Terminator 7: The End of Enlightenment

By Marcel Armour Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. Henry Kissinger was on the verge of skipping that session – it lay outside his usual concerns (history and occasional practical statesmanship) – but the beginning of the presentation held him in his seat.…

Smart Cities: RHUL hosts Inter-CDT Workshop

By Marcel Armour  At the beginning of May, Royal Holloway hosted Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) students from both Oxford and RHUL for our fourth annual workshop which this year was themed around the ‘smart city’. The talks were all hugely enjoyable, and a great opportunity to hear leading academics and industry representatives give their…

Memes as a Source of Soft Power

By Iqra Chaudhri  Many of us have social media accounts which we primarily use to connect with others. Chances are, you have come across memes, particularly through the rise of meme pages that have the sole purpose of distributing memes for the enjoyment of the Internet community. The virtual space of the Internet where memes…

‘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…