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Point of view: The Internet as a New International Public Sphere: How can the Internet soften international conflicts and help human rights?

Point of view: The Internet as a New International Public Sphere: How can the Internet soften international conflicts and help human rights?

In this post we hear from Armenian BIN ‘18 member, Davit Musaelyan, on the power of the Internet as a tool for development. The Internet as a new variable It is evident that the creation and popularisation of the Internet has changed a lot in politics. It has created an unprecedented environment in which information… Continue reading Point of view: The Internet as a New International Public Sphere: How can the Internet soften international conflicts and help human rights? ...
Point of view: Experiments with Democratic Governance

Point of view: Experiments with Democratic Governance

In this post we hear from Georgian book publisher and BIN member, Giorgi Arziani, on the difficulties faced by Democracy in the 21st century, and an idea as to how we can possibly help it. “Democracy is in Crisis” is a very common title for numerous articles. However, Trump, Brexit, Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, Iran… Continue reading Point of view: Experiments with Democratic Governance ...
Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid

Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid

Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid is a program officer with the German Council on Foreign Relations’ (DGAP) Middle East and North Africa Program. In this capacity, she works as a policy analyst on Turkish foreign (currently predominantly EU/Germany-Turkey relations) and domestic policies, and supports the program’s projects in/on North Africa, particularly in Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt. “When… Continue reading Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid ...
Ghada Alhamoud

Ghada Alhamoud

Ghada Alhamoud is a Saudi SOAS graduate with a Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy. “I am currently working as a Strategic Partnerships Manager for a government entity. It’s been really exciting to make my way back home less than a year ago, after living abroad for quite some time. I get to feel and… Continue reading Ghada Alhamoud ...
A book recommendation from Giorgy Arziani

A book recommendation from Giorgy Arziani

“Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them” by Joshua Greene. It’s a wonderful piece of academic, but popular writing, which explains the very origins of human morale. The book is full of numerous social and psychological experiments, which show us the way our moral judgments work. The author also provides readers… Continue reading A book recommendation from Giorgy Arziani ...
Have your say: time for BIN members to be expressive and creative

Have your say: time for BIN members to be expressive and creative

Have your say – an opportunity to express your views, opinions, feelings or emotions on a subject that you care about. As part of their one-year participation in the Borjomi Innovators Network, BIN Members are invited to produce a piece of work that will be an expression of their views, opinions, feelings or emotions on… Continue reading Have your say: time for BIN members to be expressive and creative ...
Point of view: Regional co-operation is necessary

Point of view: Regional co-operation is necessary

One of the themes of the BIN network for 2018 is regional co-operation. On 12 February, BIN co-chairperson, Dennis Sammut, kicked off the debate with an op-ed on commonspace.eu. The last two years have not been particularly good for regional co-operation and integration models in different parts of the world. In Europe, Brexit has rattled… Continue reading Point of view: Regional co-operation is necessary ...
BIN 2018 symposium expected to take place in Italy in November

BIN 2018 symposium expected to take place in Italy in November

We are pleased to announce that the annual symposium of the Borjomi Innovators network will this year take place in Italy in November. We are in the process of finalising the arrangements with local partners and more details will be communicated to you shortly. ...
Intermediaries and the Ottomans: Why Albert Hourani’s ideas remain relevant

Intermediaries and the Ottomans: Why Albert Hourani’s ideas remain relevant

Albert Hourani (1915-1993) is a much-celebrated historian born to Lebanese parents in Manchester. His writings on the middle east are priceless. One of these is “Ottoman Reform and Politics of Notables” first published in 1968. In this short review Armenak Tokmajyan says that the debate it started is still relevant and ongoing. ...
Point of View:  The Undervalued Virtue of Kindness – William Murray-Uren

Point of View: The Undervalued Virtue of Kindness – William Murray-Uren

A number of weeks ago, I was at the wedding of my former boss and was sat next to one of his old school friends. After the speeches had been delivered, the wine was flowing, and the spirits were high, my table companion turned to me and asked what I thought was the best thing… Continue reading Point of View: The Undervalued Virtue of Kindness – William Murray-Uren ...

The January 2018 issue of the BIN’18 newsletter is out

The second issue of BIN’18, the monthly newsletter of the Borjomi Innovators Network has just been published. The co- editor for this issue is William Murray-Uren who shares with us his views on “kindness”, an important and but very often much neglected neglected human attribute. In this issue we also introduce you to six members… Continue reading The January 2018 issue of the BIN’18 newsletter is out ...
George Mchedlishvili

George Mchedlishvili

George Mchedlishvili is a respected Georgian Academic, an International Relations Specialist, and a Veteran Member of the Borjomi Innovators Network. “Given my age, telling my bio even concisely will break any word count. So I’ll only write on what concerns me and how I’m going to tackle these disquiets. Needless to say, I am a… Continue reading George Mchedlishvili ...
Book Review: ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara

Book Review: ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara

For the duration of time that I was reading this book, I referred to it as “800 pages of pain”. And it is exactly that, but with bouts of mania and happiness and friendship intensely woven into its narrative. It is written with such a beautiful rawness that 800 pages (albeit painful) passed very quickly… Continue reading Book Review: ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara ...
Play Review: ‘The Gronholm Method’ by Jordi Galceran

Play Review: ‘The Gronholm Method’ by Jordi Galceran

Theatre is my passion – I attend plays as often as I can. One of my favourite plays, which I often have on my mind, is ‘The Gronholm Method’ by playwright Jordi Galceran. The play tells about an interview in a big company, which turns to be an experiment on a human mind, its abilities,… Continue reading Play Review: ‘The Gronholm Method’ by Jordi Galceran ...
Article Review: ‘Back to the Future: Instability in Europe After the Cold War’ by John Mearsheimer

Article Review: ‘Back to the Future: Instability in Europe After the Cold War’ by John Mearsheimer

John J. Mearsheimer, “Back to the Future: Instability in Europe After the Cold War,” International Security, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Summer 1990) ‘Back to the Future’ is an article in three main parts. The first is a review of what Mearsheimer calls “the long peace” in Europe following the conclusion of World War Two. In… Continue reading Article Review: ‘Back to the Future: Instability in Europe After the Cold War’ by John Mearsheimer ...
Alexandre Mishvelidze

Alexandre Mishvelidze

Alexandre Mishvelidze has been in public service since 2007, working in foreign affairs with a focus on counterterrorism, arms control and political/military issues. “My Previous work experience includes working on European Integration affairs in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia. I received my Master’s degree in International Relations from the Tbilisi… Continue reading Alexandre Mishvelidze ...
Nini Kvirikashvili

Nini Kvirikashvili

Nini Kvirikashvili is a projects manager at the Europe-Georgia Institute. “I tend to define myself as a civil activist. Three years ago, I quit my job and decided to do something that would bring changes to the society where I live. “Now I work in an organization that works with and for the youth, as… Continue reading Nini Kvirikashvili ...
Mohammed Al Sayed

Mohammed Al Sayed

Mohammed Al Sayed is a 33 year old Bahraini writer and a graduate of International studies, who has been working in the field of media and mass communications for over a decade. “I’ve always been passionate about writing as I believe it is the best way in which people can express themselves and spread their… Continue reading Mohammed Al Sayed ...
Armenak Tokmajya

Armenak Tokmajya

Armenak Tokmajya is a nomadic researcher, currently working for the International Crisis Group’s Middle East program as a Syria analyst. In his spare time, he is an avid painter and gardener. “When people ask me “where are you from” it is kind of difficult to give a decisive answer. Does this question make sense in… Continue reading Armenak Tokmajya ...
Giorgi Arziani

Giorgi Arziani

Giorgi Arziani is a Georgian law graduate of Moscow University, who has also studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and Boston College. “I am 24 years old and am the founder an independent publishing house called ‘Remedas’ in Georgia. As a publisher, I want to specialize in political economy, philosophical anthropology, cultural theory and children’s books. “I… Continue reading Giorgi Arziani ...
Asmaa Bessis

Asmaa Bessis

Asmaa Bessis is a French Algerian SOAS graduate with an M.A in International Studies and Diplomacy. “I have lived my whole life in Europe, mainly between Paris and London – where I did my Bachelor’s at City University in International Politics – but I have always felt the need to live in a different environment.… Continue reading Asmaa Bessis ...
‘Make a public consultation process mandatory for any project that seriously impacts the environment’

‘Make a public consultation process mandatory for any project that seriously impacts the environment’

This entry to the section “I have an idea” was contributed by BIN member Alexandre Mishvelidze There is a need to increase opportunities for citizens’ participation in public life, and this should serve as an indicator of the committment to democratisation of any government. Informed and meaningful public participation is an effective instrument for integrating… Continue reading ‘Make a public consultation process mandatory for any project that seriously impacts the environment’ ...

Issue 1 of BIN’18, was published on 18 December

The first issue of BIN ’18, the monthly newsletter of the 2018 cohort of the Borjomi Innovators Network was published on 18 December 2017, and it carried the names of the 35 members of BIN for 2018. The first issue was co-edited by Irene Katopodis and included a review by Armenak Tokmajyan (BIN member 2018)… Continue reading Issue 1 of BIN’18, was published on 18 December ...
Dame Audrey Glover and Dennis Sammut meet BIN members based in the UK at a welcome dinner at the Oxford and Cambrdige Club in London

Dame Audrey Glover and Dennis Sammut meet BIN members based in the UK at a welcome dinner at the Oxford and Cambrdige Club in London

BIN members based in the UK gathered at the Oxford and Cambridge Club on Pall Mall in London on 6 December for a Christmas Dinner. Those attending included BIN co-chairpersons, Dame Audrey Glover and Dr Dennis Sammut, veteran members Adel Hamaizia, James Shires and Emre Calikan, and 2018 members Tamara, William, Mirbahram, Tin Hinane and… Continue reading Dame Audrey Glover and Dennis Sammut meet BIN members based in the UK at a welcome dinner at the Oxford and Cambrdige Club in London ...
Lord Purvis of Tweed makes keynote speech at Borjomi workshop (8 July 2017) 

Lord Purvis of Tweed makes keynote speech at Borjomi workshop (8 July 2017) 

Keynote address by Lord Purvis of Tweed, a member of the upper house of the UK Parliament, the House of Lords, and of its International Affairs Committee at the workshop on Global Challenges organised by LINKS (DAR) in Borjomi, Georgia. Lord Purvis said that he did not come from a political family – his ideas… Continue reading Lord Purvis of Tweed makes keynote speech at Borjomi workshop (8 July 2017)  ...

There needs to be more practical co-operation between international organisations: Let’s start with the EU, OSCE and OIC.

Idea submitted by BIN member who wanted to remain anonymous There are plenty of international organisations trying to manage world affairs. Not all are fit for purpose, and some are in dire need of an overhaul. Often there is much disagreement on how such reform can take place. But one thing is certain, there needs… Continue reading There needs to be more practical co-operation between international organisations: Let’s start with the EU, OSCE and OIC. ...
Time to think outside the box

Time to think outside the box

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines an innovator as  “a person who has new ideas about how to do something”. After five months of preparation the Borjomi Innovators Network (BIN) has now been formally launched to do just that: foster new ideas by working with dynamic young people across communities, countries and civilisations. Our 2018 cohort of… Continue reading Time to think outside the box ...
Mirbahram Azimbayli

Mirbahram Azimbayli

Mirbahram Azimbayli is from Azerbaijan, and currently studying in Oxford. “I am originally from Karabakh and was raised in Baku, as a child of early years of our Republic, I could not escape from the ghost of the USSR easily. I received my bachelor degree from the Middle East Technical University built by Americans in… Continue reading Mirbahram Azimbayli ...
William Murray-Uren

William Murray-Uren

William Murray-Uren is a 25-year-old Scot hailing from Edinburgh and studying at Leiden University. “I am currently typing this in a little bedroom in the Netherlands as I recently embarked on an MSc in Political Science at the University of Leiden. In 2014, I completed my bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of… Continue reading William Murray-Uren ...
Tamara Karelidze

Tamara Karelidze

Tamara Karelidze is a journalist from Georgia, and has previously worked as a media analyst, journalist, project coordinator and lecturer. “I am currently based in London doing my MSc in ‘Global Europe: Culture and conflict’ at London School of Economics. Last September I decided to quit my seven-year career, take a little break, and continue… Continue reading Tamara Karelidze ...
Irene Katopodis

Irene Katopodis

Irene Katopodis is a 24-year old Greek-American-Swiss polyglot who doesn’t really have a home, and likes to explore new things and meet new people. “This September, I finished my Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy, from SOAS, University of London, and I am now busy immersing myself in various projects in the MENA region. “I… Continue reading Irene Katopodis ...
Davit Musaelyan

Davit Musaelyan

Davit Musaelyan is a graduate student of political science at American University of Armenia. “I am greatly interested in Political History, Sociology, Philosophy, Mythology, and History of Science. I am an openly liberal person. People’s rights, freedoms and well-being are far more important than traditions and orthodoxy. I always believed that people are the foundation… Continue reading Davit Musaelyan ...
Tin Hinane El Kadi

Tin Hinane El Kadi

Tin Hinane El Kadi is a social activist in Algeria and currently a political economy researcher at the London School of Economics. “I grew up during the Algerian civil war in the 1990s. I was fascinated by social issues from an early age. I was a social activist in Algeria for five years, and I… Continue reading Tin Hinane El Kadi ...

Armenak Tokmajyan (BIN member 2018) reviews Ernest Gellner’s book “Nations and Nationalism: New Perspectives on the Past” (1983)

Ernest Gellner’s work on nationalism is less known than Benedict Anderson’s “Imagined Community” but, as Benedict himself admits, it is an important one in the field of nationalism studies. This summary is not perfect so you should get the book and read it. He has a talent of explaining complex ideas with simple words. It… Continue reading Armenak Tokmajyan (BIN member 2018) reviews Ernest Gellner’s book “Nations and Nationalism: New Perspectives on the Past” (1983) ...
In Borjomi, participants – mainly young scholars and professionals, from seventeen countries from Europe, Eurasia and the MENA regions – discuss global challenges and innovative solutions

In Borjomi, participants – mainly young scholars and professionals, from seventeen countries from Europe, Eurasia and the MENA regions – discuss global challenges and innovative solutions

On 7-9 July 2017, in the renowned Georgian resort town of Borjomi, in the heart of the Caucasus region, LINKS (Dialogue, Analysis and Research) convened a workshop on the theme “Global challenges, shifting regional parameters, and the need for innovative responses”. Forty-six participants, mainly young scholars and professionals, came from seventeen countries from Europe, Eurasia… Continue reading In Borjomi, participants – mainly young scholars and professionals, from seventeen countries from Europe, Eurasia and the MENA regions – discuss global challenges and innovative solutions ...