Ukraine: How Russia’s Raucous Resurgence Is Becoming Increasingly Ruthless and Reckless

The recent events in Ukraine have shattered the security architecture of Europe, as the world watches Russia defy all warnings from the West concerning the sovereignty of its smaller neighbour. In this article, Matthew argues that despite the shocking nature of Putin’s attack, it has not come out of nowhere: the invasion is “the latest chapter in Russia’s increasingly ruthless and reckless raucous resurgence

The Spread of Misinformation Reveals Existing Fears and the Polarisation of Society

The extensive spread of misinformation during the pandemic caused chaos, revealing the failure of social media companies to curb the spread of false content. In this article Sharon argues that the nature of algorithms, in addition to cognitive biases that are influenced by social inequalities and xenophobic attitudes, have exacerbated the impact of misinformation. She concludes that addressing the challenge of misinformation “begins with building strong foundations for a secure society

The Precedent Set by Successful Russian Aggression

With Russia invading Ukraine and NATO on standby should Putin’s aggression escalate, the threat of nuclear warfare could become a terrifying reality. In this article, Daniel points out that mutually assured destruction has historically made wars unwinnable. But, he argues, Putin’s recent threat to use nuclear weapons against any state that becomes militarily involved in Ukraine “is a significant challenge to this status quo, with potentially terrifying consequences for global peace”

The Case for the Relevance of Multilateral Summits

With the Covid-19 pandemic forcing much of our lives online, many scholars wondered if diplomacy would also transform into a digital phenomenon. In this article, Eva questions whether multilateral summits are still fundamental to diplomacy, arguing that these in-person occaisons are essential for harmonious international relations as they “trigger the mass public’s attention and can be strategically used as a means of public diplomacy

What could trigger the never-ending adjustment of grip?

Political institutions often delegate authority to regulatory bodies to reap the benefits of their expertise. Yet, this delegation comes with challenges of its own. In this article Kirill discusses two modes of action that politicians can pursue when dealing with regulatory bureaucracies, arguing that balancing regulatory discretion with accountability could “trigger the never-ending adjustment of grips”

Should Bolsonaro’s COVID Policy Be Seen as a Form of Class Warfare?

“Bolsonaro’s deliberate attempt to achieve herd immunity disproportionately affected Brazil’s poor and vulnerable”. With Brazil’s Covid-19 death tally second only to the United States, it is worth questioning what went so wrong and why. In this article, Evan argues that the failure of President Bolsonaro’s pandemic response can be attributed to his own extreme political beliefs – at the expense of the most vulnerable in society.