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James Horncastle

James Horncastle

Assistant Professor and Edward and Emily McWhinney Professor in International Relations, Simon Fraser University
James Horncastle is an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and holder of the Edward and Emily McWhinney Professorship in International Relations at Simon Fraser University. He is also a member of the steering committee for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies. His recent manuscript, The Macedonian Slavs in the Greek Civil War, 1944–1949, examines how the Macedonian Slavs participation in the conflict, and the attempts by other groups to manipulate them, gave rise to modern issues that continue to affect politics in the region today. His research interests include: refugee and migration studies; international relations; conflict studies; history of modern Greece; and Yugoslav studies.

Global Geopolitics Series

Western leaders threaten to undermine Navalny’s legacy in Russia

Feb 22, 2024 06:27 am UTC| Insights & Views

The recent death of Alexei Navalny brought immediate condemnations from world leaders, with the American president immediately pointing the finger of blame at Vladimir Putin. One cannot say with certainty the Russian...

Global Geopolitics Series

The West's strikes against Houthis risk igniting a powderkeg in the Middle East

Jan 23, 2024 05:24 am UTC| Insights & Views

The United States and the United Kingdom are launching missile and drone strikes against the Yemeni armed group Ansarallah, commonly known as the Houthis. Houthis, a faction in the ongoing Yemen civil war, had been...

Global Geopolitics Series

Ukraine can still defeat Russia, but it needs the right tools to do it

Dec 26, 2023 23:17 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Ukraines strategic position has declined over the last six months. The summer offensive, which sparked hope among Ukraine and its supporters, failed to deliver significant territorial gains. Furthermore, support for...

Global Geopolitics Series

Israel's ground offensive in Gaza City is ignoring the past lessons of urban warfare

Nov 29, 2023 06:06 am UTC| Insights & Views

Mediators are seeking to extend the truce between Israel and Hamas beyond Wednesday amid the exchange of hostages for prisoners. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to resume the war with full force...

Global Geopolitics Series

How Serbia-Kosovo tensions hang like a spectre over the European Union

Oct 17, 2023 06:53 am UTC| Insights & Views

An armed band of Serb militants recently ambushed police in Kosovo. In the resulting firefight and retreat, four people including a police officer died from their wounds. The incident sparked official recriminations...

Zelenskyy's meetings with Trudeau and Biden are aimed at winning the long war

Sep 26, 2023 04:00 am UTC| Politics

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has capped off a visit to North America with a stop in Ottawa, where he addressed Parliament and urged the world not to forget about the war in Ukraine. It is genocide what...

The Russian draft isn't likely to help Vladimir Putin win the war in Ukraine

Oct 13, 2022 11:50 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Russias mobilization of 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine, coupled with Vladimir Putins annexation of territory he does not control, has renewed speculation about the outcome of the Russian invasion. But far from a...

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Economy

Marcos Expresses Optimism on Coca-Cola’s $1 Billion Expansion Plans in the Philippines:

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. welcomed the $1 billion expansion plans of the international beverage brand Coca-Cola in the Philippines. The Palace announced this development on Tuesday. Marcos engaged with Coca-Colas...

China’s doom loop: a dramatically smaller (and older) population could create a devastating global slowdown

China has announced that in 2023 its population declined from 1.4118 to 1.4097 billion people. Forecasting by the UN suggests Chinas population will dip to 1.313 billion by 2050 and then down to about 800 million by 2100....

The private sector housing experiment has failed: Ottawa must now step up on social housing

Politicians of all stripes say that housing affordability is a top priority. But few are saying much about social housing the kind thats needed for low-income households in greatest need of affordable rental...

Wholesale power prices are falling fast – but consumers will have to wait for relief. Here’s why

Wholesale power prices are falling steeply in Australia, following two years of surging prices after the Ukraine war triggered an energy crisis. New data shows annualised spot prices for power in Australias main grid fell...

Mortgage and inflation pain to ease, but only slowly: how 31 top economists see 2024

A panel of 31 leading economists assembled by The Conversation sees no cut in interest rates before the middle of this year, and only a slight cut by December, enough to trim just $55 per month off the cost of servicing a...

Politics

Disinformation threatens global elections – here’s how to fight back

With over half the worlds population heading to the polls in 2024, disinformation season is upon us and the warnings are dire. The World Economic Forum declared misinformation a top societal threat over the next two years...

Vladimir Putin’s history war where truth is the first casualty

The Kremlins decision to sanction several UK historians for their allegedly erroneous coverage of Russian history shows the extent to which Vladimir Putins regime is doubling down on its view of Ukraine as historically...

Doxing or in the public interest? Free speech, ‘cancelling’ and the ethics of the Jewish creatives’ WhatsApp group leak

The recent release of a leaked transcript of a private WhatsApp group for Jewish writers, artists, musicians and academics has stirred a controversy that has led to threats of violence, a family in hiding, and the...

Tasmania is going to an early election. Will the country’s last Liberal state be no more?

After months of speculation about an early election and a battle to keep minority government alive, Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff Australias last remaining Liberal Premier has called an election for March 23, three...

Who will be picked for vice president? Let’s discuss who’s qualified for the job

The November presidential election might seem far away, but its time for the veepstakes already. You know, that favorite game of pundits, politicos and political junkies who, every four years, obsess over the presidential...

Science

The brain is the most complicated object in the universe. This is the story of scientists’ quest to decode it – and read people’s minds

In the middle of 2023, a study conducted by the HuthLab at the University of Texas sent shockwaves through the realms of neuroscience and technology. For the first time, the thoughts and impressions of people unable to...

Synthetic human embryos let researchers study early development while sidestepping ethical and logistical hurdles

Embryonic development, also known as embryogenesis, is a cornerstone in understanding the origins of life. But studying this marvel of intricate and layered biological processes in people faces considerable challenges....

Genetic diseases: How scientists are working to make DNA repair (almost) a piece of cake

I have always been fascinated by genetics, a branch of biology that helps explain everything from the striking resemblance between different members of a family to the fact that strawberry plants are frost-resistant. Its...

Orbital resonance − the striking gravitational dance done by planets with aligning orbits

Planets orbit their parent stars while separated by enormous distances in our solar system, planets are like grains of sand in a region the size of a football field. The time that planets take to orbit their suns have no...

Why now is the time to address humanity’s impact on the moon

Humans have always looked at the sky, using the stars as navigation guides or for spiritual storytelling. Every human civilization has looked to the stars and used celestial movements to measure time and find...

Technology

Tesla Offers 5,000 Free Supercharging Miles for Trade-Ins, Boosts Incentives

Tesla has announced a new trade-in incentive, offering 5,000 miles of free Supercharging for select vehicle trade-ins accepted by March 31, 2024. This latest promotion encourages customers to upgrade to newer models,...

iOS 17.4 Update Unveils Major Changes: Third-Party App Stores and More

Apples iOS 17.4 update, scheduled for release on March 4, 2024, introduces significant changes, including support for third-party app stores and enhanced user customization options. This update marks a pivotal shift in...

Apple Card Savings Account Cap Raised to $1 Million by Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs has announced an increase in the Apple Card savings account limit from $250,000 to $1 million, signaling a significant expansion of the programs capabilities and enticing higher deposits from...

Huawei Rumored to Challenge Apple's M1 Despite Semiconductor Production Hurdles

Amid the semiconductor industrys tight competition, Huawei is rumored to have developed a chipset rivaling Apples M1, despite facing significant production and technological constraints. The Kirin 9006C, Huaweis covert 5nm...
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