Cate Mackenzie

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Bitcoin, Ripples and Reality

Back in July 2011 we blogged about Bitcoin, the world’s first digitalized, crypto-currency. At the time, many thought Bitcoin a flash in the pan, attracting attention simply because it was … Continue reading

February 7, 2012

CEDAW – Treaties as Art

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women – shortened to CEDAW – celebrates its 31st birthday in September 2012 (counting from when it entered into … Continue reading

January 31, 2012

The Impact of Human Rights on the International System

Building on this week’s exploration of what constitutes human rights, Christine Bell, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Edinburgh, discusses their intersection with international institutions and conflict resolution.

January 18, 2012

Creating New Identities Beyond Nationalism

If we were to go back and review the subjects and themes we’ve covered here over the last month, we might conclude that our responses to a changing international system … Continue reading

December 23, 2011

Evolving Ideas of Nationalism

The social science literature on nationalism often emphasizes the lack of a comprehensive definition for the term, or that there is a multiplicity of nationalisms.

December 19, 2011

A Game of Hide and Seek?

The field of foreign policy has been described as a ‘city of men’- but as can be imagined, it is not the only discipline where a gender imbalance has been … Continue reading

December 14, 2011

Nationalism and Multiculturalism in Russia

Dr Aglaya Snetkov, senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies, discusses the Russian approach to the challenges posed by multiculturalism and nationalism.

December 11, 2011

Business, Conflict – and Peace?

On November 14, 2011 a workshop on the role of business in conflict zones took place at the Europainstitut in Basel.

December 1, 2011

Political Economy and Development

Next Tuesday, October 25th, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is hosting a free evening event examining the interplay of politics and development aid from a political economy perspective.

October 20, 2011

Wedding Leftovers

After the celebrations are over and memories have been created, little reminders remain.

October 12, 2011 · Leave a comment

Beauty and Dehydration

While it is by no means on the same scale as the crisis affecting the Horn of Africa, drought is also leading to disaster on the tiny South Pacific atolls … Continue reading

October 7, 2011

Woman versus Taliban

This past fortnight seems to have been full of surprises – Australia, for example, introduced a third gender category for passports, beyond the tradition male/female dichotomy.

September 17, 2011

Passport-Shaped Boxes

Humans like to categorize and classify things – it helps make life easier. Well, at least some people’s lives.

September 16, 2011

Think Tanks – Useful or Useless?

Next Tuesday, September 20th, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is hosting a one-day conference under the provocative title, “Can Think Tanks Make a Difference?”

September 13, 2011

Double Standards, Libya and…Melons

Just in time for the weekend, here’s a round-up of some articles and podcasts to keep you informed. Do you have any suggestions? Please post them in the comments!

August 26, 2011

Water, Conflict and Female Vulnerability

On Monday, August 29th, the Environmental Change and Security Progam (ECSP), part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, will host a free afternoon event exploring … Continue reading

August 18, 2011

Violence Against Women

Last week I was one of around 300 people who attended the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s event on “Violence against women – An obstacle to development.”

August 15, 2011

Development Possibilities in the DPRK

Next Tuesday, July 19th, ISN partner organization the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) will be hosting a one-day conference in Washington, DC exploring various transformations inside North Korea that … Continue reading

July 12, 2011

Papua New Guinea: No Thunder, No Rain

Papua New Guinea (PNG) can be a little confusing. Although it shares half of the island of New Guinea with Papua – an Indonesian province – Papua New Guinea is … Continue reading

February 23, 2011

South America’s Anomaly

Suriname is not a country which often features in international news. Located on South America’s northern coast between Guyana and French Guiana, many people often forget this former Dutch colony … Continue reading

January 20, 2011

Facing up to Fiji

As seems to be the case with most countries that have experienced coups, once the initial furor over the regime change has died down and change is not readily forthcoming, … Continue reading

November 19, 2010

One Man’s ‘Burden’ is Another’s Refugee

Every year, 20 June marks World Refugee Day. The UNHCR notes that for the 42 million uprooted people around the world, “a shortage or lack of the essentials of life … Continue reading

June 19, 2009

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