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...
hegemony

Unravelling power and hegemony: Towards a differentiated approach

Both power and hegemony are often defined one-sidedly in terms of a particular theoretical approach. Rather than revisiting these inter-theoretical debates, this paper approaches...
Shanghai skyline at night. (Credit: outcast85/Bigstock)

Globalisation in a new form

Jayshree Sengupta discusses the fate of globalisation, contrasting the expansion of global trade from the 1800s to the twentieth century post-War era, with more...
philosophical anthropology

Scientific approaches in the age of anthropological crisis

The modern era has bestowed various titles on cultural, social, and philosophical research: ‘death of the subject’; ‘anthropological catastrophe’; and ‘the end of history’...
Debate at the European Commission, July 2014. (Credit: European Parliament/Flickr)

Smaller and larger nations: A fair balance of interests?

The destiny of Europe has been shaped for many years by the interests of great powers. For centuries, the Russian, Ottoman, and Habsburg empires,...
Guangzhou, China

Making and breaking social capital: The paradox of China’s social credit system

The Chinese government is engaged in a major mass-surveillance initiative, to become fully operational by the year 2020. It has been subject to varied...
The Wall Street Bull in the financial district in Manhattan, New York. (Credit: Sam valadi/Flickr)

Financial capitalism and the future

Donald Trump’s election victory can be seen as the culmination of a series of events including the May 2016 presidential elections in the Philippines...
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...
Central Asia

Farewell to agriculture? Productivity trends and the competitiveness of agriculture in Central Asia

Agricultural productivity in the Central Asian republics of the USSR stopped growing from the late 1970s and declined in the 1990s when the transition...
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...

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