way bad, can actually move into the areas of bad activities and promote the issue.” Says Ulf Stenerhag founder and CEO of Not For Sale Ale in an interview with Utrikesperspektiv.se. Not For Sale Ale aims to create a world where No …

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2016: Year of the drama for North Korea

North Korea in 2016 has kept the world busy, with the recent hydrogen bomb and long-range ballistic missile testing, plus a satellite launch, depending on which Korea you ask. They have also broken several UN resolutions by this launch, which resulted in Japan (within minutes after the launch) had their defence ministry …

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Canada’s Cultural Genocide – The Legacy of Assimilation

The colonial history of Canada’s Indigenous people has been marked by pain and tragedy, and it has evidently imprinted many traumatic memories upon Indigenous communities. As Utrikesperspektiv.se has previously reported, the Canadian state is guilty of forceful assimilation practices which have had various negative effects on the country’s Indigenous population. …

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When Football led to War

On the 26th of March, El Salvador will welcome Honduras to Estadio Cuscatlán for a football qualifier, which both sides hope eventually will lead to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The neighbouring countries have faced off against each other 60 times in the past, but three games in 1969 …

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