The nuclear deal with Iran: from a historic deal for peace to (again) the brink of war

Introduction: what the 2015 JCPOA entails In July 2015 the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed upon between the EU, China, Russia, the US, France, Germany, the UK and Iran. After a decade of trying to reach a nuclear deal, it was deemed historic. The deal was meant …

The European Council conclusions on migration: what has really changed?

On 28-29 June the European Council (EC) convened in Brussels to discuss, inter alia, a common solution to the long-standing issue of migration and asylum in Europe. After hours of negotiations, the 28 European leaders reached an agreement, preserving the fragile political equilibrium within the EU. But is there really …

UNMIL – Can multidimensional and inclusivist concepts determine sustainable peace?

Looking at the closure of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the newly elected president George Weah, who pledges 25 percent of his salary to a development fund, Liberia enters a new era. The withdrawal of the UN raises the question, if the country is ready to …