Why Biden’s New Southeast Asia Foreign Policy is Easier Said Than Done?

The high-profile visit of the U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris to Southeast Asia came to an end. Harris concluded her trip to Singapore and Vietnam with what seemed empty promises and left the international audience somehow bewildered regarding the U.S. administration’s foreign policy for Southeast Asia. Security and defense have traditionally been the main objectives … Continue reading Why Biden’s New Southeast Asia Foreign Policy is Easier Said Than Done?

“Peacemaking” Hypocrisy: Human Rights Violations are Turning into a Norm Under the Taliban Regime

Despite their promises, the Taliban have failed to honour their word on a number of commitments. There are still ongoing violations of basic human rights (such as the right of women to study and work, and freedom of the media). The amnesty offered to political opponents turned out to be mere lip service. The situation … Continue reading “Peacemaking” Hypocrisy: Human Rights Violations are Turning into a Norm Under the Taliban Regime

Cults’ Criminal Accountability in the EU Legal Framework

Cults are known as spiritual or religious movements which develop outside of mainstream religions. Over the decades, the term has taken on a negative connotation, since many of these religious groups are often characterized by an extremist and a radicalizing doctrine and have been alleged of crimes against their own adepts, including coercion, sex abuse, … Continue reading Cults’ Criminal Accountability in the EU Legal Framework

Child Marriage Continues to Rage all Over the World

What is Child Marriage? Child Marriage, a deplorable practice of marrying children under the age of 18, remains a worldwide scourge to this day.  Unfortunately, it is a custom that often involves families who either through custom or belief, consider it right. In order to provide a future for their children, they marry them off … Continue reading Child Marriage Continues to Rage all Over the World

On Socially Acceptable Activism and the Deradicalisation of Taking the Knee

One of the main talking points of the belated 2020 UEFA European Football Championship was the involvement of footballers in coordinated anti-racist protests by taking the knee before the beginning of each match. Notably, the English football team’s decision to protest racism was met with disapproval by a fraction of their own supporters, who decided … Continue reading On Socially Acceptable Activism and the Deradicalisation of Taking the Knee

A Glass of Shampanskoye- Don’t You Forget About the Tsar

As a new Russian law changing the labelling of French bubblies went into effect last month, one must not forget the real message sent by the Kremlin: Putin is still able to get into Western leaders’ heads. Figure 1:Photograph: Itar-Tass/Alamy To the dismay of oenologists and oenophiles around the world, the Russian government decided to … Continue reading A Glass of Shampanskoye- Don’t You Forget About the Tsar

Biden’s Foreign Policy and his Afghanistan Decision

President Biden won the 2020 Presidential elections with a campaign strategy that promised a more compassionate foreign affairs policy. His decision to remove all American troops from Afghanistan’s territory, leaving the country completely vulnerable to Taliban intervention, gave a very different impression.  The humanitarian catastrophe currently unfolding in Afghanistan suggest that Biden’s concern was directly … Continue reading Biden’s Foreign Policy and his Afghanistan Decision

A Fistful of Votes: the Boredom of the Italian Right-wing Rhetoric on Migration

What a lovely season! Summer! Beaches, sun, holidays. Everything is beautiful during summer. Mainly, if you live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. At least, one of the best, according to the lovely weather, for sure. Albeit we can’t talk about the political climate in the same way. August 3rd, 2021: … Continue reading A Fistful of Votes: the Boredom of the Italian Right-wing Rhetoric on Migration