Latest Entries
Europe / Relations | Internationale(s) | Beziehungen / The Europe Issue: Dusk or Dawn

Der europäische Zusammenhalt auf die Probe gestellt

by Oliver Authried Österreich und die EU feiern das 20-jährige Jubiläum einer Beziehung, die niemanden so wirklich glücklich zu machen scheint. Ungeachtet der zahlreichen Verbesserungen durch die europäische Integration, sind es zurzeit vor allem die Kritiker und Kritikerinnen, die den Ton in der EU-Politik vorgeben. War es vor 20 Jahren noch schick, pro-europäisch zu sein, … Continue reading

Profiles & Reviews / World

The Review

by Valentina Milanese Depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in a movie is nowadays considered an act of war against the country, as the regime in Pyongyang apparently does not kid around or like jokes. Sony Entertainment, the producer of the movie The Interview, learned this the hard way, as the comedy … Continue reading

Europe / International Economics / The Europe Issue: Dusk or Dawn

Youth Unemployment in Europe: Quo Vadis?

 by Ármand Jámbor-Balog There were more than 5 million unemployed young people at the end of 2014 in the European Union while the Euro area languished under a youth unemployment rate of about 22 percent, according to official data sources. Even Angela Merkel, Germany’s long-serving Chancellor, spoke of the danger of a “lost generation.” The … Continue reading

Europe / International Politics / The Europe Issue: Dusk or Dawn

Britain and Europe: Lessons Learned

by Simon Tasso This year started with a bang, when British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the country could hold a referendum on its EU membership sooner than the proposed date of 2017. A voluntary exit would be the first of its kind. Somewhat similar cases were Greenland, who voted to leave the European … Continue reading

Muslim Extremism in the Balkans
Battle for Hearts and Minds / Europe / Featured / International Politics

Muslim Extremism in the Balkans

by Jelena Vićić Amongst the images of terrorist acts perpetuated by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the ones that caused the most outrage in the Balkans were those of Levdrim Muhaxheri, a Kosovo national, decapitating a Syrian teenager. These images uncovered the reality of ISIS’ success in recruiting foreign fighters not only in … Continue reading

Asia / International Economics / North America

The U.S. meets the AIIB: Overreaction or Foresight?

by Darcy Zhengyang Li The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), advocated by China, has stunned the world and even China itself, even without the bank being fully established yet. In June 2014, when China cautiously invited India to co-found the AIIB and proposed to double the bank’s registered capital from $50 billion to $100 billion, … Continue reading

Europe / Travel


by András Zágoni-Bogsch The afternoon Sun is setting on the broad Tagus River as a colorful array of passers-by cross the Praca do Comércio. This is one of Lisbon’s prestigious main squares, whose extensive marble-covered surface has served for centuries as a gateway for envoys, merchants and visitors. Looking at the proportions of this dazzling … Continue reading

ETIAtalks Season Review: Topics in Sustainable Agriculture
Environment & Technology / Europe

ETIAtalks Season Review: Topics in Sustainable Agriculture

by Maria Wirth & Victoria Haykin ETIAtalks is an annual series of panel discussions organized by students of the Environmental Technologies and International Affairs (ETIA) programme offered conjointly by the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the Vienna University of Technology. Panel topics explore environmental issues, and how these interconnect with society, politics, international relations and … Continue reading

Clinton v. Bush: No this is not 1992
International Politics / North America

Clinton v. Bush: No this is not 1992

by Matthew Rae In November 1786, in a letter-exchange between Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, and the first President of the U.S. George Washington, Mr. Jefferson argued that “a hereditary aristocracy…will change the form of our Governments from the best to the worst in the world.” Fast forward two centuries, with Hilary Clinton and Jeb … Continue reading

Nuclear issues – The NPT RevCon, Iran Talks and Israel
Environment & Technology / World

Nuclear issues – The NPT RevCon, Iran Talks and Israel

by Laura Pelzmann “Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are not utopian ideals. They are critical to global peace and security.” – Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations. In April, a preliminary agreement between the United States and Iran offered hope that a responsible nuclear plan might finally be possible. Negotiations between the P5 + … Continue reading

Relations | Internationale(s) | Beziehungen

Personalisierter Patriotismus

by Nicolas Maximilian Oster Inwiefern sind wir von unserer nationalen Herkunft geprägt? Diese Frage dürfte jeden von uns im Gewissenskampf schon mal beschäftigt haben. Bei dem Versuch eine Antwort darauf zu finden kommen viele wahrscheinlich zu unterschiedlichen Schlussfolgerungen. Es handelt sich immerhin um ein fundamentales identitätspolitisches Problem, das seit der Entstehung des Nationalstaats in unserer … Continue reading

Relations | Internationale(s) | Beziehungen / World

ODD : Utopie Ou Réalité En Puissance ?

by Fatou Ndour 15 ans après la formulation des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le Développement (OMD), la communauté internationale, réunie depuis le 19 janvier dernier autour de négociations intergouvernementales, va élaborer un nouvel agenda pour le développement. L’objectif du prochain sommet de septembre 2015 est d’adopter les nouveaux Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODD), un programme … Continue reading

Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: Finding Common Ground
Africa / Europe / International Politics

Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: Finding Common Ground

by Sabine Krassing Illegal migration from the North African coast to the island of Lampedusa, situated around 300 km from the Libyan coast, has been an ongoing issue since the early 1990s, when Italy and other European countries introduced visa requirements. As early as 2002, the number of refugees coming not only from North African … Continue reading

How Lines in the Sand Determined the Fate of the Middle East (Opinion Piece)
International Politics / Middle East

How Lines in the Sand Determined the Fate of the Middle East (Opinion Piece)

by Hana Đogović In May 1916, two statesmen, the Englishman Sir Mark Sykes and Frenchman Francois Georges-Picot, met in secret and almost arbitrarily divided the Arab peninsula into what later became known as “the spheres of influence.” The fate of this area, the birthplace of all monotheistic religions, was sealed, and the Arab feeling of … Continue reading