Information overload, attention deficit and the risks of isolationism

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Filed under: Development Peace and security




At a time of escalating conflict globally, the demise of the venerable ‘foreign correspondent’ is ironic. Many will argue that it was about time that the privileged and monopolistic world of the (mainly white male) foreign correspondent was blown open by a more inclusive, egalitarian media landscape. The truth is that this broader shift in… Read more »

Upgrading Watson

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Filed under: Development Peace and security




When it comes to real-life crime, if police and forensic agencies are the Sherlocks, their equipment is definitely the “Watson”. It is the combination of the expert’s eye and the latest in crime-fighting tech that leads to the crucial “Aha!” moment.

Weapons know no boundaries!

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Filed under: Peace and security




A brief analysis of Montenegrin history reveals a story beset by struggle and armed conflict. The culture of ‘bearing arms’ has long stood beside the traditional definition of manhood, dignity: physical  proof of the ability to defend your loved ones.

Different but the same: A festival of peace

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Filed under: Social inclusion Peace and security




13 nationalities live in Osh side by side. The sheer fact of living around this multiculturalism is inspiring. Yet the communities themselves are so disconnected from one another that it’s easy to forget such diversity exists in the first place. Take, for example, my seven-year-old sister, who is awestruck as I hand her dolls dressed… Read more »

Constructive destructions or: Why I’m musing over a manhole cover

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Filed under: Development Peace and security




Sparks fly. A distinct smell fills the air. Twisted metal, slowly morphs into liquid. Under the watchful eyes of police officers, metal workers, and other observers, sawed up rifles and tagged guns are moved into the furnace, ceasing to exist as we know them – threatening, powerful, lethal. I’m at a gun destruction event somewhere… Read more »