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Yellow vests and blue mandarins

Pointing to France’s long history of combining forms of dirigiste policymaking with interest group fragmentation, Jürgen Grote looks at the yellow vests movement and...

Brexit: Are the British elite up to the task?

Continental Europe experienced a boost in development, while recovering from the destruction of World War II and especially after the creation of European Economic...

Implications of the G20 Summit for global governance and US-China relations

Reflecting on last weekend’s G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, three experts from the Beijing-based think tank the Taihe Institute, shared their views with DOC...

The Herat Security Dialogue and the situation in Afghanistan

There are several protracted conflicts around the world that have no definitive solution. These include the Arab-Israeli and Nagorno-Karabakh conflicts, as well as the...

The Istanbul four? What the recent summit in Turkey could mean for Syria

On 27 October, 2018, the leaders of France, Germany, Russia, and Turkey met in Istanbul to discuss the crisis in Syria. In a joint...

With Merkel stepping down, what is the future of conservatism in Germany?

Angela Merkel’s decision to end her political career, apart from sitting out her third term as German Chancellor until 2021, can be compared to...

Chinese investment in Africa: New model for economic development or business as usual?

As China’s trade relations with other world powers continue to attract attention, African leaders have gathered in Beijing for the third summit of the...

The Idlib conundrum

On Friday, 7 September, the Astana Troika summit in Tehran brought together the leaders of Iran, Russia, and Turkey to discuss the current situation...

Syria’s reconstruction: No willing payers in sight

Lately there has been a lot of rhetoric about the start of the reconstruction process in Syria. Such a statement was made by Iranian...

BRICS: An alternative platform for multilateralism?

Since 1 January 2018, South Africa has held the BRICS presidency, during which over 15 ministerial and 60 official meetings and forums have been...

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