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The Impact of Scottish Independence on Future Natural Resource Conflicts

18 Sep 2014  | by Natalie Palmer


Today, 18 September, the people of Scotland will cast their votes to decide whether or not Scotland should leave the United Kingdom to become an independent state. On the surface, it may seem obscure to link countries in Africa, the Middle East or South America to the process of Scottish independence. The fundamental reason for doing so, however, is natural resources. 


Introducing a New Word to the Existing Arsenal: The Crash of MH17

Photo Credit:  Dutch Saftey Board
10 Sep 2014  |  by Jill Coster van Voorhout


On September 9, 2014, the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) released their report describing what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine. In their findings, the investigators introduced a new term to the preliminary report: crash


EU Frameworks for Differentiated Integration: Lessons for the Eastern Partnership

09 Sep 2014  |  by Dr. Aaron Matta


Dr. Aaron Matta, Senior Researcher at the Rule of Law Program, presented a paper at the UACES 2014 Conference in Cork (1-3 September). The paper analyses the lessons that can be drawn from the experience gained with existing EU-centric integration frameworks, such as EU enlargement or the European Economic Area, for the EU’s Eastern Partnership Policy.  


International Conference Explores Role of Private Sector in Development and Peace

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04 Sep 2014  |  by Hague Institute Staff


On 2 September 2014, The Hague Institute for Global Justice hosted The Hague Conference on Business and Human Security, in collaboration with SPARK, an Amsterdam-based non-governmental organization (NGO) that fosters entrepreneurship and higher education opportunities in post-conflict societies. The conference brought together the private sector, think tanks, NGOs involved in entrepreneurship promotion, and representatives of governments and international organizations to explore the intersection between markets, the human rights responsibilities of states and businesses, and the potential of private sector involvement in building sustainable peace. | View the conference program


Leaning Forward: Japan, China and South Korea

03 Sep 2014  |  by Hague Institute Staff


On 2 September 2014, Mikyoung Kim, Associate Professor of Sociology at Hiroshima City University, presented work on memory studies in Japan and Korea. The main aim was to address the often posed question of why the Chinese and South Koreans cannot let go of the past.


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