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Janice Perlman: “There are so many things in Rio that are never talked about and that are absolutely heroic.”

Janice Perlman: “There are so many things in Rio that are never talked about and that are absolutely heroic.”
Simon Marijsse

Simon Marijsse

Editor at Politheor: European Policy Network
Simon Marijsse holds both a Master’s degree in Public Policy and one in Philosophy (from Ghent University and KU Leuven). After having worked as post lauream researcher at the Jean Jacobs Institute in Bologna, he chose to specialize in Conflict & Development Studies at Ghent University. Inspired by live field work in the Middle-East, Simon currently aims at bridging local grass roots developments with new modes of globalization and rhetorical analysis of policy mechanisms. His interests involve EU foreign policy, historical and contemporary Arab-West relations, and the modalities of subjectivity, identity and state-building practices in the wider MENA region.
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JP: From an early age I had become very interested in how knowledge, research and participation in another culture can generate benefits for local communities. I believe this can be done by establishing a connection between these communities and the level of policy via a bridging person, or by giving a voice to people who […]

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Politheor’s Special Report on RIO 2016: Perspectives beyond the mega-event

Politheor's Special Report on RIO 2016: Perspectives beyond the mega-event
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Politheor is a European policy platform that brings together policy analysts in their mutual endeavour to enhance the quality of discussion on relevant policy issues in Europe. Its Advisory and Editorial Board are comprised of experts affiliated with the top education and policy institutions worldwide. The Politheor center also organizes trainings in policy analysis and promotes new generations of policy experts.
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Editor: Simon Marijsse Authors: Irene Zugasti, Simon Marijsse, Louise Montgomery, Crystal Chow, Cedric Algoed, Tereza Maarova, Melina Monjour, Izza Tahir, Elien Verstraeten, Jakub Rusek, Tine Stausholm, Janice Perlman Download Link: http://politheor.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Politheor-SR-June16.pdf

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Should Sweden abandon its neutrality policy?

Should Sweden abandon its neutrality policy?
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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For over 170 years, Sweden has relied on a neutrality policy to avoid the consequences of war. Sweden’s belief in this position has however started to waver following the re-awakening of the Russian bear. As part of this, Sweden has expanded its NATO partnership and recently signed a “Host Nation Support Agreement”, which allows (upon invitation […]

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Pluralism in a favela: A story of violence and evangelicalism

Pluralism in a favela: A story of violence and evangelicalism
Simon Marijsse

Simon Marijsse

Editor at Politheor: European Policy Network
Simon Marijsse holds both a Master’s degree in Public Policy and one in Philosophy (from Ghent University and KU Leuven). After having worked as post lauream researcher at the Jean Jacobs Institute in Bologna, he chose to specialize in Conflict & Development Studies at Ghent University. Inspired by live field work in the Middle-East, Simon currently aims at bridging local grass roots developments with new modes of globalization and rhetorical analysis of policy mechanisms. His interests involve EU foreign policy, historical and contemporary Arab-West relations, and the modalities of subjectivity, identity and state-building practices in the wider MENA region.
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Author: Simon Marijsse Locked in between the arms of Avenida Brasil, Linha Vermelha and Linha Amarela, Complexo da Maré (map), a conglomeration of 16 favelas in the city of Rio de Janeiro, has resisted attempts of police pacification so far. Back in 2014 Maré hit the international news when it was occupied by 1400 police […]

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The enemy within – Russian influence in the EU

The enemy within – Russian influence in the EU
Suad Skenderi

Suad Skenderi

Suad Skenderi graduated Political Science, International Relations and Journalism at FON University, Macedonia and acquired his Master of Arts degree in Political Science at the Central European University - Budapest. From 2008 to 2012, he has worked as an assistant in the sector for Human Rights and Inter-ethnic relations at "Mesecina" - Gostivar. Currently he is an executive director at Romalitico, the academic medium related to Roma policy analyses. He is interested in data visualizations, infographics, advocacy, minority politics, politics of identity, representation, participation and good governance. In addition, he has contributed for the Balkanist, Bright Green, European Student Think Tank, Nationalia, Iul Pianus
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Author: Suad Skenderi In several situations Russia destabilized Europe: from the annexation of Crimea, escalating the migration crisis to financing European extreme right parties. Some may argue that this is a strong take on Russia and there is lack of evidence. However, public secrets of the European extreme-right anti-system parties are their agenda setting process […]

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Who pacifies the market? Community policing and gentrification in Rio de Janeiro

Who pacifies the market? Community policing and gentrification in Rio de Janeiro
Simon Marijsse

Simon Marijsse

Editor at Politheor: European Policy Network
Simon Marijsse holds both a Master’s degree in Public Policy and one in Philosophy (from Ghent University and KU Leuven). After having worked as post lauream researcher at the Jean Jacobs Institute in Bologna, he chose to specialize in Conflict & Development Studies at Ghent University. Inspired by live field work in the Middle-East, Simon currently aims at bridging local grass roots developments with new modes of globalization and rhetorical analysis of policy mechanisms. His interests involve EU foreign policy, historical and contemporary Arab-West relations, and the modalities of subjectivity, identity and state-building practices in the wider MENA region.
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Author: Simon Marijsse, currently residing in Rio de Janeiro, researching interventionist policies in Favelas and their effects on subjectivity, security and religion. The image of the beautifully constructed settlements dispersed around, in, and throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro increasingly taps into a romantic ideal of sexy bohemianism. When Eduardo Paes, mayor of Rio […]

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Turkey: Who’s the enemy?

Turkey: Who’s the enemy?
Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki holds a BA Degree in Law, a Postgraduate Degree in Social Policy and an MA in International Relations. Her international professional experience include the NGO Victimology Society of Serbia dealing with victim support and reconciliation; the OSCE mission in Kosovo - in Human Rights and Communities; and currently a Policy Research internship at Politheor - European Policy Network. She has also worked as a translator for several years.
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Author: Gianna Merki There are two main reasons why the EU should take a stronger stance on this situation and encourage Turkey to resolve its internal issues by reconsidering its relations with the Kurdish minority and even with the PKK. Firstly, as a candidate for joining the EU, it needs to achieve stability and be […]

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Youth radicalization: the enemy within

Youth radicalization: the enemy within
Beatrice Mumbi

Beatrice Mumbi

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a Kenyan national currently pursuing an MA in Public Policy and Administration. I am currently working with an international refugee-serving organization Kenya as the regional advocacy officer covering five countries in Eastern Africa. Previously, I have worked with organizations promoting human rights and civil society development both in Kenya and in the islands of the South Pacific (Vanuatu and Fiji). My interests include democratization in Africa, African foreign policies, immigration and asylum policies and sustainable development.
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Author: Beatrice Mumbi When a Kenyan University was attacked in April 2015, the country was devastated by the news that the mastermind of the attack was a young brilliant lawyer, and a Kenyan in all respects. Previous attacks had also featured Kenyan nationals but this fact had not been given as much attention. Similarly in […]

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That is My Name! – The Battle for the Name Macedonia

That is My Name! - The Battle for the Name Macedonia
Suad Skenderi

Suad Skenderi

Suad Skenderi graduated Political Science, International Relations and Journalism at FON University, Macedonia and acquired his Master of Arts degree in Political Science at the Central European University - Budapest. From 2008 to 2012, he has worked as an assistant in the sector for Human Rights and Inter-ethnic relations at "Mesecina" - Gostivar. Currently he is an executive director at Romalitico, the academic medium related to Roma policy analyses. He is interested in data visualizations, infographics, advocacy, minority politics, politics of identity, representation, participation and good governance. In addition, he has contributed for the Balkanist, Bright Green, European Student Think Tank, Nationalia, Iul Pianus
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Author: Suad Skenderi Therefore, the public debated if the Republic of Macedonia is really ready to change its name in order to progress towards the EU and NATO or was it merely an attempt to discredit the current government and their diplomatic potential? Having the same government for nine years in Macedonia, I doubt that […]

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Kosovo: Moving forward with the integration of Serbs?

Kosovo: Moving forward with the integration of Serbs?
Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki

Gianna Merki holds a BA Degree in Law, a Postgraduate Degree in Social Policy and an MA in International Relations. Her international professional experience include the NGO Victimology Society of Serbia dealing with victim support and reconciliation; the OSCE mission in Kosovo - in Human Rights and Communities; and currently a Policy Research internship at Politheor - European Policy Network. She has also worked as a translator for several years.
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Author: Gianna Merki Pristina has witnessed in recent months several protests of the main opposition party in Kosovo – Vetëvendosje (Self-determination) against the Brussels Agreement, especially its part on the Association of Municipalities with Serb majority. Within the scope of normalization of relations both parties signed this agreement in 2013 and the guidelines regarding the […]

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