News and Commentary

The Apparent Success of Iran Sanctions

UN Photo/Mark Garten

28 Aug 2014  |  by Hague Institute Staff


Taking as a starting point the election of Hasan Rouhani to the presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran in June 2013 and the current negotiations over a comprehensive nuclear deal, Hague Institute Researcher Agnese Macaluso’s working paper aims to contribute to the sanctions debate with a nuanced perspective on the impact and the effectiveness of sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic of Iran since 1979.


"Don’t be Vague; Let’s Go to Hague”: Kenya’s tumultuous relationship with the ICC

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

27 Aug 2014  |  by Caroline Wambui


“Don’t be vague, let’s go to Hague,” was the catch-phrase coined by Kenyan parliamentarians as they voted against a Bill proposing the establishment of a local tribunal to try those responsible for the 2007/2008 post-election violence that led to over 1000 deaths and the displacement of more than 600,000 Kenyans.


Starvation as a Weapon of War in Syria – Prosecution and an R2P Intervention

22 Aug 2014  |  by Jill Coster van Voorhout


This commentary was originally posted by openDemocracy in conjunction with openSecurity.


After more than three years of civil war in Syria, allegations abound of starvation being used as a weapon of war.


In October 2013 the media were the first to report on a so-called “Starvation until Submission Campaign”. In April 2014 Foreign Policy confirmed this claim in its exclusive entitled “New UN documents expose Assad’s starvation campaign in Syria”. Despite modest improvements in the delivery of food to areas controlled by non-state actors, internal United Nations (UN) reports found a “mass exodus” to government-controlled regions “… in part because” Syrians believe President Al-Assad to be “… the only reliable source of life-sustaining food”.


Democratic scrutiny of EU foreign policy: From Juncker’s election to the “Pirate Transfer Agreement” judgment

19 Aug 2014   | by Joris Larik

Opinions may differ on what is the “most dangerous branch” in the European Union. However, at the moment the most ambitious institution regarding the expansion of its own powers is doubtlessly the European Parliament (EP). Following the first-time ever election of the European Commission President last month, a recent judgment of the European Court of Justice, also shows that even the Union’s “sovereignty-sensitive” Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) is not immune to the Parliament’s advances. 


Europe Should Dare to Think Big Again

Credit: Viktor Kovalenko
14 Aug 2014  | Nikola Dimitrov


“Europe, for many Ukrainians, is not so much a geographical concept as an idea representing honesty, decency, and stability. This is why protesters fought so hard to remove Yanukovich …” underlined recently Oliver Bullough. Maidan was a collective cry for what Europe stands for, for the European narrative. 



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