Week 17: Several demand that Europe restrict imports of Russian gas

The sale of fossil fuels and raw materials to Europe is perhaps the single most important source of income for Putin to finance his war against Ukraine, according to several Swedish debaters. Photo: Peretz Partensky. Source: Flickr.

Of: Markus Hietanen

A Russian halt to gas exports to Poland and Bulgaria this week breathed new life into the debate over Europe's energy dependence on Russia and how the West is financing Putin's war in Ukraine.  

May 2, 2022, Current debate

Week 11: Debaters pay tribute to civil society's reception of refugees from Ukraine

Demonstration in solidarity with the Ukrainian people in London, one of many similar protests in the world against the war in Ukraine. Photo: Alisdare Hickson. Source: Flickr.

Of: Wilma Sörman Ivarzon

Last week, several debaters praised the support of Swedish civil society to help Ukrainian refugees, while the Swedish Migration Board is accused of lack of responsibility. Sweden's attitude towards NATO and the Swedish civil defense was also discussed on the debate pages.

March 24, 2022, Current debate

Hope hangs in limbo for Afghanistan

Millions of Afghans are facing starvation, displacement, and rising conflicts which is pushing the struggling nation to the deep end. Photo: Canva.

Of: Vedika Jiandani

The aftermath of the political fallout of former President Ashraf Ghani's government has been nothing short of apocalyptic for the people of Afghanistan. The implausible rise of the Taliban after two decades has brought with it immense turmoil and uncertainty for the future of the country.

December 14, 2021, English, Magazine, News article

The war in Tigray must be resolved as three different conflicts

- An increased understanding of the various actors' separate dispute issues contributes to an insight into the obstacles that exist for a quick solution, writes, David Larsson Gebre-Medhin, PhD in peace and conflict research, in a guest analysis on the conflict in Ethiopia.

Of: David Larsson Gebre-Medhin

The Tigray war in Ethiopia has taken a new turn and rebels are now threatening the capital Addis Ababa. Although Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recently strengthened his mandate through success in this year's elections to the federal parliament, he now risks losing power. And with each passing day, suffering is growing - so far the war has resulted in thousands of deaths, widespread ethnically motivated abuses against civilians, violence that has displaced more than 2.5 million people and a famine that has affected an estimated 400 and threatens another seven million people.

November 18, 2021, Guest analysis

Do not look away from Sudan!

In late October, Sudan's prime minister and other leading politicians were placed under house arrest following a military coup. The coup led to widespread protests in the country, which in turn have caused several deaths and hundreds of injured people. Photo: Kada Kole. Source: Flickr.

Of: Robin Vikstrom

What many observers feared eventually came true. Two years into the democratic transition period, the military took matters into its own hands, and now endangers the entire country - and the future of 40 million Sudanese.

November 12, 2021, Debate

Still unstable in Nagorno-Karabakh

The Armenian Cathedral Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in the city of Shushi. The city has great cultural and historical value for both Armenians and Azerbaijanis, and it was taken back by Azerbaijan during the war of 2020. The cathedral was subjected to shelling during the fighting. Photo: Robert Levonyan Source: Unsplash.

Of: Sara Lannebo

One year after the end of the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh breakaway region remains unstable. With historical trauma, harsh tone and disputed boundaries, a solution seems far out of sight. - This is not only a conflict between regimes, but also between societies, says Thomas de Waal, author and analyst at Carnegie Europe.

November 10, 2021, Interview

Water scarcity can cause conflicts in the Middle East

The issue of water resources has become absolutely crucial for countries in the Middle East and their security. Photo: VicunaR / Flickr.

Of: Julia Lundén Azzeddine

Crises and conflicts in the Middle East seem to have an almost permanent place in Swedish as well as international media reporting. What is rarely mentioned is the effect that water scarcity exacerbated by climate change has and will continue to have on the region's countries and any conflicts that may erupt as a result of the water issue in the future.

November 3, 2021, Analysis

"It is not possible to control a population through military occupation forever"

The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world and seeking protection is almost impossible. Gaza children are now experiencing the fourth war of aggression since 2008.

Of: Helena Lindholm

The ongoing military violence in Palestine and Israel shows that it is not possible to control a population through military occupation forever. This is not a conflict between two equal parties where both have equal responsibility. Continued apartheid policies and occupation mean an ongoing low-intensity violence, which will be punctured by more intensely violent episodes at regular intervals. That is the opinion of Helena Lindholm, who is a professor of peace and development research at the University of Gothenburg.

May 16, 2021, Debate

The images of Syria before the war

Adnan runs the Instagram account Syria before 2011 to keep the memories alive through photos from before the war. 
In the picture you see Aleppo in 2008. Photo: JH Wu

Of: Frida Ekberg Berry

In Syria, the war has now been going on for ten years. Millions of people have been forced to flee and the disaster is a fact. Without forgetting this cruelty to which the country's population is exposed, it is important to remember the country that existed before the war, thinks Adnan Samman, creator of the Instagram account Syria before 2011.

May 7, 2021, Report