Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the Forum on China-Africa cooperation in December 2015. (Credit: GovernmentZA/Flickr)

China’s economic transformation

At the end of 1976, China was, by and large, an agricultural country with a hefty 82.6% of its population living in the countryside,...
Jean-Claude Juncker, Xi Jinping, and Donald Tusk, at the 18th EU-China Summit in Beijing. July, 2016. (Credit: European External Action Service/Flickr)

Eurasia’s re connection: Implications for Europe and Germany

Since the end of the Soviet Union, different initiatives have been proposed to revitalise the ancient Silk Road and to reactivate transcontinental trade. However, plans...
A conceptual and theoretical analysis

Hegemony: A conceptual and theoretical analysis

This paper provides a conceptual and theoretical analysis of the concept of hegemony in the field of International Relations. Although the concept of hegemony...
Recycling for a living in South Africa. (Credit: Jan Truter/Flickr)

Towards an inclusive world: Reformulating public policies

The opportunity to redesign the foundations of social systems rarely arises. The zeitgeist does not encourage systemic changes that threaten the status quo. Furthermore,...
Income security and the quest for dignity in an unequal world

Income security and the quest for dignity in an unequal world

An increasing number of people are registering dissatisfaction with their lives by engaging in anti-social and self-harming activities. One remedy that is receiving increasing...
international

Beyond the impasse

The European security system and international relations as a whole are at a deep impasse.1 The clash of world orders has provoked a clash...
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...
Complexo do Alemão, a group of favelas north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Credit: João Lima/Flickr)

New developmentalism: Macroeconomics for developing countries

After developing remarkably over the course of the 20th Century, the Brazilian economy stagnated in the 1980s, as a consequence of high inflation and...
British citizens protest in Trafalgar Square against the referendum results of the UK leaving the EU (Credit: melis/Bigstock)

Hubris and hope: Alternatives to the clash of world orders

The shape of politics is shifting. In France, the country that invented the left-right binary almost 250 years ago, the centre-left and the centre-right...
Paradoxes of happiness

Paradoxes of happiness

There is evidence that income and wealth inequalities are positively associated with happiness, as measured by the happiness index, and negatively associated with suicide...

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