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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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Global financial governance: does the EU have a say?

Global financial governance: does the EU have a say?
Marina Martinova

Marina Martinova

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Marina Martinova studies International Relations and World Politics at Moscow State Institute of International Relations. After doing an exchange programme in Sciences Po (Paris), she completed an internship in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. Her interests lie in global financial governance, integration, European politics and geopolitics. Alpinism, cycling, debating and reading are among her favourite pastimes.
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Today, financial issues seem to have taken a backseat to political problems. Yet only a handful of years ago the international scene gave its undivided attention to world leaders who were trying to resolve the financial crisis. The results of the G20 London summit, though sometimes criticized, proved that global financial government does exist and […]

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The importance of social inclusion policies at school community: a key for integration

The importance of social inclusion policies at school community: a key for integration
Ana Prundaru

Ana Prundaru

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Ana Prundaru is a writer, translator and visual artist. She holds a MSc in Sociology of Law and an LL.B in EU Law. Her essays appear in Ragazine, Thread Literary, Kyoto Journal, Luna Luna Magazine and Feminist Wire, among other places. She tweets @the_anamaria.
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The case was lodged by Turkish-Swiss dual national parents, who incurred fines by the Swiss government, after refusing to allow their two prepubescent daughters to attend the school’s co-ed swimming classes. Alleging that swimming with boys went against their religious convictions, the parents did not relent, even when school officials offered the option to wear […]

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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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Indigenous resiliency through renewable energy

Indigenous resiliency through renewable energy

Angela Reed Clavijo

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Angela Reed Clavijo has been working to promote economic and social advancements first locally in post-Katrina New Orleans then globally out of San Francisco, California. She is currently part of a team of Responsible Sourcing Managers working with large corporations to understand and encourage improvements of their suppliers' working conditions.
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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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2017: a new start for the EU–US partnership?

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

Marina Martinova

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Marina Martinova studies International Relations and World Politics at Moscow State Institute of International Relations. After doing an exchange programme in Sciences Po (Paris), she completed an internship in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. Her interests lie in global financial governance, integration, European politics and geopolitics. Alpinism, cycling, debating and reading are among her favourite pastimes.
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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
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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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
John Trajer

John Trajer

Policy Researcher at Politheor
John Trajer holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, and is currently working at a Brussels-based NGO while completing his MA in European Studies. His research focuses on the relationship between different forms of citizenship and mobility in Europe, with a special interest in the migration patterns of Roma EU and non-EU citizens.
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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
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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