The president, the professor, and the resolution of the Italian political crisis

Despite probably being the single most widely criticised act by an Italian President, Sergio Mattarella´s veto on 27 May, which had resulted in postponing...
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China’s media in Africa: Expansion, perception, and reception

Chinese media has increased its footprint in Africa in recent years, which is widely seen as a way for China to extend its ‘soft...
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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...
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Constructing a new global communication order

In the dynamic and digitised 24/7 globalised multi-media age, the one-way vertical flow of media and communication products – from the West to the...
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The Syrian conflict: Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

The six-year armed conflict in Syria is one of the major issues shaping the contemporary Middle East and impacting the fundamental nature of international...
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Collective rights as a potential source for peace, harmony, and well-being in the global community

This Expert Comment explores how collective rights, peace, harmony, and global well-being require international political commitments to create the necessary conditions to humanise social structures...
#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,...
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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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Terrorism as a global phenomenon

Alexey Malashenko’s Expert Comment on terrorism as a global threat is the first in a series of five DOC publications on Islamic terrorism. Prof....
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Good and bad GDP: Output fall in transition economies and the dead rat effect

Good jokes should be funny, but more importantly, should carry a message. The following is one of the most famous jokes in economics, and...


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