‘Securing the Donald’: Our Thoughts and Reflections

During the second term of our Geopolitics and Security MSc programme here at Royal Holloway, our students embark on a week-long Mapping Securitie(s) Workshop alongside our friends from Université de Cergy-Pontoise in Paris. Students, from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, are presented with a central scenario of which they have to work together in planning to secure…

Casus Belli: A Turkish Policy for the Aegean Sea

By Christos Fountas The relations between Greece and Turkey have gone through different periods of recession and tension. From 1973 onwards, the relations between the two countries have been tense. In the early 1970s, Turkey introduced a systematic policy of contestations and claims against the sovereignty and thus the sovereign rights of Greece. This policy…

Crisis and Confusion: A Review of Human Flow by Ai Weiwei

By Ryan Woods  Documenting Crisis  Sunlight dances on the quiet Mediterranean Sea, glinting on the waters that stretch out towards the horizon, going on to touch the great expanse of sky in an endless beam of blue.  Silence, save for the waves softly lapping against the warm rocks of the Greek island of Lesbos, and…

Conferencing the Arctic: Some reflections on Arctic Frontiers 2018

By Klaus Dodds and Duncan Depledge In recent years, as a number of scholars have noted, the Arctic has inspired a portfolio of international conferences to emerge, including Arctic Circle (in Iceland), Arctic Frontiers (in Norway), and The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue (in Russia). Various descriptors have been used to account for this profusion of…

VISIT | Ocean Governance for Sustainability: Seabed Management Workshop

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of acting as a ‘trainer’ in a workshop on Seabed Management organised by Kim Peters and Phil Steinberg. As part of the European Commission’s COST Action programme on Ocean Governance for Sustainability, and in conjunction with the University of Liverpool’s Institute for Sustainable Coasts and Oceans, the workshop…