Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker announce progress in Brexit negotiations, December 2017. (Credit: Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916/Flickr)

The teething problems of a multipolar world order

2017 was a year of historical reflection. Looking back, the revolutionary process initiated in 1917 not only altered the international system’s structure of power...
Vila Da Canpas in the Amazon region of Brazil near Manaus. (Credit: World Bank photo collection/Flickr)

The two forms of capitalism: Developmentalism and economic liberalism

Capitalist societies will be either developmental or liberal depending on the way they deploy their major institutions, namely the state and the market. Economic liberalism...
Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, June 2016. (Credit: Screenshot courtesy of China Daily News/Youtube)

Eurasian partnership: A new balance of power?

In June 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a joint statement with Chinese President Xi Jinping, declaring the goal of “a comprehensive partnership between...
Seeking citizenship at Ellis Island, New York. (Credit: _TuVeuxMaPhoto_/NY Ellis Island Immigration Museum/Flickr)

Citizenship and beyond

We all carry multiple identities which define who we are. We are human beings, female human beings, female human beings with passion. Such an...
#FeesMustFall demonstration in Pretoria, South Africa. (Credit: Paul Saad/Flickr)

Digitalisation of the media in Africa: Prospects for change

Global media has become increasingly digitalised in recent years. These processes have had a detrimental impact on the traditional business models of commercial journalism,...
The A3K3 creates artwork through machine technology. (Credit: Ars Electronica/Flickr)

Technological innovation: The challenges for labour

Amazon’s postal delivery drones. Google’s self-driving cars. Artificial intelligence. Today, the rapid advancement of computer technology, aka the 4th Industrial Revolution, is creating new...
President Vladimir Putin during a press conference (Credit: vverve/Bigstock)

Russia: A world or a regional power?

When describing the present condition of the international state system, a broad consensus binds political camps in both the East and West and can...
Xi'an city wall, China. (Credit: chuyu/Bigstock)

Dreams for the world, ‚made in China‘

Establishing a deeper understanding of the One Belt, One Road initiative than is often employed by the international community, Maxim Mikhalev uses influential Chinese...
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 reconnection: 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...
Syrian refugees protesting the bombing of Aleppo. Berlin, December 2016. (Credit: Joel Schalit/Flickr)

Deconstructing the Trojan horse: Towards non-essentialist discourse

How many refugees should a country receive? The question of numbers cannot be addressed without looking at the narratives which shape public policies. I would...

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