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What drives Japan towards a more aggressive foreign policy?

What drives Japan towards a more aggressive foreign policy?
Monica Esposito

Monica Esposito

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Monica Esposito holds an MA in International Conflict and Security from the Brussels School of International Studies. She collaborates with research centres in Italy and she is currently an intern at the Chaire Baillet Latour at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve.
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The warship is expected to embark on a three-month tour with stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, before joining the Malabar, an annual joint naval exercise with India and the United States in the Indian Ocean. It will be the most spectacular show of force since the World War II in the […]

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The peculiar question of gender equality and economy in Japan

The peculiar question of gender equality and economy in Japan
Meriam Benhamza

Meriam Benhamza

Meriam Benhamza holds a BA in finance and Accounting and a Master in Financial Communication from the Università Della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland. She is fascinated by various topics, but her main focus is the new financial issues arising from the Euro crisis and the role good governance plays in solving them.
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One of “Abenomics” key structural reforms is about involving more women in the workplace, as the country shows a salient misuse of female talent. In a report by Goldman Sachs, closing the gender employment gap was estimated to boost Japan’s GDP by nearly 13%. Minister Abe seemed to understand the underlying potential and began a […]

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Cyber space: An unregulated battleground

Cyber space: An unregulated battleground
Katherine Atkinson

Katherine Atkinson

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Katherine Atkinson is from the UK and recently graduated with a master’s degree in Conflict Studies. She lives in Brussels currently, but did her studies in London and has lived in France, Russia and Moldova while she studied French and Russian. She is particularly interested in the politics of the post-Soviet space.
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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?
Mareike Müller

Mareike Müller

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Mareike Müller studies International Security and Political Economy at the LSE and Sciences Po. Prior to her studies she has gained professional experience among others at the World Health Organization, the German Development Agency GIZ and the Federal Foreign Office.
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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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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
Christopher Hamlin

Christopher Hamlin

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Christopher Hamlin holds a BA degree in Asia Pacific studies from Cornell University. Before his internship at Politheor, he interned at various levels of the United States government, both domestically and in Beijing. He has also worked in policy roles as both an environmental and democratic activist. His main research interests include Asia-Pacific electoral systems, governance, and resource rights.
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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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Dubai, What’s Next?

Dubai, What’s Next?

Sandra Bahous

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Sandra is a New-York qualified attorney and holds a bachelor's degree in finance from McGill University. In the past year, she has worked with Amnesty International on raising awareness on cases involving prisoners of conscience, refugee rights, and capital punishment. She is currently a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School working alongside a professor on research and case writing for an MBA course on leadership and corporate accountability. She is interested in bringing forth policy issues arising in the Middle East including gender equality, political economy, and human rights.
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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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To accept or not to accept?

To accept or not to accept?
Nina Kocijan

Nina Kocijan

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Nina has a BA in European Studies from the University of Ljubljana, and an MA in Political Science from University of Manchester. Her primary research interest is the EU, more specifically its foreign relations, enlargement policy and its relations with the candidate countries i.e. the Western Balkans. She is currently based in Ljubljana where she is working on the EU Aid Volunteers initiative as part of a French Civic Service team.
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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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Putin’s fan club on the rise in Europe and America

Putin’s fan club on the rise in Europe and America
Katherine Atkinson

Katherine Atkinson

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Katherine Atkinson is from the UK and recently graduated with a master’s degree in Conflict Studies. She lives in Brussels currently, but did her studies in London and has lived in France, Russia and Moldova while she studied French and Russian. She is particularly interested in the politics of the post-Soviet space.
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The populist leaders and admirers of Putin have emerged both to the left and right of the political spectrum. Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump, having all expressed their admiration or support of the ‘respected’ leader, serve as fine examples of this phenomenon on the right. Yet, Europe cannot ignore the fact that […]

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Women in Tunisia: A democratic façade or a civil society’s struggle?

Women in Tunisia: A democratic façade or a civil society’s struggle?
Monica Esposito

Monica Esposito

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Monica Esposito holds an MA in International Conflict and Security from the Brussels School of International Studies. She collaborates with research centres in Italy and she is currently an intern at the Chaire Baillet Latour at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve.
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During the election in 2014 in Tunisia, women outnumbered men among registered voters. Women were greatly encouraged to vote because their rights were not only considered, but there was also a wish to enhance them. Political parties, well aware of this trend, proposed female candidates to gather votes from the female electorate: among 13,000 parliamentary […]

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The EU and Bosnia-Herzegovina on a slippery slope

The EU and Bosnia-Herzegovina on a slippery slope
Nina Kocijan

Nina Kocijan

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Nina has a BA in European Studies from the University of Ljubljana, and an MA in Political Science from University of Manchester. Her primary research interest is the EU, more specifically its foreign relations, enlargement policy and its relations with the candidate countries i.e. the Western Balkans. She is currently based in Ljubljana where she is working on the EU Aid Volunteers initiative as part of a French Civic Service team.
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This is not the first time that this country’s politicians have ignored the EU’s efforts and advice. And it is not the first time that the EU has responded by taking new steps in the membership application process. Is it possible then that Bosnia-Herzegovina has found the way to join the Union while purposefully disregarding […]

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