Ottoman soldiers in 1917 (image courtesy Ottoman Imperial Archives under Creative Commons licence)

Ottoman soldiers in 1917 (image courtesy Ottoman Imperial Archives under Creative Commons licence)

Ottoman soldiers in 1917 (image courtesy Ottoman Imperial Archives under Creative Commons licence)

Turkey would be a different entity today, had it not been for the First World War. Co-author of the British Council report, Remember the World as well as the War, Anne Bostanci, highlights the effects of the war on Turkey and why especially the younger generation 'remembers'.

‘In the mountain areas, we have a lack of transportation and infrastructure.’ Photo of Balochistan village by Ahsan under Creative Commons licence.

‘In the mountain areas, we have a lack of transportation and infrastructure.’ Photo of Balochistan village by Ahsan under Creative Commons licence.

‘In the mountain areas, we have a lack of transportation and infrastructure.’ Photo of Balochistan village by Ahsan under Creative Commons licence.

As we publish a report assessing disability in Pakistan today, the British Council's Dee Lowry hears from Abia Akram and others about what it's like to live as a person with disability* in Pakistan, and examines how the report can shape future policies and discussions.

Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the people associated with contemporary UK arts and culture (Photo by Sam under Creative Commons licence)

Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the people associated with contemporary UK arts and culture (Photo by Sam under Creative Commons licence)

Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the people associated with contemporary UK arts and culture (Photo by Sam under Creative Commons licence)

What makes people like a country? New research, released today, surveyed more than 1,000 18- to 34-year-olds in each of six countries: Brazil, China, Germany, India, the US and the UK. So what did people think of the UK? Anne Bostanci breaks down the results.

'The DPRK is very cautious about any imagery or any view of itself which doesn’t conform to the statist ideal'. Photo by Nick Danziger.

'The DPRK is very cautious about any imagery or any view of itself which doesn’t conform to the statist ideal'. Photo by Nick Danziger.

'The DPRK is very cautious about any imagery or any view of itself which doesn’t conform to the statist ideal'. Photo by Nick Danziger.

In August 2013, the British Council’s Visual Arts Director, Andrea Rose, along with photographer Nick Danziger and writer Rory MacLean, travelled to North Korea at the invitation of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) authorities. They set out to provide a view of the people and the country with the aim of informing future discussion about this isolated state.

'Clearly, you cannot talk about the First World War without talking about Germany' Photo: German ring ‘Vaterlandsdank 1914’ (loosely: gratitude from the fatherland), which was awarded for the donation of precious metals to the war effort. © Max Ackermann

'Clearly, you cannot talk about the First World War without talking about Germany' Photo: German ring ‘Vaterlandsdank 1914’ (loosely: gratitude from the fatherland), which was awarded for the donation of precious metals to the war effort. © Max Ackermann

'Clearly, you cannot talk about the First World War without talking about Germany' Photo: German ring ‘Vaterlandsdank 1914’ (loosely: gratitude from the fatherland), which was awarded for the donation of precious metals to the war effort. © Max Ackermann

As we mark 100 years since the start of the First World War in 1914, the British Council's Anne Bostanci argues how it's no longer useful to think about a country's contribution and loss in national terms.