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The ‘Berlin Promise’ – Dashed expectations must not spell defeat in the Western Balkans

The ‘Berlin Promise’ - Dashed expectations must not spell defeat in the Western Balkans
Simone Esposito

Simone Esposito

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Simone is a graduate student in EU Politics at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he is specialising in the public policy of the European Union. He holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, and took part in the Erasmus exchange programme at Sciences Po Paris. Simone currently works as Economic Affairs officer for the 1989 Generation Initiative, a newly founded policy network that commits to mobilise young citizens to revive the European project. His interests lie in the field of politics and geopolitics in Europe, and in European political economy.
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Today, six countries in the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia – are waiting in the wings to join the European Union. They have implemented policies that aim to narrow the development disparities with the EU and to adopt the acquis communautaire. However, according to the IMF, “the process […]

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Can the EU’s fight against illegal logging help to preserve forest ecosystems in timber producing nations?

Can the EU’s fight against illegal logging help to preserve forest ecosystems in timber producing nations?
Ann-Kathrin Beck

Ann-Kathrin Beck

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Ann-Kathrin Beck is currently finishing up her graduate degree in the Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and the School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest. Previously, she has gained professional experiences with the German Agency for Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Ghana, Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Indonesia and the German Embassy in Kazakhstan, always eager to find the connections between environmental and development policies – her two main research interests. Her master thesis focusses on the external dimension and potentials of EU forest governance.
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In 2003 the EU passed the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, a path-leading framework to fight illegal logging and deforestation. However, fifteen years later there is still a lot of work to do until EU FLEGT unfolds a positive impact on climate change, forest ecosystems and local communities as intended. In […]

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Baluchistan, a thorn in the Persian giant’s side

Baluchistan, a thorn in the Persian giant’s side
Emile Fabre

Emile Fabre

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Emile Fabre is an aspiring political affairs researcher and MA student at the College of Europe in Natolin, Poland, whose analytical work focuses on international affairs and security issues. Previously Emile has engaged in human rights monitoring, researching armed conflict and extremism as well as drafting policy on foreign affairs by working at the European External Action Service, European Parliament and International Crisis Group. He holds degrees from the American Graduate School of Paris (MSc International Relations) and Paris-Sud University (MA Diplomacy).
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Rich in natural resources and a crucial pillar of the China Pakistan Iran Economic Corridor, Baluchistan has recently become a hotspot for massive investment projects such as the Free Trade Zone of Chabbahar port. The area is mostly inhabited by the predominantly Sunni Baloch group. Their Sunni faith places them at odds with the Iranian […]

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Trump’s rhetoric is un-presidential yet effective in appealing to peoples’ emotions

Trump’s rhetoric is un-presidential yet effective in appealing to peoples’ emotions
Murdock O'Mooney

Murdock O'Mooney

Murdock is a writer and educator originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico U.S.A. He holds a BFA in Creative Writing and MA in Rhetoric and Writing with a Teaching Focus from the University of New Mexico. He currently teaches writing and composition, as well as other courses, at Chosun University in Gwangju, South Korea.
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While widely misunderstood, rhetoric is thought of as the available means of persuasion. That is, what we say, and do, to produce a desired outcome. Pathos is thought of as emotional appeals, logos appeals to logic, and ethos appeals to authority. Pathos is often considered the most elementary of appeals, requiring the least amount of […]

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Do EU policymakers really value intellectual property?

Do EU policymakers really value intellectual property?
Dina Habjouqa

Dina Habjouqa

Policy Researcher at Politheor
As a PhD candidate in Political Studies at the University of Alicante, Dina is researching the legal and constitutional landscapes and the geopolitical factors that govern the creation, orientation, functioning and performance of political parties in Jordan. She previously served as a political researcher at the Jordanian Royal Court, with special emphasis on relations with the European Union, and as an EU-Jordan relations officer at the Ministry of Planning in Amman. Her professional and academic experience focuses on democracy building, the empowerment of political parties, and EU-MENA relations.Dina contributed to a number of reports published by the Jordanian Center for Strategic Studies.
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IP is a prime asset that advanced economies build on. As indicated by the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Director General, “Intellectual property is a crucial part of a successful innovation system”. The EU – a block that hosts competitive and innovative industries – greatly depends on its brainpower to sustain economic growth. According to a […]

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From Brussels to Beijing: Is there room for optimism in climate policy in Trump’s era?

From Brussels to Beijing: Is there room for optimism in climate policy in Trump's era?
Alberto Rocamora García

Alberto Rocamora García

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Alberto Rocamora García is a graduate in European Law and Economic Analysis from the College of Europe, where he majored in Economics. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Business from the University of Extremadura and in Law from the University Carlos III de Madrid respectively. He also undertook an Erasmus exchange programme in Karl-Franzens-University Graz and an online course taught by Harvard. He is interested in EU affairs with a focus on climate, environment and energy issues. Currently he is a trainee at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action. He has also gained previous work experience in the private sector and in Spanish public administration.
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There is more to the US besides the White House America has always been great – and diverse – with a prominent climate scientific community as well as leading political figures in the fight against climate change, like Al Gore. More recently, initiatives to safeguard climate-related data and make it public through “rebel” government agencies […]

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Cyber security: what lessons the European Union can learn from the French election

Cyber security: what lessons the European Union can learn from the French election
Rebecca Brambilla

Rebecca Brambilla

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Rebecca has a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Her main academic interest lies in the fields of Foreign Affairs, International Development and Global Governance. During her studies, Rebecca worked as an intern for the social start-up Serlo Education in Munich and for the Blossom Hill Foundation in New Canaan, Connecticut. Passionate about human rights and global development, she has volunteered for local NGOs in Kenya, India and the United States.
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The main targets so far have been businesses, alongside banking, telecom and defence, but with the 2016 US election, the focus of cyber attacks seems to have shifted towards governments and national parties. The state-sponsored cyber attacks against the Democratic Party and the subsequent leak of stolen information reflect a trend towards highly-publicised, overt campaigns […]

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When the brotherly vows break: Should Qataris question their khaleejinship?

When the brotherly vows break: Should Qataris question their khaleejinship?
Dina Habjouqa

Dina Habjouqa

Policy Researcher at Politheor
As a PhD candidate in Political Studies at the University of Alicante, Dina is researching the legal and constitutional landscapes and the geopolitical factors that govern the creation, orientation, functioning and performance of political parties in Jordan. She previously served as a political researcher at the Jordanian Royal Court, with special emphasis on relations with the European Union, and as an EU-Jordan relations officer at the Ministry of Planning in Amman. Her professional and academic experience focuses on democracy building, the empowerment of political parties, and EU-MENA relations.Dina contributed to a number of reports published by the Jordanian Center for Strategic Studies.
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‘Khaleeji’ translates to ‘from the gulf’ in Arabic. However, the term currently and exclusively denotes the identity of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) nationals. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman established the GCC back in 1981 as a political and economic alliance to counter the rise of Iran’s power following the 1979 Islamic revolution. By fostering unity and […]

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Changing Everything so that Nothing Changes? The future of UK seats in the EP

Changing Everything so that Nothing Changes? The future of UK seats in the EP
Emilie Bartolini

Emilie Bartolini

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Emilie is a half Dutch – half Italian Master Student at the College of Europe in Bruges, where she specializes in EU Politics. Before moving to Belgium, she studied at the University of Florence a Bachelor in Political Science and spent a year in the UK, where she graduated with a Master in Democracy and Comparative Politics at University College London. Her main research focus is on Democracy within the EU and Inter-institutional relations, although she also likes to read and write about electoral politics in Western European countries.
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With 73 parliamentary seats, the British delegation is the third largest in the current parliamentary setup together with the Italian one. This explains why the future of its seats in the European Parliament is of fundamental importance to political equilibria between parties and national delegations. Various solutions have been put forward and discussed on how […]

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India & RCEP: The end of low cost medications?

India & RCEP: The end of low cost medications?
Danesh Kermabon-Haq

Danesh Kermabon-Haq

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Danesh Kermabon-Haq holds a BA degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sussex, UK and an MSc in International Public Policy from University College London (UCL), UK.His MSc thesis focused on ‘trade liberalisation and income inequality in South Asia’. His BA thesis focused on ‘worker cooperatives as a viable alternative to corporate capitalist enterprises today’. His areas of interest include trade liberalisation, EU policies and socio-economic issues in developing countries.
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India’s pharmaceutical industry will be limited by the proposed TRIPS Plus clauses within the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) between ASEAN and their trading partners. These would make large production more complex causing medicine prices to go up and thus rendering them less accessible, especially for people living in developing countries. The RCEP is a […]

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