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.…

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.…

Simulating Patriarchy: Problematizing The Girl Guides

By Jodie Knapp  This post gives a feminist attention to the institution of the Girl Guides and further explores the wider impact that this has on shaping a woman’s outlook on acceptable female behaviour in society. Geographers are interested in how ‘simulations’ train our bodies for future roles (Cartes and Torres 2013). Children are a…

Headline reaction: ‘UK war-games cyber attack on Moscow’

By Andreas Haggman It is not every day your thesis topic makes front-pages headlines, so when the Sunday Times leader on 7 October 2018 read ‘UK war-games cyber attack on Moscow’, I naturally took notice. In short, the article states that the UK has ‘war-gamed’ (more on vocabulary later) using cyber capabilities to turn out the lights…

Greenland and Estonia mark new collaborative partnership “Pitu”: a possible pathway to digitising independence?

At a recent conference held in Nuuk, Greenland, a new agreement/partnership was announced between the Greenlandic government and Estonian company Cybernetica that may signal a crucial progression in the digitisation (and thus, maybe, independence) of Greenland in the coming years ahead.  The agreement will see Cybernetica – a leader in e-government solutions – develop and…