Bombs, Borders, and Blackmail – A look backwards and forwards at the turbulence in the Western Sahara 

The Western Sahara, the territory on the Northwest coast of Africa which is sometimes called ‘Africa’s Last Colony’ due to its listing by the UN as a non-decolonized territory, has had an extremely turbulent year. From escalating violence in the South of the territory to diplomatic fights over international recognition,

The Race to Vaccinate the World – A Global Power Play in Latin America

For centuries, Latin America and the Caribbean have been the site of geopolitical power plays. The Covid-19 pandemic has made the region once again the stage for  competition over the world’s leadership position – this time between China and the United States. This past year has opened up a new

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Fuelled the Fire of New Conspiracy Theories

Since the storming of the U.S. Capitol, QAnon has flourished as a widely-known conspiracy theorist cult. Its followers believe that paedophiles control media and politics and that a deep state  – where a hidden government rules over the legitimate elected body – has been created in the United States. They

The Arabian Union and why it doesn’t exist

Cultural similarities, historical connections, and the same spoken language. At first glance, the countries of the Arab world seem to enjoy good circumstances for a regional economic integration similar to the European Union. The countries are young and the borders separating them do not stem primarily from interstate conflicts. Instead

The Humanitarian Crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia – A Witness Report

It has been six months since the Ethiopian government launched a military operation against the regional Tigray People’s Liberation Front, TPLF, on November 4th 2020, after weeks of rising political tensions. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared a state of emergency and all communication to and from the region was stopped.

Hanging in the balance – Afghanistan’s women in fear as the country enters a new political era

Wandering the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan in the 1960’s, one could have passed by women wearing miniskirts, walking alongside their male friends on their way to their university classes. Much has happened since then. The country has been in a state of conflict for nearly 40 years, and after the