Cyber space: An unregulated battleground

Cyber space: An unregulated battleground

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On 20 January 2017 the world witnessed the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, after what may have been one of the most controversial pre-election period of all time. Trump’s election was marred by a DNC hacking scandal that threatened the very legitimacy of its outcome. The final declassified intelligence […]

The war on terrorism financing – a success in disguise?

The war on terrorism financing – a success in disguise?

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Despite the conference’s fashionable theme “Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?”, certain topics on the agenda persist beyond “post” – for instance the international community’s continuous fight against terrorism, and the endeavour to tackle it from an economic side. 16 years after 9/11 heralded the global war on terror, it is now time to review the corresponding global […]

Indigenous resiliency through renewable energy

Indigenous resiliency through renewable energy

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While claimed to be the safest and most efficient method to transport oil, its construction has come at the expense of indigenous rights violations and a neglect of the environment –a reflection of the United States’ seemingly relentless approach for quick business gains. Many US news sources claim there was not an adequate consultation with […]

Biodiversity loss, so important yet not so popular issue

Biodiversity loss, so important yet not so popular issue

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The Issue at Hand In terms of its impact, biodiversity loss is an enormous challenge which spans the entire planet. In spite of this, the issue has not gained traction within policy circles nor entered into the public psyche in the same way as concerns such as climate change or the threat of nuclear conflict.  […]

2017: a new start for the EU–US partnership?

2017: a new start for the EU–US partnership?

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Strained by the migrant crisis, frustrated by Brexit and finally humiliated by Trump’s accession to power …  Such a Europe seems to have no prospects of improving its positions and is doomed to fall behind the emerging powers. This simplistic gloomy scenario is a good pretext for standing by and doing nothing, but hardly is […]

European parliament, democratic deficit and another missed opportunity

European parliament, democratic deficit and another missed opportunity

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The elections of European leaders have been criticised for years as not democratic enough. It all probably culminated in Nigel Farage blatantly asking the newly elected President of the European Council »Who are you?« The same could probably be asked about the new President of the European Parliament. Namely, the EP President is elected every […]

The ‘other’ refugees in ‘crisis’: Denying asylum to Europe’s most persecuted minority

The ‘other’ refugees in ‘crisis’: Denying asylum to Europe’s most persecuted minority

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The ‘safe countries of origin’ concept has been a controversial element of EU common asylum policy since its adoption under the Asylum Procedures Directive in 2005. The practice of ‘fast-tracking’ claims from ‘safe’ countries has generated several legal debates, coming under scrutiny from the International Federation of Human Rights for lowering the procedural guarantees of […]

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Cyber space: An unregulated battleground

Cyber space: An unregulated battleground
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On 20 January 2017 the world witnessed the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, after what may have been one of the most controversial pre-election period of all time. Trump’s election was marred by a DNC hacking scandal that threatened the very legitimacy of its outcome. The final declassified intelligence […]

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The war on terrorism financing – a success in disguise?

The war on terrorism financing – a success in disguise?
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Despite the conference’s fashionable theme “Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?”, certain topics on the agenda persist beyond “post” – for instance the international community’s continuous fight against terrorism, and the endeavour to tackle it from an economic side. 16 years after 9/11 heralded the global war on terror, it is now time to review the corresponding global […]

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Indigenous resiliency through renewable energy

Indigenous resiliency through renewable energy
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While claimed to be the safest and most efficient method to transport oil, its construction has come at the expense of indigenous rights violations and a neglect of the environment –a reflection of the United States’ seemingly relentless approach for quick business gains. Many US news sources claim there was not an adequate consultation with […]

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Biodiversity loss, so important yet not so popular issue

Biodiversity loss, so important yet not so popular issue
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The Issue at Hand In terms of its impact, biodiversity loss is an enormous challenge which spans the entire planet. In spite of this, the issue has not gained traction within policy circles nor entered into the public psyche in the same way as concerns such as climate change or the threat of nuclear conflict.  […]

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2017: a new start for the EU–US partnership?

2017: a new start for the EU–US partnership?
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Strained by the migrant crisis, frustrated by Brexit and finally humiliated by Trump’s accession to power …  Such a Europe seems to have no prospects of improving its positions and is doomed to fall behind the emerging powers. This simplistic gloomy scenario is a good pretext for standing by and doing nothing, but hardly is […]

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European parliament, democratic deficit and another missed opportunity

European parliament, democratic deficit and another missed opportunity
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The elections of European leaders have been criticised for years as not democratic enough. It all probably culminated in Nigel Farage blatantly asking the newly elected President of the European Council »Who are you?« The same could probably be asked about the new President of the European Parliament. Namely, the EP President is elected every […]

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The ‘other’ refugees in ‘crisis’: Denying asylum to Europe’s most persecuted minority

The ‘other’ refugees in ‘crisis’: Denying asylum to Europe’s most persecuted minority
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The ‘safe countries of origin’ concept has been a controversial element of EU common asylum policy since its adoption under the Asylum Procedures Directive in 2005. The practice of ‘fast-tracking’ claims from ‘safe’ countries has generated several legal debates, coming under scrutiny from the International Federation of Human Rights for lowering the procedural guarantees of […]

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Nuke-armed South Asian governments adopt a “me first” approach on water – and it goes poorly

Nuke-armed South Asian governments adopt a “me first" approach on water - and it goes poorly
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Over the next decade, the looming potential of climate change as a “threat multiplier,” may have exacerbating effects on the historic sudden onset catalysts for violence and instability among Bangladeshi, Pakistani, and Indian populations. In fact, the prospective national security implications of climate change on intra-regional conflict have become so apparent that the United Nations […]

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2016 was a terrible year for climate change. Will 2017 be worse?

2016 was a terrible year for climate change. Will 2017 be worse?
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Now, after a year of disappointments, it does not seem very likely. Climate change is moving faster than previously predicted. The first six months of 2016 were the warmest six-month period in NASA’s modern temperature record, which dates back to 1880. The devastating effects of global temperature rise might be here sooner than we think. […]

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Dubai, What’s Next?

Dubai, What’s Next?
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The City of Dubai has, in the last decade, taken on an incredible transformation thanks to great vision and leadership. For many, the question is how has it managed to do so and what’s next? Dubai has succeeded at positioning itself amongst the most attractive cities in the world for foreign investment and been dubbed […]

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EU citizenship for sale!

EU citizenship for sale!
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In November 2013, the Maltese Government approved the “Individual Investor Programme (IPP)” scheme aimed at bringing cash and investments in the country. This, in itself, is nothing extraordinary. However, the issue becomes more interesting once we start looking more into the details of the scheme. The law enables investors to buy a Maltese passport and […]

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To accept or not to accept?

To accept or not to accept?
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Referendums and elections are seen as one of the rare occasions in which people get to decide on a particular issue directly, without their elected representatives deciding for them. Switzerland, for example, was hailed for a long time as the country with the most direct democracy. This was seen as a good thing as it […]

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