Security and conflict

BSG Students, Security and conflict

Darjeeling  protests.

India’s Darjeeling: turmoil and human rights violation in the aspired Gorkhaland

Darjeeling is a district in the Indian state of West Bengal which shares the border with Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. A globally renowned destination right from the days of British colonisation, its landscape, toy train, tea gardens, and timber resource made it a popular destination for visitors throughout the 20th […]

by × 14 July 2017 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

US soldiers in Mosul, Iraq (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kieran Cuddihy. Source: Wikimedia)

What should come after ISIS in Mosul?

The military campaign for the liberation of the Islamic State’s stronghold city of Mosul, the capital city of Nineveh province, has begun today. After twenty-eight months of controlling the second-largest city of Iraq, ISIS’s chapter in Iraq will be brought almost to an end. Yet as the most diversified and […]

by × 17 October 2016 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

Colombia peace march in 2008. Source: Flickr Creative Commons

Colombia’s peace agreement offers a roadmap towards justice, truth and reparation

This Sunday Colombians will vote to approve the peace agreement between the National Government and the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC). The day of the signing, probably the country’s most important day in its modern history, followed the announcement of a definitive ceasefire made by President Juan Manuel Santos […]

by × 02 October 2016 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

MPP student Cameron Bell in Iraq

Summer project fieldwork: Between Iraq and a hard place

It was already feeling like a long day when I sat down with Ahmed for a cup of Iraqi sweet tea. He had come from the nearby Kurdish department of foreign relations, but I had come north from Sulaymaniyah, about a 3-hour drive away, in mid-day temperatures hovering around 46C. […]

by × 23 August 2016 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

Place des Martyrs - Martelaarsplaats, Brussels, Belgium. Source: Flickr

A time for European solidarity

I am Franco-Belgian. Tonight, March 22nd 2016, I am #BruxellesAttacks #IkBenBelge, when on November 13th 2015 I was #JeSuisParis and on January 7th 2015 #JeSuisCharlie. My heart and thoughts go out to the victims – 33 deaths and over 200 injured – and their families, to the Belgians, to my […]

by × 24 March 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law, Security and conflict

Dr Mahathir speaks to the press in front of the Central Market (Credit: The Star, Malaysia

Working with Mahathir – the right thing to do?

Earlier this week, a group of influential Malaysians signed a “Declaration” calling for Prime Minister Najib Razak to be removed and for institutional reforms. This is a major escalation in the effort to remove Najib, and an extraordinary development in Malaysian politics. Najib has faced months of exposés, investigations, and […]

by × 07 March 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

Men praying at the Blue Mosque (or Shrine of Hazrat Ali) in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Will moderate Muslims please stand up?

Each time a terror attack carried out by Muslim militants wrecks a Western country, Muslims from across the world take to electronic and social media to condemn the horrific act, dissociate themselves from the perpetrators and defend Islam as a religion of peace. Despite these condemnations, moderate Muslims have neither […]

by × 23 November 2015 ×

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

Air strike in Sana'a, September 2015. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Yemen is shattered and peace seems a long way off. The world can’t just watch on

“For us, the future is lost. There is no hope.” That’s what Ali Ahmad told BBC interviewers who were trying to find out what life was like under the current war in Yemen. Ali comes from Taiz, a governorate that has for months been under siege by the militias of […]

by × 22 October 2015 ×