Independent Oversight of Detention Facilities – Why Does it Matter?

By Marie Steinbrecher The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) obliges State Parties to designate a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM). NPMs are mandated to visit all places of deprivation of liberty to prevent torture and ill-treatment. To date, over 80 States have ratified OPCAT and must allow independent oversight of their detention facilities.…

The Intelligence: a new medium for geopolitical communication?

By Nick Robinson During a recently convened tutorial and workshop for 3rd-year undergraduates on the Geopolitics of Media and Communications course, both Alasdair Pinkerton and I worked with students on how to create their own podcast. Increasingly, podcasts are becoming the new norm for a variety of media outlets (both big and small) as they…

James Bond’s Cold War: the geopolitics of ambiguity

By M. D. Brown A spectre haunts James Bond — the SPECTRE of Bond’s role in the Cold War. Let me start by apologising for inventing such an awful pun, but SPECTRE’s role in the James Bond franchise strikes me as being indicative of its ambiguous relationship with the geopolitical ‘realities’ of the Cold War.…