The Name Game

Daniel Hall discusses what ‘Lake Trump’ tells us about the geopolitics of naming in the Balkans. In the year 2020, it has become almost routine for headlines that could have easily been outlandish satire not so long ago to become reality. “Disputed reservoir on the Serbia-Kosovo border to be named after President Donald Trump” is…

The Politics of Mapping

Ross Holland examines the political consequences of mapping and using certain projections on maps, and the colonial history behind the maps we use everyday. Geography and politics are intrinsically linked. The amount of land a country owns is, more often than not, a huge factor in determining a country’s political power, as well as the…

Rising Waters: Ethiopia’s New Mega-Dam Creates Tensions in The Horn of Africa

David Figueira Bourton discusses the impacts of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on Egyptian and Ethiopian water disputes and assesses the possibility of a military resolution. Since 2011 the $4.8bn Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been under construction on the Blue Nile River. The dam is located in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia,…