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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 flawed rhetoric around NATO’s two percent

The flawed rhetoric around NATO’s two percent
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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Rumour has it that at their much-discussed meeting in Washington, Donald Trump handed Angela Merkel an invoice, amounting to the alleged 300 billion US Dollars Germany “owed” the US for not living up to its NATO budget quota. Although both parties denied this happened, the news still sparked heated debates about NATO’s budget and its […]

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The need for a new security discourse

The need for a new security discourse
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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Security should be framed in terms of society rather than in terms of the state. We therefore need to introduce the concept of “societal security“: the security of a society is compromised when that society has the impression that its own identity is compromised. Far right parties often rely on this identitarian discourse when warning […]

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Trump and EU Defence: A blessing in disguise?

Trump and EU Defence: A blessing in disguise?
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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Yet, Trump is not the only factor. The march of the EU towards a more decisive security and defence strategy had already started in June 2016 with the presentation of the EU Global Strategy. Beyond ambitions and intentions, it is unforeseeable whether the EU will be able to grasp this opportunity, because of the lack […]

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Counter radicalization policies in the UK: Counterproductive for gender equality

Counter radicalization policies in the UK: Counterproductive for gender equality
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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Sixteen-year-old British girl Kadiza Sultana travelled to Syria to join Dae’sh with two friends in 2015. This, and her subsequent supposed death in an airstrike captured the nation’s attention to the issue of radicalised women. The media not once used the word ‘terrorist’ to describe Sultana. ‘Young, impressionable’ Sultana had been groomed, and mindlessly ‘lured’ […]

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To ‘Europeanize’ Islamic Education

To 'Europeanize' Islamic Education
Izza Tahir

Izza Tahir

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Izza Tahir is a Master of Public Policy graduate from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has worked as a policy analyst with the Government of Ontario in Canada as well as the Government of Pakistan. Her research interests include governance reform, health policy, and the politics and policy of education reform in developing countries.
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The Muslim population of Europe is between 9 and 15 million, having risen steadily since the 1990s due to increased migration and more recently, the influx of refugees from Muslim-majority countries. In response, European policymakers, cognizant of Muslim traditions requiring children to be schooled in basic Islamic tenets and the Arabic language, have been introducing […]

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The Crisis Between Russia and the West: Who gets to be right?

The Crisis Between Russia and the West: Who gets to be right?
Camilla Edemann Callesen

Camilla Edemann Callesen

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a Danish national with a BA in International Studies and a MA in International Conflict and Security. I have previous work experience from humanitarian, peacebuilding and human rights organizations in Belgium and Denmark, and from a research institute in Finland. My interests include Russia and EU’s foreign and security policies, NATO-Russia relations, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. In September I will commence my PhD in International Relations, which will focus on Russia’s foreign policy decision-making in the context of the conflicts in Ukraine and Georgia.
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Actors often disagree on the nature of a conflict because they believe – as well as want to present themselves – that they hold the correct interpretation of the situation. “Being right” is a much desired position as it will turn the situation in your favor and provide you with all the spoils of being […]

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Erdogan’s purge and the rule of law

Erdogan’s purge and the rule of law
Loureen Sayej

Loureen Sayej

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a Palestinian national currently living in Washington D.C. I recently graduated from New College of Florida with a BA in International Relations and Human Rights. I work with the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy on creating a the Institute’s international human rights framework for the Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI) program. Previously, I have worked with UN-Women, World Affairs Council, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, and more.
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Thousands of Turks streamed onto the streets in front of tanks in opposition of the coup leading to more than 240 dead and thousands injured. However, Erdogan’s response to the failed putsch was described by human rights organizations as an “affront to democracy,” referring to the torture, the ill-treatment, and the crackdown on the civil […]

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A Suggestion for the EU’s Global Strategy and the Resolution of the Georgian/South Ossetian Conflict

A Suggestion for the EU's Global Strategy and the Resolution of the Georgian/South Ossetian Conflict
Camilla Edemann Callesen

Camilla Edemann Callesen

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a Danish national with a BA in International Studies and a MA in International Conflict and Security. I have previous work experience from humanitarian, peacebuilding and human rights organizations in Belgium and Denmark, and from a research institute in Finland. My interests include Russia and EU’s foreign and security policies, NATO-Russia relations, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. In September I will commence my PhD in International Relations, which will focus on Russia’s foreign policy decision-making in the context of the conflicts in Ukraine and Georgia.
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In June the EU launched its new Global Strategy, which seeks to consolidate and clarify the EU’s external actions. One of the amendments listed in the strategy is the need to approach conflicts and crises from a multi-dimensional perspective. This amendment is beneficial in for example the post-soviet space where a number of secessionist conflicts […]

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Turkish coup d’état: a failed test for the EU

Turkish coup d’état: a failed test for the EU
Marta Cioci
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Marta Cioci

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am currently enrolled in the MA in European Affairs programme at Sciences Po, Paris. Having graduated with a dissertation on the Ukrainian crisis from my BA Hons in International Relations and Development Studies at the University of Westminster, London, I have developed an interest in EU relations with Russia. My research primarily focuses on EU governance, migration, geopolitics, issues of conflict solving, diplomacy, nuclear weapons. My interests are also ethno-nationalism, notions of mass obedience and group conformism, the concept of nation-state, and the 1930s totalitarianist regimes in Europe.
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Leaving apart the hypothesis of a fake coup d’état – which in absence of evidence remains a supposition as difficult to prove as probable – the EU should have strongly condemned the coup as soon as it occurred. The Union should have denounced what has been an attempt to overthrow a legitimate government which the […]

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