Turkey’s Syrian Refugees: What Went Wrong and What Needs to Change?

Eight years into the Syrian conflict, reports from the United Nations Refugee Commission state that there are more than 3.5 million Syrian persons of concern* residing in Turkey. With a total of 3.6 refugees, Turkey is the world’s largest refugee-hosting country. Yet Turkey’s foundational structure for admittance of refugees was not designed with such a large scale crisis in mind; this becomes clear when examining the socio-economic and political atmosphere in Turkey, especially in the months leading up to highly significant elections, such as the First Presidential Election in June 2018, which followed the abandonment of a parliamentary system of governance. This calls for two important questions: what went wrong, and what needs to change? Continue reading “Turkey’s Syrian Refugees: What Went Wrong and What Needs to Change?”

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King’s Think Tank Working Group Visits the WHO

In March 2019, the Global Health working group of the King’s Think Tank, visited the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva. Time was of the essence on this trip so the group had a packed schedule. The seven colleagues managed to get a flavour of the working life at WHO HQ. They met several health policy experts whose work focused on the working group’s research fields, including mental health and global health security. The WHO employs around 4,000 people; there are a myriad of roles within the organisation highlighting the complexities of protecting the health of the globe.  Continue reading “King’s Think Tank Working Group Visits the WHO”

War in Donbass: Is the End in Sight?

Starting in 2014, Ukraine’s civil war is now the most deadly 21st century conflict on European soil.[1] Despite numerous attempts at resolution, through both force and diplomatic negotiation, the war shows little sign of stopping. Now into its fifth year, a stalemate runs across Eastern Ukraine, splitting the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics from Western Ukraine.  Continue reading “War in Donbass: Is the End in Sight?”

The Moral Hazards of Drone Warfare

Drones have come under the spotlight of political and academic debates in recent years, as they are set to define the next generation of war-making. Nonetheless, the recourse to drones remains a new type of warfare, with much ground left to cover regarding its precision, efficiency, and, as I will discuss, its effect on the mental health of collateral victims.  Continue reading “The Moral Hazards of Drone Warfare”

Snapshot: Misinformation and Global Health

In the interconnected world in which we live, information — both accurate and inaccurate — spreads quickly and widely across a variety of platforms. The spread of inaccurate information online, particularly through social media, has serious implications for global health, as can be seen in the proliferation and impact of anti-vaccination movements.  Continue reading “Snapshot: Misinformation and Global Health”

Mental Health and Natural Disasters

The impacts of natural disasters are usually indicated by death toll, damage to property and economic withdrawals. What often goes unseen are the mental health issues victims sustain after witnessing their hard-earned life get annihilated. A hurricane or earthquake may only last a moment but the mental trauma that the people bear lasts a lifetime. Continue reading “Mental Health and Natural Disasters”

“Fort Trump” and the Russian Threat in the Central-Eastern Europe

With the September visit of Polish President Andrzej Duda to the US and his meeting with US President Donald Trump, Poland once again raised the question of a stronger American military presence in the country. During the briefing session in the White House, President Duda said that he hopes both countries will jointly build a permanent American military base in Poland, which he referred to as “Fort Trump”.[1]   Continue reading ““Fort Trump” and the Russian Threat in the Central-Eastern Europe”