Collaborating Across Borders and Gender Norms
By Aviv Melamud, Research Associate at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), a Heinrich Böll Foundation Fellow, and a PhD student at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany
In 2012, I was invited to join the Next Generation Network. The chance to converse with peers from the region, of my age-group, working on the same issues as me, was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. As an Israeli, this was the first opportunity I had to undertake direct, continuous, mutually-respectful, and action-oriented contacts with my regional neighbors. The Next Generation Network offers me all this, and much more.
The interaction within the Network is unique, and exposes me to new perspectives from my regional neighbors, a glimpse at fresh voices and innovative thinking, and the opportunity to actively contribute to my region. The collaborative work we do in the Network is motivated by a sincere belief that change is needed and can be achieved.
Ships, submarines, aircraft and ground troops from the US, UK and other European countries will soon be battling each other at sea, in the air and on land. Joint Warrior is a UK tri-service, multinational exercise that will involve over 35 warships, 25 different types of aircraft and nearly 13,000 military personnel. The Royal Navy has over 12 ships taking part and nearly 1,300 Royal Marines commandos. The picture shows a tracked utility vehicle driving off a Mexeflote landing raft.
[Photo by Leading Airman Dean Nixon, Crown copyright]
Science: Why it matters to everyone
By Maeve Atkins, Communications Officer at the British Embassy in Washington.
You could say that science runs in my family. Later this year, after several years of studying the effects of influenza, my older brother will earn his Doctorate in virology. My younger sister studies food science and will soon be a registered dietitian. However, the subject was never my calling.
But as a member of the communications team at the British Embassy in Washington, my role is to promote UK government policies on a diverse range of topics, including science and innovation. Explaining UK excellence and why the public should care about government investments in this field can be a challenging task.
Last week, David Willetts, the UK Minister for Science and Universities, announced a new £300 million investment in global, cutting-edge science projects that will drive innovation. The UK is already a leader in global science and technology and the US is a major partner – so this is great news. The sheer scale of the investment will create £150 million each year, largely in terms of jobs and new technologies, from here on out.
I condemn the fact that this referendum has taken place, in breach of the Ukrainian constitution and in defiance of calls by the international community for restraint.
Nothing in the way that the referendum has been conducted should convince anyone that it is a legitimate exercise.
The referendum has taken place at ten days’ notice, without a proper campaign or public debate, with the political leaders of the country being unable to visit Crimea, and in the presence of many thousands of troops from a foreign country. It is a mockery of proper democratic practice.
The UK does not recognise the referendum or its outcome, in common with the majority of the international community. At the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers tomorrow we believe measures must be adopted that send a strong signal to Russia that this challenge to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine will bring economic and political consequences.
Furthermore, any attempt by the Russian Federation to use the referendum as an excuse to annex the Crimea, or to take further action on Ukrainian territory, would be unacceptable.
I call on Russia to enter into dialogue with Ukraine and with the international community to resolve this crisis through diplomacy and in accordance with international law, not to exacerbate it further through unilateral and provocative actions.
From music to zombies, film and cat memes, to innovative tech startups — the UK is well represented at SXSW in Austin Texas!
America can count on the UK
Britain is, and is determined to remain, ready, willing and able to work with our American partners on the global security challenges of today and tomorrow.