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”

Kirkuk: City of Gold

Over the past year Iraq was liberated from the hold of ISIS.1 Prior to the liberation, political and economic activity was halted, and two main regional groups, the Iraqi central government and Kurdish regional government, came together with the help of the United States to push ISIS out of Iraq. One particular city, Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, is of great interest to the two regional authorities because it holds 40% of Iraq’s oil reserves.2  In order to understand Iraq’s new oil policy, it is first important to understand the regional relationship between the Arabs and the Kurds, and why Kirkuk is at the top of everyone’s agenda.  Continue reading “Kirkuk: City of Gold”

NATO, Russia, and Europe’s Chessboard: How Mutual Distrust Will Lead to Conflict

Russia intervened in Ukraine and annexed Crimea in 2014, and its behaviour towards Ukraine is just a small component of a much larger regional manoeuvre to push NATO away. Its strategy includes hybrid warfare as a way to weaken what it perceives as US-led NATO expansion. Like in Ukraine, Russia is escalating its presence in the Baltics, as a response to what it believes is NATO aggression. Continue reading “NATO, Russia, and Europe’s Chessboard: How Mutual Distrust Will Lead to Conflict”