Latin American Soft Power During the Latest Olympic Games

The Olympic Games are fertile ground for countries to cultivate soft power. This happens because, as the definition stands, soft power has to do with values, aspirations, and even dreams. This is the reason why the mystique of the legends that grow in the field of the Olympic Games is a crucial piece of world politics throughout history.

The Palm Oil Havoc in Indonesia

Indonesian forests have been destroyed at a significant rate to create plantations for the palm oil industry. Behind the environmental impacts to forests, rivers, and air, there is a serious human impact, with threats to the life of entire indigenous communities. All this with poor account to the responsible, being companies and government actors.

[ANALYSIS] The Palestinian Cause: Between the Ideal of Liberation and the Stigma of Terror

“What about Hamas though? Isn’t Israel state violence a lesser evil when compared to the unpredictable warfare of a fundamentalist non-state group seeking power in a war-torn land? These are some of the long-standing objections which, during the last escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, came back to haunt one of the most controversial debates in international relations.
As if supporting Palestine would necessarily mean supporting Hamas, the main organization that is currently fighting on its behalf. Well, this narrative seeking to discredit the cause of Palestine is misleading because it overlooks the fact that supporting the rights of the Palestinian people means acting according to international law, as if such norms had lost adherence to reality and became de facto obsolete. But truth is, in such a complex world shouting “that is not fair” is not enough. Civil society needs to know exactly how to formulate its demands. After all, both Nelson Mandela and Gandhi used to be lawyers, didn’t they?

A Prominent Middle Power No More: Canada’s Fledgling Foreign Policy

With a deepening contested and competitive global order, Canada needs to review its foreign policy. This first entry of a three-part analysis identifies four major areas Canada has mismanaged in its foreign policy.

Cuban Protests: Coercion and Revolution for Export

Since 1991 Cuba has suffered economic and political unrest due to the fall of the Soviet Union and the consequent lack of Communist aid. During the ’90s, the Cuban government and Fidel Castro himself referred to the post-Soviet era as a “special period”. In fact, Cubans remember this time as a period of hunger.

Flooding and Fibbing: The Absence of Climate Change Effort from Developed Countries

Following severe flooding across Europe, this article considers the actual efforts of developed countries, particularly in Europe, to substantially address climate change, and asks how much climate responsibility lies at the doorstep of the individual, the government and history.

25 Years After a Conflict: Helping the Youth in Bosnia

Dubioza Kolektiv, a popular Bosnian avant-garde group would say – or rather, sing – that Bosnia-Erzegovina is in Europe “just in Eurosong”. By that, meaning that the country is only welcome as a full-fledged member of Europe when this benefits the image of a multicultural, welcoming continent. But when the lights of Eurovision go off, Bosnia is likely to disappear from the public discourse. If anything, it may come up in conversations simply as the place where “there once was a war”.

In part, this is understandable. How is it possible that a European country could be majority Muslim? Why does it stubbornly refuse to behave like a “normal” democracy? And yet, no matter how divided or unstable, Bosnia is clearly a member of the wobbly, colorful European family.