Tackling Corruption in Russia: Economic gain or Presidential Paranoia?

In June of this year, Russian president Vladimir Putin claimed in a press conference that his aim was to make Russia the world’s fifth largest economy. In 11th place, this is quite an extravagant aim, especially considering his country’s deeply entrenched culture of political corruption. This may have attributed to Putin’s own decision to purge […]

Syrian Conflict: No longer a divided opposition?

The uprising that started over 18 months ago, the struggle to oust the Syrian authoritarian ruler President Bashar al-Assad, has taken nearly 50,000 lives according to some sources. Unlike the popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, Syria has descended into a bloody civil war that is claiming the lives of civilians and soldiers alike. It […]