Drug laws around the world are slowly shifting. The way some substances are viewed, especially by American society, is changing. This is important on the international level because the United States in many ways architected (to use an Americanism coined by the first daughter) the global prohibitionist system we have today, and have been the…

The Sword of Damocles of Russian non-participation was hanging over the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Russia is currently not participating in PACE sessions. Recently, it threatened to go even further, announcing to cut its funding for the Council of Europe in order to keep up the pressure…

While the popular perception about African nations may be that they are home to various warring ethnicities and communities that are deeply steeped in age-old customs, traditions and beliefs, things have been taking a turn for the liberal for quite some time now. Many of these African nations, once embroiled in the internal turmoil and…

The court of Casablanca recently sentenced the leaders of the mass movement known as Rif Hakris to 20 years in prison. They were involved in protests which engulfed the Rif region of Morocco, and were found guilty of participating in a non-authorized protest. The charges were diverse, some of which included compromising state security, conspiracy…

African Free Market Think Tanks, let me pose you a question: other than fattening your participants and talented speakers, and giving them an opportunity to take epic photos next to the guy/ lady adorning the latest fashion design in high quality fabric, how else do you create impact? How do you measure impact? Do you…

A lack of other options will guarantee the survival of the transatlantic relationship The European-American relationship has seen better days. Over the last weeks, the war of words between Europe and the US has escalated. This raises the question where the transatlantic relationship is heading. Are we heading towards the end of close transatlantic interactions…

Since the 1960s, a drastic decrease in military coups has been noted worldwide, yet challenges to democracy persist. Democracy is still threatened and attempts to end or weaken it are numerous, but they are less visible than the tanks of coup plotters or the armed party members of the 1930s: Modern threats to democracies are…

“Even at long odds, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.” –Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez It is often said that if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. Whether you dream of the bright Broadway lights, the booming boardrooms, or a busy, boozy work/life balance, finding success in your field in New York…

Wednesday the 27th of June 2018 was a historical day for the (political) climate in The Netherlands. On this day, seven political parties presented their proposal for a “Climate Law.” If it is passed, it will make the Netherlands the eighth country with a law regulating carbon emissions (after the UK, Mexico, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway,…