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...

After the US-North Korea summit: Not all quiet on the nuclear front

While the agreement that Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un reached in Singapore de-escalated the situation between the two countries in the immediate term, it...

„Wir sind nicht aggressiv“

Wie groß sind die Mentalitätsunterschiede zwischen Russland und dem Westen? Warum agiert Russland außenpolitisch so aggressiv? Welche Rolle spielen die USA? Ein Streitgespräch zwischen...
Deploying military force will not ease the tensions on the Korean peninsula. (Credit: Wacharaklin/Bigstock)

Prelude to the peace process on the Korean peninsula

On June 12, 2018, a summit took place between the leaders of the DPRK and the US – a summit that few could have...
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Mortality and life expectancy in post-communist countries

The transition to the market economy and democracy in Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union countries in the 1990s caused a dramatic increase in...

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...

In danger of moral escalation: Hybrid wars and the revival of neutrality

If the recent statements by President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton have one positive effect, it...

Transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem: Legal implications

The decision of President Donald Trump to implement the US Congress Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which transfers the United States Embassy to Jerusalem...
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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...

All too meteoric: The Korean peace initiative and its failure

It became all too meteoric. First, the North Korean missile test on 27 November 2017, proving in theory, that Pyongyang could nuke Washington, DC...

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