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...
trade

Rethinking free trade agreements in uncertain times

After US President Donald Trump withdrew from Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), involving twelve countries on the Pacific rim, on his first day in office,...
Countless reasons for inequality, or is it more simple than that? (Credit: jimbophotoart/Bigstock)

Global inequality: New findings

In February 2017, the US National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) shared new insights on global inequality as part of its working paper series....

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...
China is now the second largest source of intellectual capital in the world. (Credit: CHOReograPH/Bigstock)

Think tanks with Chinese characteristics

In January 2017, the University of Pennsylvania released the 10th anniversary edition of its Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, giving an overview...
Silvio Berlusconi has proposed introducing a flat tax as part of his electoral campaigning. (Credit: EPP/Flickr)

A flat tax is for a flat earth

This was my answer to Grzegorz Kolodko, Poland’s minister of finance and first deputy premier for the economy (1994-97 and 2002-03), when in the...
labour

Platform labour conditions: Yandex innovation prompts concerns

The competition in Russia’s online taxi-hailing business has become cutthroat and the leading companies are looking for ways to distinguish themselves. For years, driving...
The crisis of the Iraqi state and the civil war in Syria have led to autonomous Kurdish regions. (Credit: PromesaArtStudio/Bigstock)

The Kurds: Between a dramatic past and an uncertain future

A people with a complicated destiny is fighting for a decent life in a conflict-torn region. They have been subject to their neighbours’ policies...
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz at the closing session of the 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council in Germany. Hamburg, December 2016. (Credit: Golden Brown/Bigstock)

Radicalisation, terrorism, and the Austrian OSCE chairmanship

One of the three main themes of the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship – ‘radicalisation and terrorism’ – is currently a major challenge to security, as...
Tibetan landscape on the road from Saga, Central Tibet. (Credit: pablopicasso/Bigstock)

Integrating Eurasia: Evolving Russian-Indian infrastructure links

The reemergence of grand, ancient world cultures is becoming the hallmark of the twenty-first century. During the 2010s, China and India have outgrown the...

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