Tribute to Navalny in the European “Far” West

Raquel I. (Lisbon, Portugal) – On February 16th, 2024, the world awoke to the tragic – yet unsurprising – news of the death of Aleksey Navalny, known worldwide as the main opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Although the official causes of his death are still unknown, a great majority of people, including world leaders, … Read more

Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Turkey’s Influence, Iran’s Concerns, and Western Inaction

Simaioforidou Maria, October 2023 Azerbaijan initiated a significant military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 19th, with the goal of defeating the Republic of Artsakh, which has an Armenian-majority population and is self-governed from Stepanakert. Their objective was to establish complete control over the entire Nagorno-Karabakh region. Following months of blockading the Lachin Corridor, which serves … Read more

A booming India; Towards the Emergence of an Economic Superpower

India might ultimately become world’s economic powerhouse in 2023 as it overtakes China economically. With a rapidly growing economy, a large workforce, and a shift to the West, India has all the necessary ingredients to become a major player on the world stage. This optimistic argument begins with demographics. With a population that is significantly … Read more

Chat GPT and Diplomacy: Navigating the Challenges of an AI-Powered Information Gatekeeper

Simaioforidou Maria, Creator and editor-in-Chief of IR101 ChatGPT stands out among existing artificial intelligence (AI) systems due to its user-friendly interface, enabling widespread engagement with AI technology. When it comes to diplomacy, AI systems can swiftly search and summarize information, enabling diplomats to be better prepared for negotiations. As different parties develop their own AI … Read more

Vaccine diplomacy and selfish altruism: assessing the impacts of medical diplomacy on soft power prospects

Introduction Among the most startling trends noted by international relations scholars is the increased impartiality of the global south on many of the direst geopolitical issues facing the world today. The reasons for the increase in states adopting a neutral position are complex and should not be reduced to simplistic explanations. However, one interesting variable … Read more

The Ethical Dimension of Military AI

Introduction    Last month, a first of its kind conference in the Netherlands sought to bring together a collection of states with the goal of promoting increased responsibility regarding the implementation and use of artificial intelligence within the global defence sector. The conclusion of the summit witnessed many major military powers, including the US and China, … Read more