Publications

referendum

Iraqi Kurdistan on the Way to a Referendum on Independence

The Iraqi Kurdistan authorities are organising a referendum on independence on 25 September 2017. Maxim Mikheev explores the reasons that led to the announcement of the referendum and analyses the current Kurdish environment in...
radicalisation

Radicalisation, Terrorism, and the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship

One of the three main themes of the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship – ‘radicalisation and terrorism’ – is currently a major challenge to security, as it threatens the internal stability of member states. Furthermore, the...
renewables

Lessons from the BRICS: India and China Push Solar Diplomacy

The recent BRICS meeting, coming on the heels of the Dokhlam standoff, brought the Indian prime minister Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinjping together to discuss larger co-operational issues, including how can the two...
twenty-first century

Clash or Dialogue? The Rhodes Forum and the Challenge of the Century

The first decades of the twenty-first century have demonstrated that it is more important than ever that we are able not only to address immediate crises as they arise, but that we are able to...
presidential election

Austrian Legislative Elections

Since the United Kingdom’s referendum on whether or not to remain a member of the European Union, most discussions on its consequences have been focused on the EU as a whole, regarding trade and...
Iran

Business in and with Iran: The Opportunity of the Decade

Understandably, investing in or even doing business with Iran under the threat of US President Trump withdrawing his government's support for the 2016 Iran nuclear agreement (JCPOA) is a challenge. The high level of...
capital

Does Russia Need an Inflow of Foreign Capital?

With the exception of only two years – 2006-07, when oil prices were at their highest – capital has been flowing out from Russia since the early 1990s (Fig. 1). In order to finance...
migration

Maintaining Public Trust in the Governance of Migration

Executive Summary As governments around the world face increasingly complex migration challenges, the difference between success and failure can often hinge on the ability of policymakers to win and maintain public trust. When there is...
North Korea

The North Korea Nuclear Crisis – Facts, Perceptions, and Illusions

On 3 September 2017, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea) conducted its sixth nuclear test. Data collected by the monitoring stations of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), based in...
BRICS

The BRICS – Building a New International Financial Order?

From the 3rd until the 5th of September 2017 the 9th BRICS summit took place in Xiamen, China, bringing together the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. On the concluding evening...