(Disclaimer: this episode was recorded in March 2023, a year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine) In this episode, the Governance Post speaks to Justus von Samson (MDS 2024), who was on the ground in… [Read more]
Peace & Conflict
This section is a platform for interdisciplinary discourse on global peace and conflict, united in the endeavour to discuss possible solutions to pressing security problems.
A Journey to Unite India – the Bharat Jodo Yatra
This recording is part of a new endeavour at the Governance Post, the Shaping Tomorrow podcast. The motto of the Hertie School is ‘Understanding Today, Shaping Tomorrow’. With this podcast, we aim to talk to… [Read more]
Is a photograph worth a thousand words?
Prague, 6 October 2022. Forty-four heads of state and government stand next to one another for a family photo in Prague’s castle. The image is a sign that Russia’s aggression to Ukraine has united Europe… [Read more]
Sovereignty in Afghanistan: Or rather the Lack of it.
| Editorial | The foundations of this article and its arguments were first laid in a place where people go to appear to be intellectual: Twitter. Like my fellow humans, I too dared to tweet my… [Read more]
Ukraine, a War of Fossil Fuels
More than two months after the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, the cost of this war continues to rise. As of the end of March, more than 1,600 civilians have perished and millions have… [Read more]
The Quiet Instability of Central Asian Water Politics
Water is a critical resource, immediately vital for life, and diverse in its applications. But Central Asia has struggled to manage it cooperatively ever since the Soviet Union collapsed. The status quo is that of… [Read more]
Ukraine war freezes the Arctic Council: Arctic exceptionalism melts
Since its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, all countries in the Arctic region are opposing Russia. But even if isolated, Russia remains an important Arctic power and regional developments cannot be overlooked. In… [Read more]
Time for change as the Arctic Council turns 25
Just over twenty-five years ago, Russia, Norway, Finland, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, and the United States of America created a unique geopolitical project – the Arctic Council. The 1996 Ottawa Declaration established the Arctic Council… [Read more]
Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: Breaking Fresh Ground in International Disarmament Law
The first-ever treaty banning nuclear weapons came into force on 22 January 2021 after decades of human struggle against one of the deadliest weapons. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is the… [Read more]
Vision Indo-Pacific: The Japanese pursuit
The Indo-Pacific region has received growing attention from the international community ever since Former American President Trump presented the United States’ ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ (FOIP) strategy at the 2017 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Hanoi. This is not fundamentally surprising. … [Read more]