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A Quiet Success? The EU-China Partnership in Practice

How are Sino-European relations doing today? “Rather well, since you ask.” This could have been President Xi Jinping’s reply to a hypothetical question he could have been asked during his recent visit to Brussels. For slightly over ten years since the launch of the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, links between the two giants are wider […]

Fake neutrality

For better or for worse, sport, politics and big business are closely linked. Nowhere is this more apparent than around  sport mega-events, where political and economic agendas are omnipresent. Between Sochi and Rio de Janeiro, the year 2014 has again provided ample illustration for how the immense social reach of sport is instrumentalised for global […]

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Swedish Submarine Search Signals Sub Par Stockholm Capabilities

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By James Krotz For over a week, the Royal Swedish Navy and Air Force have been frantically looking for a suspected Russian submarine in Ingaro Bay, the main port approach to the wharves of Stockholm.  On Thursday, the search was finally called off, ending the largest Swedish naval operation since the end of the Cold […]

French economist Jean Marcel Tirole awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics

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Several days ago, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences selected Jean Marcel Tirole to be the 75th recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics. This French economist (the third Frenchman ever to receive this award and 23rd non-American) comes from the Toulouse School of Economics and is recognized for his analysis of market power and […]

Illegal Fishing of Swordfish Highlights Weaknesses in IUU Control Mechanisms

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Swordfish has been in the limelight this year, not less because of the recent ban handed by the EU to Sri Lanka, a swordfish exporter to European markets.  The ban is likely to be implemented in early 2015 and will close the Union’s doors to a substantial volume of seafood. According to the European Commission, […]

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Stock-taking on Britain and the EU

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood | | 1 comment

As we enter the last 200 days of this current Parliament, it’s perhaps useful to spend a moment thinking about where the UK finds itself in relation to the EU. But this is a very reductive reading of the situation. Let’s start by considering UKIP, seeming standard-bearer that it is of the anti-EU movement. Carswell’s […]

Lotus Festival brings the world to Bloomington

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By Andrew Miller Recently the streets of downtown Bloomington underwent a transformation. The bustle of traffic and the sound of honking horns was replaced with the hum of excited crowds and the beats of music from around the world. The 21st Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, which brings artists from across the globe to […]

What is international mediation?

Carolina García Hervás |

Today we are going to talk about mediation with a particular  focus on multi-party mediation efforts. Even thought they might try their best, negotiatiors often do not succeed in reaching a negotiate agreement. In some cases, conflicting parties won’t even engage in negotiations without the help of an actor who is not party to the […]

Serbia - fourteen years after the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic

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October 5, 2014 marked fourteen years since the Democratic Opposition of Serbia coalition staged a mass protest in Belgrade forcing Slobodan Milosevic, president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) at the time, to resign. Butcher of the Balkans, a sobriquet coined for Milosevic in the Western media, reigned over Serbia for thirteen years. He […]

Puppet-master Putin: Part II

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by Ana Fumurescu First Ukraine, now Romania. While Putin has not been focusing his attention as closely on the “island of Latinity” in the Slavic sea as he has on the now war-torn Ukraine, he nevertheless seems to have his fingers tied around a few Romanian strings. Russia Today, the Kremlin’s television propaganda network, just […]

Why did UKIP win in Clacton?

Jon Danzig | | 1 comment

UKIP, a political party whose polices are based on a profound fear of immigrants, has just had their first  MP elected by the people of Clacton, a town which is over 90% white British, with hardly any immigrants.  Yet in London – one of the world’s most diverse ethnic cities, where less than 50% are white British […]

World Day Against the Death Penalty: Japan Today

Mika Obara-Minnitt |

I was recently interviewed by ABC News, the Australian public broadcaster. I was asked my view on Japan’s death penalty policy and some of this interview will be live in Australia today, the 10th Oct 2014, World Day Against the Death Penalty. There are 125 death row inmates in Japan (as of 24 August 2014) and I was […]

Ebola in Europe

Carolina García Hervás | | 2 comments

WHO’s European director says continent remains at low risk and one of the best prepared places to respond to the infection. Ebola has infected about 7,200 people in west Africa, killing more than 3,400 of them in the largest outbreak of the disease in history. Cases have also been imported into Nigeria, Senegal and the US. […]

Stability and instability in the EU

PoliticsatSurrey, Simon Usherwood | | 1 comment

While we wait to find out whether UKIP can secure their first elected MP today, I’d like to take a bit of a bigger view. This comes on the back of a couple of events in the past week that I attended on the future of the EU, one as speaker and one as audience member. A common theme […]

A Quiet Success? The EU-China Partnership in Practice

Ramon Pacheco Pardo | | 2 comments

How are Sino-European relations doing today? “Rather well, since you ask.” This could have been President Xi Jinping’s reply to a hypothetical question he could have been asked during his recent visit to Brussels. For slightly over ten years since the launch of the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, links between the two giants are wider […]

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