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For Whom The Bell Tolls

This is a guest post by the Russian author Doctor Igor Gorkiy

In the early days of the Russian intervention in Ukraine mass media reported that, having talked to President Vladimir Putin by phone, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel told U.S. President Barack Obama that his Russian counterpart “lost contact with reality” and was “living in another world”. full story »

Implications of the Ukranian Crisis for the Asia Pacific

This is a guest post authored by Himanil Raina, a student at the NALSAR University of Law and a freelance writer on geopolitical and international affairs


Stop the Boats

The Australian minister for Immigration, Scott Morrison, has arguably the most unenviable cabinet position in Australian politics. The Asylum Seeker issue is one of the few areas of politics where the two major parties, the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party, find they can agree on. The current Australian government, under Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is adopting a yet more hardline approach than the bipartisan consensus. Titled “Operation Sovereign Borders,” Abbott’s position has been to order the Australian Navy to forcibly intercept unauthorized boats heading into Australian waters and escort them back into Indonesian waters. full story »

Wildlife Trafficking and the National Interest

Over the past few decades, the population of forest and savanna elephants in Africa has declined at an alarming rate.  Similar declines have occurred in the populations of rhinoceros, gorillas, tigers, turtles, and many other species throughout the world.  Habitat destruction associated with the spread of agriculture and logging into formerly remote areas has consistently been a leading cause of these losses.  full story »

Two Weeks Later: Looking Back on the Olympics


Even with the American uproar over the Russian-Ukrainian situation, as the Sochi Paralympics begin, the Games serve as an extraordinary reminder why the Paralympics, but more specifically the Olympics, have had such a huge effect on our international psyche. The influence of the Olympics extends beyond international relations and medal count, having had absolutely transformative effects on such areas as human rights. Looking back at the history of the Olympics, it is truly amazing that our society is blessed with such a great opportunity. full story »

Thailand Election Watch: Failure of the Democratic Process

A corrupt ruler-in-exile, his sister Prime Minister, and the crown prince: these are the players in what has become Thailand’s stagnant electoral process, stalled indefinitely by street clashes and civilian demonstrators. The Kingdom, overseen by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, is a supposed puppet government of her politically-entrenched family.  Live footage has shown protestors screaming in the streets against Shinawatra and her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a former prime minister who lives currently in self-imposed exile after his 2006 ouster by the military. full story »

A Tale of two Romanias.

Few European states have experienced more upheaval than Romania. In the last 150 years Romania has declared its independence, fought in both world wars (seeing its territory shrink and then double), become a democracy, then a dictatorship, and then a free nation again after the collapse of the USSR. Currently Romania is a NATO and EU member with an economy that was growing strongly until the global financial crisis in 2008. However, for all the country’s successes since independence in 1989 a shadow has hung over Romania’s foreign affairs, and surprisingly for Eastern Europe, it is not Russia.

Outdated Armies: The Impact of Technology on Military Readiness

This post is authored by Gregory Dunn, HIR Head of Writing  full story »

Refugee Radicalization: From Victims to Violence

This post is authored by Edyt Dickstein, an HIR staff writer 

As the Syrian civil war has raged for months, many see the situation as hopeless—believing that the country will continue to self-destruct, and that there may be little that the international community can do—particularly due to the radicalization of each side of the Civil War, leaving few forces who stand for moderation. But failing to take action does not just condemn the people of Syria to a grisly fate. Indeed, such behavior threatens the stability and even existence of Syria’s neighbors, in particular Lebanon and Jordan. full story »