In Russia we trust: the Russian origin of the War on Terror

“Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires.” – E.M. Cioran Putin’s allegiance to the War on Terror When Al-Qaeda terrorists attacked the WTC-towers on 9/11 Vladimir Putin was the first foreign head of state to respond to the tragedy. He proclaimed Russia’s solidarity to the War on Terror. He remarked…

The Public Sphere (IV)

The public sphere should be the centre of rational debate, but it has become a spectacle for a stultified populace. How did it come to this and what is to be done? Our guiding thread will be Jürgen Habermas’s The structural transformation of the public sphere. To examine the troubles of the public we need…

Announcement: Welcome to the public sphere

After a few months of writing and publishing articles, we should ask ourselves a simple question: what are we doing? What is the point of printing a magazine and maintaining this website? Multiple studies tell us that such a public sphere is in decline. There is no audience for this endeavour. Students want to party,…

Syria and the hope for a state of nature

“Civilization has made man, if not always more bloodthirsty, at least more viciously, more horribly bloodthirsty.” – F. Dostoevsky   The Syrian conflict has reached a seemingly insurmountable gridlock. The UN estimates of last June state that around 100,000 people had died and around 2 million have fled the country and are now being forgotten…

Professor Bart Kerremans on the Syrian conflict

The whole story of Syria shows us how both superpowers Russia and the United States are once more diametrically opposed in their foreign policies. We had an interview with Bart Kerremans, professor in International Relations and American Politics, and  therefore the perfect person to clarify  the game of the superpowers concerning Syria. When the Arab…

The Hague and the International Courts

As most of the readers will already know, KIB is going to The Hague on the 22nd of November. Since this Dutch city is sometimes called ‘the legal capital of the world’, we will visit some of the legal institutions there. The two most famous ones (also the two on our schedule) are the International…