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“Leave it in the ground” – A divestment in ideas

“Leave it in the ground” – A divestment in ideas
Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel holds a PhD in Social Science and Public Policy from King's College London. Trained as a natural scientist with a BSc in Ecosystem Analysis from Lund University, and an MSc in Physical Geography from Exeter University, Mathis became more and more interested in the politics of global governance. As science student equipped with expert knowledge of both the science and the politics of, inter alia, climate change and geoengineering, he is particularly interested in how knowledge and social order are co-produced across space and time.
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The failure of top-down technocratic climate policy to accelerate decarbonization of the economy has provoked environmentalists to experiment with the idea of divestment in fossil fuel corporations. However arousing excitement among the Left, good intentions don’t always make for good policy. Author: Mathis Hampel The opposite of investment, divestment is the removal of one’s investment […]

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Tackling Elitism in Education: What does that mean for France?

Tackling Elitism in Education: What does that mean for France?

Rowan Anderson

Rowan Anderson is an MA French and English Literature student at the University of St Andrews who is currently spending a year abroad in
Strasbourg. She also writes for the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Review
and is a staff reviewer for The Monitor: the Journal of International
Studies at the College of William and Mary.
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  One of the most debated aspects of the reform is the fact that Christian history will be taught as an optional module, while Islamic history will remain a compulsory subject. Author: Rowan Anderson School teachers in France have gone on strike this week to protest newly published education reforms proposed by Francois Hollande’s socialist […]

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Testing the waters: The difficulty of implementing a cohesive EU Arctic Policy

Testing the waters: The difficulty of implementing a cohesive EU Arctic Policy

Athena Tacet

Athena Tacet is a journalist and editor specializing in foreign affairs, human rights and socio-political issues. Her writings have appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Huffington Post, Slate Magazine, and Embassy Magazine, a weekly Canadian foreign policy newspaper. She holds a BA in political science, a Certificate in Modern Arabic language and culture, a Graduate diploma in journalism and undertook a Master's degree in public policy at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her interests include the EU foreign policy, issues related to immigration and asylum policies, as well as nationalism and identity politics in Europe.
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The European Union, which started a process of legitimizing itself as an Arctic actor, and created a basis for its own foreign policy in the Arctic in 2008, was once again denied the status of full Arctic Council observer. Author: Athena Tacet In late April this year, the ninth Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting took place […]

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Where is Sri Lankan Peace Process Heading?

Where is Sri Lankan Peace Process Heading?

Pratibha Singh

Pratibha Singh is a researcher/writer on issues pertaining to gender and conflict in South Asia. She is currently pursuing her Masters from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, Germany.
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The world might have moved on but the after effects of the bloody battle still linger in the northern region of Sri Lanka. The peace and reconciliation process is still fragile and punctuated by various challenges. Author: Pratibha Singh Sri Lanka was ravaged by several years of war between its government and the LTTE (Liberation […]

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Trust through transparency?

Trust through transparency?
Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel holds a PhD in Social Science and Public Policy from King's College London. Trained as a natural scientist with a BSc in Ecosystem Analysis from Lund University, and an MSc in Physical Geography from Exeter University, Mathis became more and more interested in the politics of global governance. As science student equipped with expert knowledge of both the science and the politics of, inter alia, climate change and geoengineering, he is particularly interested in how knowledge and social order are co-produced across space and time.
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There is a general sense that our political institutions are experiencing a crisis of trust. Only recently, the Luxembourg tax scandal – under Jean-Claude Juncker the country signed secret tax deals with 350 international companies – caused a public outcry. Indirectly related to this crisis are the many transparency provisions with which the European Union […]

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People with disabilities as an invisible workforce potential

People with disabilities as an invisible workforce potential

Radoš Keravica

Rados Keravica holds a master degree from University of Novi Sad, Faculty for Economics. His research interests are related to social policy and social entrepreneurship.In 2011 he joined the Center for Society Orientation in Belgrade and Disability Rights Promotion International as Regional Officer for Europe. Through his work he has engaged in human rights monitoring focusing on disability and PLHIV rights, community-based social service development, deinstitutionalization processes, policy advice in the field of social inclusion, and reporting under international human rights mechanisms, among others.Mr. Keravica is a Co-chair of the IDDC Task Group on HIV & Disability.
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According to the latest EU data, there is still a 26% difference in employment rates for persons with and without disabilities across the EU[1]. This is 30 percentage points lower than the Europe 2020 target of 75%[2] employment for persons with disabilities. Author: Rados Keravica Instead of being passive recipients of social benefits and objects of […]

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Macedonia’s civil society stands up against police brutality

Macedonia’s civil society stands up against police brutality

Aleksandar Bogdanoski

Aleksandar Bogdanoski studies European Public Policy at the Department of Politics, University of York. He is interested in European integration, good governance and human rights.
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June 5th, 2011 in Skopje, Macedonia: 23 year-old Martin Neskovski was beaten to death by an officer of the special police forces during the celebration after the election victory of VMRO-DPMNE, Macedonia’s ruling political party. Eyewitnesses confirmed seeing a police officer brutally beating the boy and dragging the body away from the crowd. In its […]

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Don’t Lag Behind!

Don’t Lag Behind!

Sanja Sontor

Sanja Sontor is a founder and CEO of EduManufaktura, a non-profit organization whose aim is to increase the public awareness and available information across the Balkans on the opportunities and advantages of international higher education. Before founding EduManufaktura, Sanja worked as an analyst and a consultant for international companies and government agencies in the US and in Portugal. Her main professional interests include social policy and welfare state, with an emphasis on education and immigration. Sanja holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Hertie School of Governance and a Master’s degree in Economics and Business from the University of Zagreb, where she was also awarded a degree in Portuguese language and literature.

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The European growth has been substandard for the last decades, but only recently have policymakers understood that Europe’s performance is closely linked to the performance of its universities. Author: Sanja Sontor Universities are essential to economic growth. University innovation and research encourage investments, exports, and a more balanced economy, whereas university research environments generate highly […]

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Why the EU needs a unified aid policy

Why the EU needs a unified aid policy

Sam Andrews

Sam Andrews is a writer and researcher with two Masters degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies, with specializations in the MENA region and in statistical analysis. He has a number of published articles, and has worked with international organizations in Palestine, Brussels, Iraq and London. He is particularly interested in how statistical techniques can help us understand and analyze public policy and political action.
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Having member state contribute individually is an inefficient way to allocate aid – rather, the EU should strengthen the EC’s ability to enact common foreign policy goals and recognise the organizational power of collective action. Author: Sam Andrews ‘A Stronger Global Actor’ is the commitment of the new EC President Juncker. According to his manifesto, […]

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French Anti-terrorism Bill: a new Orwellian reality?

French Anti-terrorism Bill: a new Orwellian reality?

Kristina Mihnevich

Kristina holds a BA of Engineeringand an MA in “European Studies on Society, Science and Technology” (Maastricht University, IT University of Copenhagen). She also successfully finished an OSF Summer School on European Studies at İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi. Her Master's thesis related to the EU-US debates on the Internet privacy after Snowden's revelations. Kristina has a two-year work experience in IT companies, and has recently accomplished her internship on cyber-security in the context of international relations at CERI SciencesPo. Her current research interest is a variety of social aspects of Internet technologies, with main focus on cyber-security,surveillance and privacy.
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Photo: TweakTown French society holds its breath till the 5th May of 2015, the day when the final decision on the Anti-terrorism Bill proposal will be made. And they well have a reason to be afraid. Author: Kristina Mikhnevich If I do not want to subscribe for Facebook, I will not subscribe. The State, it […]

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