The Chagos Islands’ dispute

The Chagos Island disputed started in 1965, when prior to Mauritian independence, the UK split the archipelago from the territory of Mauritius to form the British Indian Ocean Territory. The Republic of Mauritius has since then claimed that the UK’s dominance over the archipelago is a violation of UN resolutions, however until recently the UK …

Iceland’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council

The Arctic Council is a high level political forum established in 1996 to enhance cooperation and environmental protection in the arctic region. Every two years its chairmanship is assigned to one of the eight members. At the 11th Ministerial meeting Iceland's Chairmanship presented their biennial strategy with the theme "Together towards a sustainable Arctic". The …

Human-nature conflicts: finding peace and space

Hippo’s raiding the crops along the Nile, leopards stalking through Indian villages and cities, boars colliding with cars, the everlasting battle with giant hogweed, and livestock and game alike being ravished by wolves. Human-nature conflicts have always been present throughout our history on every continent where humans were already present or set foot. When the …

The Unintended Effects of International Cooperation: An Eye Opener

On 16 and 17 January, a small delegation of our SDD community travelled to the Hague to attend the academic policy cross- over conference on the Unintended Effects of International Cooperation, organized by the Radboud University and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The conference attracted a large variety of interested: researchers, evaluators, policymakers, and …