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...
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...
Could UBI be the antidote to chronic unemployment? (Credit: Joel Schalit/Flickr)

How will universal basic income change our lives?

The concept of a universal basic income (UBI) is becoming increasingly popular in discussions about how to combat poverty. Advocates for UBI include not...
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...
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...
History, migration, and a mix of traditions: Tajiks drink vodka at a wedding celebration. (Credit: Evgeni Zotov/Flickr)

Religious institutions and Tajik migrant integration in Russia

Debating the role of religion in the process of migrant integration is increasingly important. This is unsurprising in light of the refugee crisis in Europe...
#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,...
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Reformatting the Middle East

In the year 2011, the Middle East entered a convoluted new phase of political and economic turmoil. This has led to a number of...

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