The Googleplex in Mountain View, California. (Credit: Robbie Shade/Flickr)

Political systems as pragmatic cybernetics

It is always difficult for policy to deal with systemic change. But systemic changes should not be seen as threats but as opportunities. Whoever exploits...
Activists demonstrate against free trade agreements between the EU and the US in Bulgaria. Sofia, October 2016. (Credit: Belish/Bigstock)

Glocalism: Beyond nationalism and internationalism

What does the term ‘glocalism’ mean? Obviously, it is composed of two words, localism and globalism. But one should note how the words are...
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European energy security: Challenges in diversifying and decarbonising

European energy supply security has long been a geopolitical and geo-economic issue and has become a key concern for the EU. Over the last...
Behind the Great Firewall. (Credit: Mike Licht/Flickr)

The new multipolarity of the digital future

For a long time, a drastic new chapter for civil society –  digitalisation – was indelibly linked to the United States. The socio-normative force...
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Never again: Demands for a new global security architecture

From its very beginning, the system of collective security established under the United Nations Charter has been dysfunctional. Global Security Architecture In the post-World War Two...
Lago Agrio Ecuador: Road through the jungle in the oil production region of the country. (Credit: Quasarphoto/Bigstock)

Reading ‘migration and mobility’ in Latin America

Words carry the weight of civilisations, of ways of seeing, being, and understanding but also of classifying, categorising, simplifying, homogenising, and even controlling. ‘Latin America’...
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi speaks on ending extreme poverty at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival in New York City. (Credit: Debby Wong/Bigstock)

Policy alternatives for reducing inequality

Over the last three decades, pro-growth neoliberal policies have been followed by many developing countries as part of structural adjustment programmes, at the behest...
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New media for a dialogue of civilisations

China proposed the Belt and Road Initiative to not only provide a new international development framework focused on enhanced cooperation between China and Eurasia,...
Jean-Claude Juncker during opening of the EU elections campaign on April 27, 2014 in Sofia. (Credit: Anton Chalakov/Bigstock)

Democracy Diplomatic Revolution in Europe

We often hear that Americans and Europeans share the same values, such as democracy, freedom, and the rule of law. This is certainly true....
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Renting the Silk Road

To achieve optimum levels of efficiency, complex societies need the support of efficient hierarchies of decision-making. People in the formative phases of the first civilisations...

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